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Marc Chamlin: Behind the Scenes @ Frederator

October 23rd, 2010

Marc Chamlin

Kevin Kolde calls Frederator attorney¬†Marc Chamlin¬†the “King of Cartoons” in honor of his TV animation client list. But that only scratches the surface of his amazing career as the Chair of the TV Practice Group at Loeb & Loeb, one of America’s premiere law firms. Marc and I met when he was an associate at Phillips Nizer in 1983 and it sure didn’t occur to me we’d be traveling companions for over 25 years.

We’ve worked together through great successes and devastating failure, through my independence, corporate employment, and back again. No matter what the circumstance Marc’s been a loyal, inspiring presence, with smart advice and encouraging words. More importantly, he’s been the kind of person that keeps a producer grounded. Not the kind of lawyer who grinds the other side for every point and every penny, he’s a guy who feels like a negotiation’s been successful only when everyone at the table, on every side of an issue, feels like they’ve won.

I’m always skeptical when business people tell you that all of their work colleagues are “friends.” But, in the case of Marc Chamlin, one of the two most constant companions throughout my work life, we’ve definitely become friends. What a pleasure.

Richard Koenigsberg: BTS at Frederator

February 12th, 2009

Richard Koenigsberg

When you’re an independent producer like I am, it’s easy to forget that you’re actually dependent on dozens of people around you to survive. The most obvious ones are the talented people who draw, write, and produce our films, but behind the scenes there are a lot of others that aren’t instantly visible. Like Richard.

Richard Koenigsberg has probably been my longest lasting, steady work companion. As a partner-on-the-door at Spielman, Koenigsberg, & Parker, he’s been a trusted adviser as my accountant and personal business manager for …could it be?… 25 years. Alan Goodman and I met Richard through our friends David Picken and Tom Clack when I’d gotten our company in a jam by not paying attention to the right things; Richard cleaned up the mess in a heartbeat. He’s helped me to stay focused and smart by putting leading his crack team to work with every aspect of my various enterprises ever since.

It probably doesn’t seem like a big deal to you, but at one of our first lunches together Richard told me he was absolultely sure we were going to do really well, that we would succeed beyond our wildest dreams, that he thought we were really good. I’m not sure why, but here was this guy I barely knew championing my crazy plans, and I bought it. He’s been that way ever since being right there wherever I needed his brains and support, becoming along the way much more than a business associate. He’s become a friend. Thanks bud, it’s great to be in the foxhole with you.