Leadership Advisory Branch

  • Peter Steckelman (Chair Emeritus), Senior Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs, Tennis Channel
  • Chad Levy (Chair), Principal Counsel, Legal Affairs, Disney
  • Claudia Teran, Executive Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Fox Networks Groups
  • Richard Patti, Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Live Nation
  • Christa Zofcin Workman, Executive Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs, River Road Entertainment
  • Jimmy Nguyen, Founder and Chief Win Advisor, New Win Digital


Law School Advisory Branch

  • William Nix (Chair), Chairman, Creative Projects Group, Adjunct Professor and Industry Adviser to its Entertainment, Media and Sports Dispute Resolution Project, Pepperdine/Straus Institute
  • Nancy Rapoport, Gordon Silver Professor of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Jay Dougherty, Professor of Law and Director, Entertainment & Media Law Institute and Concentration Program, Loyola Law School
  • John A. Schulman, Executive Director, Entertainment Law Program, University of Southern California.


Women Who Lead Advisory Branch

  • Krystle Brown (Chair), FCRA Home Ent., Interactive Ent., Int’l & Local Production Deal Management, Warner Bros. Ent. Group of Companies
  • Caroline Mankey (Vice-Chair), Chair of the Specialty Rights and Technology Group, Sedgwick LLP
  • Erica Van Loon (Chair Emiritus), Partner, Glaser Weil
  • Camille Rustia, Manager, Original Series at Netflix
  • Karin Miller, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, ULTAVIOLET
  • M. Swayze, Manager , Business & Legal Affairs, Hasbro Studios
  •  Jamie Lynn Frieden, Associate, Leopold Petrich & Smith
  • Maria Daatio, Counsel, The Walt Disney Company / Maker Studios
  • Lauren Pagoni, Manager, Business & Legal Affairs, Lionsgate 

Advisory Boards


The AMEC Advisory Boards sets the organization’s strategic goals,maintains relevancy in the constantly evolving Entertainment and Media industries' landscape and assures the fulfillment of our mission. 


Each Board member is appointed to serve for  one-year term. Board members may serve a maximum of three consecutive one-year terms (three years).

Law Firm Advisory Branch

  • David Blood (Chair), Partner, DENTONS
  • Robert Roby (Vice Chair), Partner, Knobbe Martens
  • Patrick Sweeney, Founder and Managing Partner, IE Law Group
  • Jesse Brody, Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP


Emerging Leaders Advisory Branch

  • Jonathan Schwartz (Chair), Executive Director, Paradigm Talent Agency
  • Stephanie Ward (Vice Chair), Director of Business Development and Legal Affairs, Electus LLC
  • Brian Schaller (Chair Emeritus), Counsel, InfoLawGroup LLP
  • Aerin Snow, Associate, Sidley Austin, LLP
  • Anat Hovav, Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs, MGM
  • Kathy Polishuk, Corporate Counsel, Amazon Studios
  • Doon Baqi, Business Affairs, Warner Bros. Television.
  • Ethan Dietrich, Director, Business & Legal Affairs, Discovery Communications, LLC
  • Azita Iskandar, IP & Entertainment Litigator, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC
  • Emile Nicolau, Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs, Critical Content
  • Michael Harris, Director, Business and Legal Affairs, Critical Content


International Advisory Branch

  • Francesco Portolano, Portolano, Italy
  • Simon Vumbaca, ASV Law London, UK
  • Gowree Gokhale, Nishith Desai Associates, India
  • Leila Laila, Alem & Associates, Lebanon