Official Press Release
TAMPA, FL., February 13, 2002 – CrossGeneration Comics, Inc. has contracted
Nancy Newhouse Porter, Chair of the Entertainment & New Media Group of the
law firm of Weston, Benshoof, Rochefort, Rubalcava and MacCuish, to serve as
their entertainment attorney. Newhouse Porter will team with Michael Uslan
of Branded Entertainment to represent CrossGen in the areas of film,
television and other new media.
CrossGen will be the only comic book company that Newhouse Porter will be
working with in this capacity.
Newhouse Porter’s experience in the entertainment industry includes six
years in business development for The Walt Disney Company, and she is most
known in Hollywood for her representation of Academy Award-winner John
Lasseter in connection with his “Toy Story” directing deal. She has devoted
a significant amount of her practice to representing the key filmmakers of
animated hits such as “Antz,” “A Bug’s Life,” “Prince of Egypt,” “Tarzan,”
“Rugrats,” “Shrek,” and “Monsters, Inc.” as well as several upcoming
animated films from Disney, DreamWorks, Fox, Universal, Sony, Paramount and
Newhouse Porter has substantial experience representing prominent talent,
such as writers, directors and other high-level artists and executives in
the animation and digital production field, as well as the traditional
live-action medium. She also represents clients in all aspects of the
growing field of “new media”; in particular, digital production, visual
effects, computer-generated animation and traditional animation in feature
film, television, interactive media and Internet-based distribution outlets.
From 1988 to 1991, Newhouse Porter was Vice President of Business and Legal
Affairs at Shelley Duvall’s Think Entertainment where she oversaw all
business and legal aspects of the production company. She structured and
negotiated financing and distribution arrangements with cable program
services in addition to negotiating and drafting contracts relating to the
development and production of motion pictures and television product.
Newhouse Porter spent six years at The Walt Disney Company in business
affairs negotiating production agreements, feature-length motion pictures
and specials produced for pay television and for home video, public
television, and television syndication for the Disney Channel. She also
negotiated agreements with European and Canadian co-production partners. In
addition, she also negotiated licensing agreements for programming licensed
from other major studios and independent distributors for exhibition on The
In law school, she was an extern at the White House in the Office of
Telecommunication Policy for the Carter Administration.
In an article from the August 9, 1999 issue of California Law Week, Jeffrey
Katzenberg, one of the heads of DreamWorks, SKG commented on his business
relationship with Newhouse Porter.
“I love her because she’s smart, talented and wise,” Katzenberg was quoted
as saying in the article. “And I hate her because she’s so good at what she
does. Nancy has made an extraordinary investment of effort to understand
what it takes to make an animated movie and what artists do.”
Chris Meledandri, president of feature animation for 20th Century Fox, was
quoted in the same August 9, 1999 issue of California Law Week as saying,
“She gets truly invested in the movie and supports a project through long
and exhausting production schedules. Rather than act as merely a dealmaker,
[Newhouse Porter] balances incredibly strong representation for clients with
a partnership arrangement with the studio. It’s a very unusual quality.”
Mark Alessi, CEO and Publisher of CrossGeneration Comics, said he was
impressed after only his first meeting with Newhouse Porter.
“We are extremely fortunate to have added Nancy to our exclusive
entertainment licensing team to work alongside Michael Uslan and Branded
Entertainment, our film development partner,” Alessi said. “Together, she
and Michael are the A-Team of film and television licensing and production.
Between them, they have worked on some of the most successful entertainment
franchises in the world, and now they are flexing their considerable muscle
for CrossGen. You won’t believe what we’ll be announcing soon, based in
large part on Michael and Nancy’s efforts.”
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