Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Songwriters Unite to Support Steven Tyler’s Efforts to Bring Awareness to Issues Affecting Their Rights

Following legendary songwriter Steven Tyler’s very public crusade with Donald Trump over the use of his song “Dream On” at several campaign events, and the op-ed by Tyler published today on the Huffington Post, the Songwriters of North America (SONA) posted a blog on their website in full support of Tyler’s efforts to bring a needed awareness to issues affecting songwriters in the United States. Tyler’s efforts come at a pivotal time for songwriters in America as 75% of their income is heavily regulated by the government through the consent decrees enacted over ASCAP and BMI by the Department of Justice and other unnecessary government regulations. 
SONA was co-founded by Michelle Lewis (Cher, Little Mix, currently a full-time composer for Disney) and Kay Hanley (founding member of Letters to Cleo, currently a full-time composer for Disney). Other prominent members include Kara DioGuardi (Pink, Jason Derulo, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood), Anne Preven (Katy Perry, BeyoncĂ©, Miley Cyrus, Madonna), Claudia Brant (Latin GRAMMY Award winner, three-time SESAC Latina Songwriter of the Year, songs for Il Divo, Ricky Martin, Santana, Paulina Rubio), Victoria Horn (Katy Perry, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Enrique Iglesias), Lindy Robbins (Jason Derulo, Demi Lovato, Hot Chelle Rae), Shelly Peiken (Christina Aguilera, Meredith Brooks, Brandy), Pam Sheyne (Christina Aguilera, Jessica Simpson, Corinne Bailey Rae), Danielle Brisebois (Natasha Bedingfield, member of New Radicals), Michael “Smidi” Smith (Miley Cyrus, Giorgio Moroder, Pussycat Dolls, Ke$ha), Jack Kugell (Martina McBride, Pussycat Dolls), and Andrew Rollins (composer for TV show “Nashville”). 
"We would like to thank a fellow songwriter, Steven Tyler, for shining a light on issues affecting songwriters’ rights,” says Michelle Lewis, Executive Director of Songwriters of North America (SONA). “His cease and desist letter to Donald Trump was not a political issue, rather an issue of vital importance to us songwriters which is the use of our music in political campaigns. We do not have the right to approve these uses because of overbearing government regulations. We hope this momentum from Steven’s efforts is carried forward to the broader discussion about the consent decrees that govern ASCAP and BMI and other outdated laws that dictate how our music is to be used and how we are paid. We must create mutually beneficial solutions for both songwriters and the digital community so we can effectively co-exist and thrive in the new music business.” 
Added David Israelite, President & CEO of the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA), “Steven Tyler is standing up for the rights of all American songwriters. Songs have value. And the use of those songs should be under the control of those who create them. It is only because of outdated consent decrees imposed during World War II that American songwriters don't have control of their songs. That needs to change.”
About SONA:
Songwriters of North America (SONA) is a legislative advocacy group founded by several high-profile songwriters to form a unified voice on legislative issues affecting their rights. At SONA’s first event in Los Angeles in April, over 100 songwriters gathered with creators’ rights advocate and SONA attorney advisor, Dina LaPolt, for a “Songwriter Summit” to discuss the consent decrees governing ASCAP and BMI and other important legislative issues like the Songwriter Equity Act, which is currently pending in Congress. SONA is rapidly growing in size as more songwriters hear their efforts in songwriter advocacy. Learn more at
About Dina LaPolt:
Dina LaPolt, Esq. is the owner of LaPolt Law, P.C., a boutique transactional entertainment law firm in Los Angeles that specializes in representing music creators. In addition to practicing law, Dina serves as an activist for creators and celebrities in the areas of privacy and copyright reform often becoming involved in legislative matters that affect the rights of her clients and advocating on their behalf. She is an attorney advisor to the GRAMMY Creators Alliance, a group formed to present a unified voice for music creators on legislative issues. This year, Dina was named to both the Hollywood Reporter’s Power Lawyers 2015 Top Music Business Attorneys and Billboard’s Music’s Most Powerful Attorneys. 
About the NMPA:
Founded in 1917, the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) is the trade association representing all American music publishers and their songwriting partners. The NMPA’s mandate is to protect and advance the interests of music publishers and songwriters in matters relating to the domestic and global protection of music copyrights. Learn more at
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Valerie Allen 
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For all NMPA related press inquiries, please contact: 
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Monday, September 28, 2015

Jon Hotchkiss Unveils New Indie TV Network Adorable Puppies Inc

Move Over Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu... 
The Newest Player in Online Streaming Is Here

Los Angeles, California (PRWEB) September 27, 2015 -- “The Click Stops Here,” says Emmy nominated writer and veteran TV show runner Jon Hotchkiss. Hotchkiss has carved his own digital future with what he calls a “Next Gen TV” network. Hotchkiss’ owned and distributed content is for everyone and anyone interested in pop culture, science and insight.  Hotchkiss has placed his bet on success with self-funded, un-censored and commercial free TV that he offers through his own streaming network platform called Adorable Puppies has two shows currently available online via subscription basis that will be part of a Hollywood industry launch party set for the third show, “Pizza With Writers,” on Tuesday, October 13th in Los Angeles, California.

Hotchkiss has taken complete control over his original content and distribution without censorship or traditional commercial investment. Hotchkiss says, “These shows are self funded, written, produced and distributed through my own network. I think of these shows as MY adorable puppies. I hope that people will love them as much as I do and tell others about them in the same way they share adorable puppy photos on social media.”

Hotchkiss, a veteran TV writer, show runner & series creator, with 14 Emmy nominations and numerous TV credits, has amassed the latest production gear necessary to create, produce, edit and globally distribute unique, exciting and “network sized” factual entertainment programs that he is known for.’s TV shows are crafted with the knowledge and sensibility of a highly respected, Emmy nominated, industry leader.

“Pizza With Writers,” is a half hour program that Hotchkiss shot in his backyard using an authentic, old-world wood fired pizza oven as a set. The first episode features Hotchkiss cooking and talking with “The Muppet Show” (ABC TV) co-creator Bob Kushell. For pop-culture fans, “Pizza With Writers” offers a unique opportunity to meet the talented people who create their favorite shows. And for those who demand a deeper dive, the show also provides an insider’s look at the writing and creative process. The only thing traditional about this series is that there are 13-episodes. Future episodes feature writers from tried and true rating winners including: Chris McGuire (Head Writer, Comedy Central’s Justin Bieber Roast), Jay Kogen (The Simpsons and School of Rock (Nickelodeon), Jordanna Arkin (co-creator, Star vs The Forces of Evil), Kayden Kross (NY Times, Salon, Slate, Vice), Marc Guggenheim (creator, Arrow (WB) and Legends of Tomorrow (WB), Mark DeCarlo (Host, more than 1000 hours of TV), Ned Rice (The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Real Time With Bill Maher), Nick Malis (Head Writer, Tosh.0), Ray James (Family Guy), Rob Kutner (Conan (TBS) and The Daily Show With Jon Stewart), Steve Hofstetter (comedian, 30 million+ YouTube views), Tess Rafferty (@midnight and The Soup).

Other TV programs exclusively distributed on Hotchkiss’ new content delivery platform, Adorable Puppies, Inc., include the 100% independently produced series, “This Vs. That” and “Get Sexxx Tonight.” “This Vs. That” stars Brad Sherwood (“Whose Line is It Anyway”) with Chris Tallman (“Reno: 911") and Mark DeCarlo (famed TV host). Hotchkiss’ informational show “Get Sexxx Tonight” stars Kayden Kross, and has been described as “The Daily Show" meets “Masters of Sex.”


Along with being 100% independent, the content on Adorable Puppies, Inc. is also 100% uncensored and 100% commercial free. It’s thanks to this independence, which is 100% unprecedented in the TV business that Mr. Hotchkiss is able to offer viewers a unique premium experience. According to Hotchkiss, “This is only possible when TV creators are NOT beholden to antiquated broadcast standards or timid advertiser sensibilities.”

Subscription Rate: $1.99 for one series / $3.99 for all three series Pizza With Writers - This VS. That - Get Sexxx Tonight.  AdorablePuppies, Inc. will donate 20% of all sales to local animal charities.

All shows are created, directed, written and distributed by 14 time Emmy nominated television executive Jon Hotchkiss at his studio located in Sherman Oaks, CA. Mr. Hotchkiss’ credits also include: “The Truth About Sex,” (Playboy TV), “Invasion of the X-Mas Lights,” (TLC), “My Dad is Better Than Your Dad” (NBC), and “Punkin Chunkin” (Science). Jon also ran the series “Bullshit with Penn & Teller,” wrote for “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” (HBO) and for five years, was one of the original writers on “Politically Incorrect With Bill Maher.”

Passionate, articulate and knowledgeable about the subject matter, Jon Hotchkiss is available for interview. 

Contact details:
Valerie Allen Public Relations 310-382-7800 

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Pasadena Recovery Center Welcomes Reality Star Jason Wahler

Pasadena Recovery Center Welcomes Nationally Recognized TV Personality and Recovery Advocate Jason Wahler to Their Groundbreaking Speaker Series 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 12:00 P.M. 

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Jason is passionate towards sharing his journey towards recovery and strives to help the young generation overcome this terrible epidemic
Pasadena, CA (PRWEB) May 07, 2015 
Pasadena Recovery Center is pleased to welcome nationally recognized TV personality and recovery advocate, Jason Wahler, to their revolutionary speaker series on Wednesday, May 13th at 12 P.M. Jason appeared on hit shows Laguna Beach, The Hills and Celebrity Rap Superstar and eventually Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, after publicly battling with addiction both on and off the screen. Sober since July 2010, Jason has since dedicated his life to raising awareness towards addiction and hopes to one day change the public’s negative perception of this deadly disease.
Jason continues to use his personal experience and his presence in the public eye to inspire people who struggle with addiction and alcoholism to get help. His involvement with the recovery community has changed his life and has allowed him to be a resource for thousands of individuals who need help but don’t know where to start. Jason is currently the Treatment and Recovery Advocate at Origins Behavioral Health Care. Jason works with many national organizations such as, Young People in Recovery, to help spread the message that they are not alone in their struggles and there is light at the end of the tunnel. Jason is passionate towards sharing his journey towards recovery and strives to help the young generation overcome this terrible epidemic. 
“We are incredibly honored to have Jason Wahler as our featured guest for this month's speaker series," says actress Mackenzie Phillips, Counselor and Treatment Recovery Advocate at Pasadena Recovery Center. "Sharing his personal struggles and his unbelievable battle against this deadly disease can help those who are suffering by inspiring others to get help,” said Phillips.
Pasadena Recovery Center Speaker Series hosts amazing authors, entrepreneurs, celebrities, and experts to talk about their personal experiences with addiction and the way it has affected both themselves and the people around them.
Jason Wahler is a host, actor and TV personality who appeared on Laguna Beach, The Hills, Celebrity Rap Superstar and eventually Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, after battling through a public struggle with addiction. Sober since July 2010, Jason has since dedicated his life to raising awareness towards addiction and hopes to one day change the public’s negative perception of this deadly disease. Currently he is the Treatment and Recovery Advocate at Origins Behavioral Health Care, Jason’s vision aligns strategically with the treatment center’s aim to raise awareness and promote recovery from a global standpoint. He continues to use his personal experience and his presence in the public eye to inspire people who struggle with addiction and alcoholism to get help. His involvement with the recovery community has changed his life and has allowed him to be a resource for thousands of individuals who need help but don’t know where to start.
Pasadena Recovery Center: Located in the charming historic district of Pasadena, the Pasadena Recovery Center was co-founded in 2000 by renowned psychiatrist Dr. Lee Bloom, his daughter Alison Triessl, and his son Michael Bloom. The 98-bed drug and alcohol treatment center is nationally known for its 12-step based comprehensive treatment program and highly skilled, licensed and certified staff. Pasadena Recovery Center is dedicated to providing compassionate, comprehensive care to those suffering from chemical dependency and is proud to offer lifesaving and life-changing treatment at an affordable cost. The Pasadena Recovery Center’s goal is to reintroduce sober individuals into society with the skills necessary to lead meaningful, productive lives.
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Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Bell Tower Foundation and Origins Behavioral Healthcare Present "We Are You" A Celebrity Panel to Discuss Addiction Epidemic

Orange County, Calif., - April 30th, 2015 -- Origins Behavioral Healthcare and The Bell Tower Foundation are pleased to announce Orange County's very first "We Are You" Speaker Series, an extraordinary panel of celebrity and expert guests who will be sharing their expertise on the topic of addiction in order to raise awareness and de-stigmatize this terrible disease.  The panel includes MTV reality star, Jason Wahler, musician and drug counselor, Bob Forrest, former MLB star, Bret Boone, international supermodel/reality star, Amber Smith, and world renowned addiction specialist, Dr. Harry Haroutunian.  On Wednesday May 6th, 2015, join us at the Bell Tower Regional Community Center in Rancho Santa Margarita at 6pm for an unforgettable evening where you will hear personal stories, obtain information on how to combat addiction, and gain insight as to what steps to take if you or a loved one faces this battle.

In this day and age, most families have come face-to-face with the reality and prevalence of addiction to drugs and alcohol.   About 1 in 9 youth or 11.4 percent of young people aged 12 to 25 used prescription drugs nonmedically within the past year. (National Survey on Drug Use and Health).  Twenty-five percent of those who began abusing prescription drugs at age 13 or younger met clinical criteria for addiction sometime in their life. (National Survey on Drug Use and Health) 
“We are honored to sponsor the first ever 'We are you' speaker series with Jason Wahler, and his team of Celebrities and experts as they share their personal experiences and struggles. It is our hope that by bringing this event to our community we will raise awareness towards this epidemic that is affecting children and adults everywhere.” Says Sherri Lex, Board of Directors, The Bell Tower Foundation.

Join Orange County City Counsel Members, teachers, experts and other families for an evening dedicated towards educating our youth and shedding light on the dangers and prevalence of this disease.  Most teens do not begin  experimenting with drugs and alcohol expecting to become addicted. This exceptional panel will share first hand accounts of how one time use can turn into a lifelong battle and the steps one should take to get help. 
We are not alone in the battle against addiction. Whether you are living in the hills of Orange County or the streets of Los Angeles, the chances are you or someone you know has been touched by addiction.  Join the rest of the community and help educate our kids and inspire those in need to get help so we can end the battle once and for all.

The Bell Tower Foundation based in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, supports local cultural, educational, civic, recreational, and social needs along with fostering community spirit and connecting volunteers.

The Bell Tower Foundation's goal is to continue to emerge as a community foundation that partners with local groups to further causes.  This means support through monetary donations, use of our volunteer distribution list which is grown at local events, and launching programs that support the needy, the unemployed, the underserved, and the next generation in our community.  We are more than a volunteer connection hub, and we are flexible in how and to whom we contribute.

The Bell Tower Foundation supports the following programs locally: Fresh Produce Food Pantry, Senior Home Repairs, Support of the Marine Battalion 2/5 out of Camp Pendleton, Teen Council, Zero Trash Initiative, and signature events for the community.

Origins Behavioral Healthcare is a licensed provider of longer-term, gender-specific residential substance abuse treatment and continuing care services for young adults, adults, baby boomers and seniors. The company’s innovative programs comprise a comprehensive continuum of care for the treatment of alcoholism, addiction and co-occurring disorders. Origins’ premier campuses are located in carefully selected locations around the United States, including South Padre Island, Texas and the recently acquired Hanley Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. Learn more about Origins’ programs or take a virtual tour of our locations at For the latest Origins news, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Jason Wahler is a Host, Actor and TV personality who appeared on Laguna BeachThe Hills, Celebrity Rap Superstar and eventually Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, after battling through a public struggle with addiction. Sober since July 2010, Jason has since dedicated his life to raising awareness towards addiction and hopes to one day change the public’s negative perception of this deadly disease.

Musician Bob Forrest is known as the lead singer of the Los Angeles bands Thelonious Monster and The Bicycle Thief. He is also known as a drug counselor on VH1’s hit reality shows Celebrity Rehab and Sober House. Bob is a Certified Addiction Specialist who has been in recovery for more than thirteen years. He has worked side-by-side with Dr. Drew Pinsky serving as his  Head Counselor and Program Manager for many years. He is also the former Chemical Dependency Program Director at Las Encinas Hospital, in addition to recently launching his own Recovery Services and Malibu-based sober living facilities. As for his music career, he released his first solo album in 2006 called Modern  Folk and Blues Wednesday. He is also responsible for the song "Moonshiner" on the soundtrack for I'm Not There, a biographical musical film inspired by the life of Bob Dylan. 

Bret Boone, born on April 6, 1969, is a former MLB second baseman. As a four-time Gold Glove recipient, two-time Silver Slugger Award winner and a three-time All- Star, Boone has played for the Seattle Mariners, the Cincinnati Reds, Atlanta Braves, San Diego Padres and the Minnesota Twins.

An internationally recognized supermodel and actress for the past 20 years, today Amber Smith is perhaps even more recognizable as one of the top reality TV stars in America. Her participation in the VH-1 TV series “Celebrity Rehab,” “Sober House” and “Sex Rehab w/ Dr. Drew,” has propelled her to a new level of fame.  It is now Amber’s mission to inspire individuals to seek treatment and help others recognize that there are many different kinds of addiction. Amber now resides in Los Angeles, California.

Dr. Harry L. Haroutunian, known by all his patients as "Dr. Harry" is an internationally known speaker on topics of the addiction field. He has developed the "Recovery 101" lecture series on topics of Addiction Medicine, Recovery Issues, Communication Skills and Relapse Prevention. As Physician Director of the Betty Ford Center, Dr. Haroutunian has contributed to the development of a variety of programs, including the Extended Care Program the Licensed Professional Program and the Clinical Diagnostic Evaluation Program. He is the author of "Being Sober: A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting To, Getting Through and Living in Recovery" and collaborated with Dr. Louis Teresi, author of 'Hijacking the Brain: How Drug and Alcohol Addiction Hijacks our Brains - The Science Behind Twelve-Step Recovery."

Bell Tower Regional Community Center
22232 El Paseo
Rancho Santa Margarita, Ca. 92688
Wednesday May 6th at 6pm

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Dina LaPolt Named to The Hollywood Reporter’s Power Lawyers 2015 Top Music Business Attorneys List

Jeanne Newman, from left, Patricia L. Glaser and Dina LaPolt attend the Power Lawyers Breakfast hosted by the Hollywood Reporter at Spago on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision for the Hollywood Reporter/AP Images)

Los Angeles, Calif., -- April 29th, 2015 -- Prominent music attorney Dina LaPolt has been named to The Hollywood Reporter’s Power Lawyers Top Music Business Attorneys List. Currently in its 8th year, the Power Lawyers list includes the pre-eminent entertainment attorneys who handle negotiations, arbitrations and lawsuits for Hollywood’s elite. LaPolt, who works tirelessly to protect the interests of her clients and the broader music creator community, is one of ten music attorneys listed and one of only two women named. Also included on the list are Jill Berliner of King Holmes Paterno & Berliner and Don Passman of Gang Tyre Ramer & Brown. This list was released simultaneously with the Hollywood Reporter’s mostly film- and litigation-centered top 100 list, including entertainment industry legends such as Patty Glaser of Glaser Weil Fink Howard Avchen & Shapiro, Joel Katz of Greenberg Traurig, Ken Ziffren of Ziffren Brittenham, and Jeanne Newman of Hansen Jacobson Teller Hoberman Newman Warren Richman Rush & Kaller.  The full list is here:

To determine Hollywood’s most influential attorneys, The Hollywood Reporter canvassed the attorneys behind the year’s the biggest deals, cases, and other areas of entertainment. Lawyers were analyzed under five categories — talent dealmaking, litigation, corporate dealmaking, technology/convergence, and troubleshooting — and evaluated against their peers based on their accomplishments over the past year as well as their reputation within the entertainment industry.

LaPolt's firm, LaPolt Law, P.C., focuses on intellectual property & entertainment law, representing mostly music creators and other celebrities including recording artists, songwriters, producers, musicians, authors, writers, photographers, actors, and others. LaPolt is highly active in legislative and advocacy efforts, representing the interests of music creators in the ongoing legislative debates surrounding copyright law reform in Washington, D.C.

Notably, last year, LaPolt submitted a comment paper in response to the Department of Commerce Internet Policy Task Force’s Green Paper on Copyright Policy, Creativity and Innovation in the Digital Economy. LaPolt submitted the paper along with her client, Steven Tyler, with artist support letters from Dr. Dre, Sting, Britney Spears, deadmau5, Don Henley and Joe Walsh of The Eagles, Ozzy Osbourne, the Dixie Chicks, Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac, and Billy Joel. 

The honorees were celebrated this morning at the Power Lawyers Breakfast at Spago where Tom Rothman, Chairman, Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group, presented the “Raising the Bar” Award to Andrew Gumpert, President, Worldwide Business Affairs and Operations at Columbia Pictures. The breakfast also featured a keynote conversation between Hollywood Reporter’s Executive Editor Matthew Belloni and Donna Langley, Chairman, Universal Pictures.