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Unscripted and Unprepared with SmithDehn LLP’s Russell Smith

The latest episode of Unscripted and Unprepared, a podcast from Main Event Media’s Jimmy Fox and presented by realscreen, is now available via iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher, and features ...
July 10, 2018

The latest episode of Unscripted and Unprepared, a podcast from Main Event Media’s Jimmy Fox and presented by realscreen, is now available via iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher, and features reality television and entertainment “legal guru” Russel Smith of SmithDehn LLP.

With 30 years of experience in counseling and representing corporate and individual clients, Smith’s client list reads like a ‘who’s who’ of the film and entertainment industry. Among the companies he has counseled: Paramount Pictures, HBO, Sony Pictures Entertainment, STARZ, the BBC, 21st Century Fox Film Corporation, Showtime, STX Entertainment, Sky Television (UK), Lightbox, Media Rights Capital, ITV, All3Media, John Wiley & Sons, Reed Elsevier, Miramax Films, MTV Networks, Universal Records, Simon & Schuster, Channel Four Television (UK), American Broadcasting Companies, Def Jam Records, Penguin Books, Warner Books, Matthew Marks Gallery, Spin Magazine, and the Estates of Elvis Presley, Andy Warhol, and John Cheever.

He has also worked as the “legal architect” behind several of Sacha Baron Cohen’s projects, including Da Ali G Show, Borat, Bruno, and his upcoming Showtime project, Who Is America?

Smith also serves as CEO of Convergent Media (Guantanamo Diary, Buena Vista Social Club Adios), overseeing international film and television development, financing, production and sales; and as head of production for Divergent Pictures.

In this episode, Smith discusses topics relevant to unscripted producers while also sharing choice stories from his years in the legal trenches.

Unscripted and Unprepared, produced by Jimmy Fox in partnership with realscreen, began in late June 2016, and has so far featured interviews with Brent Montgomery, Jon Murray, Thom Beers, Ugly Brother Studios’ Mike Duffy, History’s Eli Lehrer, Mark Itkin, Jonathan Koch, Ben Silverman, Jane Latman, Heather Olander, David Eilenberg, and Vinnie Malhotra, among many others.

Fox’s production credits include the Emmy-winning CNN series United Shades of America, CNBC’s Make Me a Millionaire Inventor and Investigation Discovery’s Breaking Homicide and Is O.J. Innocent: The Missing Evidence.

With Main Event Media, credits include Spike’s true-crime series It Was Him: The Many Murders of Ed Edwards, as well as the unscripted comedy, Hollywood Darlings for POP.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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