Brian Pass is a partner in the Entertainment, Technology and Advertising and Intellectual Property Practice Groups in the firm's Century City office.
Areas of Practice
Mr. Pass advises clients in all aspects of technology and media transactions, including the licensing, development and distribution of computer software and hardware; internet and new media licensing, development and marketing; online advertising; video gaming; IT and business process outsourcing; intellectual property and trade secret protection; broadband communications; interactive television and e-commerce. Mr. Pass also advises companies on internet privacy and other regulatory issues affecting the Internet and e-commerce.
Before joining Sheppard Mullin, Mr. Pass was a partner at Brown Raysman. Prior to that he co-founded Passport New Media and served as its President and CEO. He led the development of Passport's critically acclaimed children's Internet service, Your Own World. At Passport, Mr. Pass raised $7.5 million in venture capital, while concluding numerous third-party content partnerships and negotiating key technology and distribution relationships.
Prior to forming Passport, Mr. Pass served as Vice President & General Counsel at americast, a joint venture of The Walt Disney Corporation and several of the Baby Bell telephone companies to develop interactive digital television services. In addition to advising the americast partnership and its board on all general corporate matters, Mr. Pass negotiated and administered numerous technology purchasing and licensing agreements including a $1 billion set-top box purchase agreement; an $80 million dollar hardware purchase agreement; a multimillion dollar intellectual property licensing agreement and numerous software development and licensing agreements.