• Devereux Chatillon

    Specialties: Licensing, Intellectual Property, Entertainment Law, Copyright Law,
    Data Privacy, Digital Media, General Counsel

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    Partner, Co-Founder

    Devereux Chatillon is an experienced media and intellectual property attorney who specializes in the area of copyright and trademark counseling; strategic positioning and risk management; and litigation advice, including commercial as well as content related. She works with large and small companies, including established firms and start-ups, to advise them on the use of every kind of content, from digital to traditional print, including licenses, rights and litigation. She also creates new templates for applications and content use across all platforms and provides general advice to clients in identifying and helping minimize legal risk.


    Dev has spent many years at the highest levels of the corporate world, working at Callaway Digital Arts, Inc. (as VP Business Development); Scholastic, Inc. (as Senior Vice President, Corporate Secretary & General Counsel); Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP (as Partner); Miramax Films (as Executive Vice President); The New Yorker (as Vice President & General Counsel); and ABC (as Senior General Attorney).


    Educated at New York University (JD, Law), where she served on the NYU Law Review, and Harvard University (AB, American History), Dev lives and practices in New York City. She is a Adjunct Instructor in the Masters Program in Publishing at the NYU School of Continuing Professional Studies. Dev is member of the Board of Trustees of the Practicing Law Institute, where she serves as Co-Chair of the Pro Bono Committee.  Dev is admitted in New York. She is not admitted in California.


    Sample representations include New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc.,  Hachette Books, How2Media, Inc., and the producers of "Fahrenheit 9/11."

  • Articles & Essays 

    "The World's Greatest Detective and The Public Domain: What Remains of Sherlock Holmes?"   The answer to the mystery of what happens when part of a character is in the public domain and part is not. Or perhaps just more complications. MLRC Bulletin, August 2014

    "When Amazon Becomes The Strand Bookstore-The ReDigi Case: Whether US Copyright Law Allows Resale of Used Digital Goods"

    Media Law Resource Center Newsletter, July 2013

    "Digital Comes to the Book Industry-EBooks in 2013" An updated review of current legal issues relating to digital distribution and ebooks.

    The Computer & Internet Lawyer, Vol. 30, Number 7, July 2013

    "Citizens United: Coming Soon to a Cable Broadcast and Satellite Channel Near You!" A poorly shot documentary led to a sweeping Supreme Court decision. 

    Communications Lawyer, April 2010

    "From Print to Pixels: Legal Issues in Digital Publishing" Whose ebook rights are they? 
    MRLC Bulletin, June 2010

    "Its About Search, Stupid" Navigating the dominant search engines and understanding how they work.
    HuffingtonPost.com, April 7, 2010

  • Panels, Appearances, Boards & Awards

    Chair, Board of Trustees of Practising Law Institute
    Assumed the Chair of the Board in April, 2021

    PLI Advanced Copyright Law Annual Review 2017
    Presentation on recent cases involving music and the public domain. March 16, 2017. http://www.pli.edu/re.aspx?pk=186439&t=HLC7_FCLTY

    NYU School of Professional Studies

    Received the 2016 Teaching Excellence Award for teaching Publishing Law in the Center for Publishing

    Copyright & Technology 2016 A panel on Mass digitization--the Google Books case and the future of copyright.

    PLI Advanced Copyright Law Annual Review 2015 Presentation on Sherlock Holmes--a case of characters developed in a series and the public domain. March 25, 2015.  Klinger v. Conan Doyle Estate and related issues.

    Digital Book World 2014: Subscription Service Providers
    Moderated a panel of today's leading subscription aggregators and purveyors. January 15, 2014

    Sharjah International Book Fair Professional Development Program
    Participated in programs designed to help Arabic language publishers negotiate international licenses. November 2013

    PLI Information Technology Institute
    The Innovative Influence of Digital Distribution for Books, Music, Films, Television, Videos and Other Content. April/May 2013

    The News Hour with Jim Lehrer.
    Interviewed for a segment on FCC Fines for Broadcast Indecency. Ms. Chatillon helped examine the levying by the Bush Administration of extraordinary fines  on broadcasters for words and content that had long been deemed acceptable and the danger posed to the free speech rights of artists, journalists and citizens.
    March 16, 2006

    The News Hour with Jim Lehrer
    Interviewed for a segment on the CIA and subpoenaed journalists
    November 2, 2005

  • Lisa Weiss

    Specialties: Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Strategic Alliances, Venture Capital Transactions, Licensing and Distribution Agreements and General Corporate Counseling and Commercial Agreements in the Media, Entertainment, Digital Media and Technology Sectors

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    Partner, Co-Founder

    Lisa Weiss is a founding member of Chatillon Weiss PLLC. She specializes in corporate and commercial transactions in the media, entertainment, and digital media sectors, including merger and acquisition transactions, joint ventures, strategic alliances, license, distribution, development, master services, and other commercial agreements, debt and equity financings, and general corporate and strategic counsel. Her clients include companies in the music, music publishing, film, television, games, social media, advertising, digital distribution, and technology industries, as well as private equity investors active in those industries.


    Lisa brings to her practice a combination of years of experience as a partner in large New York corporate law firms and as general counsel of a major music company. Prior to forming Chatillon Weiss, Lisa was a corporate/venture technology partner in Dentons US LLP's New York office, and previously served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Sony Music Entertainment.


    Lisa graduated from Columbia University School of Law (J.D.) and Yale University (B.A., Philosophy and Political Science). She is an active member of the Copyright Society of the USA and is admitted in New York.


    Sample representations include:

    • 1091 Media LLC, in connection with its sale to Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment
    • FilmNation Entertainment LLC, in connection with Roadshow Films' $18 million investment in FilmNation
    • The Orchard Enterprises, Inc. in connection with the sale by Dimensional Associates, LLC of The Orchard to Sony Music Entertainment
    • EMI Group Ltd. as U.S. local counsel in connection with the sale of its music publishing operations to Sony/ATV Music Publishing and the sale of its recorded music operations to Universal Music Group
    • Imagem C.V., one of the world's leading independent music publishers, in connection with its acquisition of the Richard Rodgers (non-Hammerstein) music publishing catalog
    • WiredSet in its sale of assets, including its Trendrr analytics platform, to Twitter
  • Articles & Recognitions

    Ranked by Chambers USA for 2013 and 2014 as a leading lawyer in Media & Entertainment, Corporate, New York.  "Lisa Weiss...is highly skilled in M&A matters. Her transactional expertise spans across the technology, digital media, film, gaming and music industries."

    Recognized by the Legal 500’s 2012 and 2014 editions for Technology Transactions and Technology Outsourcing, where she is described as “excellent on all counts”.

    "Music Licensing", a primer and resource for all the questions about recorded music and music publishing licensing that general practice lawyers have but are afraid to ask, published in Practical Law The Journal, December 2014/January 2015

  • Panels & Appearances

    Media & Entertainment: Spotlight on M&A in the US and Canada

    Dentons Los Angeles MCLE Seminar
    January 7, 2014

    Making the Digital Deal

    Copyright Society of USA Annual Meeting

    June 10, 2013

    From the Cloud to the Corner Pub: What's New in Media & Entertainment – A Transatlantic Perspective
    Dentons Los Angeles MCLE Seminar
    January 18, 2012

    Navigating the Corporates or “Dancing with Elephants”
    Astia New York Doing It Right
    July 22, 2010

    Intellectual Property Issues in Business Transactions

    Practicing Law Institute (PLI)

    January 21, 2010

    Star War Rebels: Recon Missions
    (aka Due Diligence) on Digital and IP Assets


    ACC San Francisco Bay Area Chapter

    Deal or No Deal 2015


    November 19, 2015