Fri Mar 05, 2010 @ 03:39PM PST
By Matthew Belloni
There's a new player in town for resolving Hollywood disputes. Launching March 8, the Entertainment Mediation Institute is billing itself as "the first-ever organization dedicated exclusively to resolving disputes among parties in the entertainment industry."
Co-founded by veteran showbiz lawyer James Mulholland and former State Senator Charles Calderon (who once chaired the senate's select committee on entertainment), the goal here seems to be to compete directly with mediation companies like JAMS and ADR Services by offering a roster of former showbiz execs as insider neutrals. Here are the mediators on board so far:Ron Mardigian, former William Morris exec and head of West Coast motion picture lit
David Braun, a music and entertainment attorney
Irwin Russell, attorney and former Disney board member
Claire L. Rothman, former president of the Forum and executive vp of Ticketmaster
Ralph Kamon, a former lawyer for Paramount and United Artists
David Wardlow, former agent at ICM subsidiary Chasin-Park-Citron, currently president of Wardlow & Associates
Gregory Bernstein, former Columbia Pictures, TriStar and WGA exec
Fred Kuperberg, former Disney/ABC Cable Networks Group general counsel
Steve Peace, former state senator, film/TV producer and San Diego Padres board member
Priscilla Wardlow, EMI’s executive director and principal consultant to PricewaterhouseCoopers; holds a Harvard MBA and is a former vp of Honeywell, Inc.