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Extra: Donaldson + Callif hires from Warner; “Free Solo” wins BAFTA doc award

Dale Nelson joins Donaldson + Callif as partner Former Warner Bros. VP and senior intellectual property counsel Dale Nelson has been named partner at LA-based entertainment law firm Donaldson + Callif. Nelson (pictured) ...
February 11, 2019

Dale Nelson joins Donaldson + Callif as partner

Former Warner Bros. VP and senior intellectual property counsel Dale Nelson has been named partner at LA-based entertainment law firm Donaldson + Callif.

Nelson (pictured) has more than two decades of legal experience handling copyright, trademark and right of publicity matters. She lectures frequently on intellectual property law and serves as treasurer for the United States chapter of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI-US), and on the Copyright Committee of AIPPI-International. She formerly served on the board of directors of the Los Angeles Copyright Society.

“Dale’s longevity and expertise in the intellectual property space will be an invaluable asset to our practice,” said partner Michael C. Donaldson, in a statement. “Her addition underscores our commitment to providing our clients with the top legal talent in the industry.”

(By Frederick Blichert)

Free Solo takes BAFTA documentary category

Elisabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin’s critically acclaimed climbing documentary Free Solo has taken home the documentary prize at the 2019 EE British Academy Film Awards on Sunday (Feb. 10) at Royal Albert Hall in London.

Produced by National Geographic, the 100-minute film follows climber Alex Honnold as he ascends Yosemite National Park’s 3,000-foot El Capitan “free solo” (without  safety ropes or safety gear).

Free Solo has already garnered a number of awards on the film circuit, including a 2019 Academy Award nomination and a 2018 Critics’ Choice Documentary Award.

Nominees featured in the documentary category included Ian Bonhôte and Peter Ettedgui’s McQueen; Julie Cohen and Betsy West’s RBG; Peter Jackson’s They Shall Not Grow Old; and Tim Wardle’s Three Identical Strangers.

Outside the documentary category, Alex Lockwood’s documentary short 73 Cows took home the award in the British Short Film category. The 15-minute short doc chronicles the story of Jay Wilde, the first farmer in the UK to give up beef farming for sustainable organic vegan farming.

Toni Myers to be honored with Order of Canada

Filmmaker, producer and editor Toni Myers has been appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada, one of the country’s highest civilian honors.

Myers has been a pioneer of the movie industry for the past 50 years. She is renowned for her IMAX features about earth and space. Her body of work includes the award-winning films, The Dream is Alive, Destiny in Space and Blue Planet.

Canada’s governor general Julie Payette will present the insignia of Officer of the Order of Canada to Myers during a private ceremony in Toronto later today (Feb. 11).

Created in 1967, the Order of Canada recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Appointments are made by the governor general on the recommendation of the Advisory Council for the Order of Canada.

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