Official Press Release
TAMPA, FL., February 13, 2002 - CrossGeneration Comics, Inc. has contractedNancy Newhouse Porter, Chair of the Entertainment & New Media Group of thelaw firm of Weston, Benshoof, Rochefort, Rubalcava and MacCuish, to serve astheir entertainment attorney. Newhouse Porter will team with Michael Uslanof 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 beworking with in this capacity.
Newhouse Porter's experience in the entertainment industry includes sixyears in business development for The Walt Disney Company, and she is mostknown in Hollywood for her representation of Academy Award-winner JohnLasseter in connection with his "Toy Story" directing deal. She has devoteda significant amount of her practice to representing the key filmmakers ofanimated hits such as "Antz," "A Bug's Life," "Prince of Egypt," "Tarzan,""Rugrats," "Shrek," and "Monsters, Inc." as well as several upcominganimated films from Disney, DreamWorks, Fox, Universal, Sony, Paramount andothers.
Newhouse Porter has substantial experience representing prominent talent,such as writers, directors and other high-level artists and executives inthe animation and digital production field, as well as the traditionallive-action medium. She also represents clients in all aspects of thegrowing field of "new media"; in particular, digital production, visualeffects, computer-generated animation and traditional animation in featurefilm, television, interactive media and Internet-based distribution outlets.
From 1988 to 1991, Newhouse Porter was Vice President of Business and LegalAffairs at Shelley Duvall's Think Entertainment where she oversaw allbusiness and legal aspects of the production company. She structured andnegotiated financing and distribution arrangements with cable programservices in addition to negotiating and drafting contracts relating to thedevelopment and production of motion pictures and television product. Newhouse Porter spent six years at The Walt Disney Company in businessaffairs negotiating production agreements, feature-length motion picturesand specials produced for pay television and for home video, publictelevision, and television syndication for the Disney Channel. She alsonegotiated agreements with European and Canadian co-production partners. Inaddition, she also negotiated licensing agreements for programming licensedfrom other major studios and independent distributors for exhibition on TheDisney Channel.
In law school, she was an extern at the White House in the Office ofTelecommunication Policy for the Carter Administration.
In an article from the August 9, 1999 issue of California Law Week, JeffreyKatzenberg, one of the heads of DreamWorks, SKG commented on his businessrelationship with Newhouse Porter.
"I love her because she's smart, talented and wise," Katzenberg was quotedas saying in the article. "And I hate her because she's so good at what shedoes. Nancy has made an extraordinary investment of effort to understandwhat it takes to make an animated movie and what artists do."
Chris Meledandri, president of feature animation for 20th Century Fox, wasquoted 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 longand exhausting production schedules. Rather than act as merely a dealmaker,[Newhouse Porter] balances incredibly strong representation for clients witha partnership arrangement with the studio. It's a very unusual quality."
Mark Alessi, CEO and Publisher of CrossGeneration Comics, said he wasimpressed after only his first meeting with Newhouse Porter.
"We are extremely fortunate to have added Nancy to our exclusiveentertainment licensing team to work alongside Michael Uslan and BrandedEntertainment, our film development partner," Alessi said. "Together, sheand Michael are the A-Team of film and television licensing and production.Between them, they have worked on some of the most successful entertainmentfranchises in the world, and now they are flexing their considerable musclefor CrossGen. You won't believe what we'll be announcing soon, based inlarge part on Michael and Nancy's efforts."