New Media Rights Advisory Board

Meet the New Media Rights Advisory Board. Made up of creators, entrepreneurs and innovators, the board are NMR's ambassadors to the community. You can also meet additional individuals who support New Media Rights as Champions here.

NMR's Advisory Board is currently made up of the following members:

 

Phelan Riessen

Advisory Board Member

Joined NMR in: 

June 2013

Phelan Riessen is the CEO of Digithrive, Inc. a San Diego based web developer company that provides web applications and solutions to startups and businesses. Phelan organizes the monthly Meetups RefreshSD, San Diego Web Designers, and assists with the Advanced WordPress user group. In addition he has helped bring Startup Weekend to San Diego as well as helped organize March Mingle, Tech Mingle, SD Tech Launch, BarCampSD, Cool As Ever Tech, WordcampSD, and SD Tech Week. In his spare time he runs SDTechScene.org, a calendar of San Diego tech events which include all the local tech groups and startups.

Cy Kuckenbaker

Advisory Board Member

Joined NMR in: 

June 2013

Cy Kuckenbaker is an independent filmmaker, photographer and college professor based in San Diego, California. He received his MFA in film direction from the California Institute of the Arts, was the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship in 2006 and served for two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Eastern Europe. He is the director of both fiction and documentary films that have screened at many domestic and international film festivals including MoMA NY, Centre Pompidou Paris, The Los Angeles IFF, The Vancouver IFF, the Viennale, The Big Muddy FF, The Calgary IFF and many others. In 2010 his feature documentary Bush League received the Best Feature Doc award at the New Jersey IFF and his human rights doc short INDENTURED screened at the U.S. Pentagon and the U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services Committee. In 2012 his short f/x film Landings at San Diego Int. received over four million views online and was re-posted by hundreds of websites including PetaPixel, The Huffington Post, USA Today, The Atlantic, BoingBoing, the AOL Homepage, Designboom, Journal Du Design and many others. Cy is an adjunct film professor at San Diego City College and also creates films for private clients.

Hani Anani

Advisory Board Member

Joined NMR in: 

June 2013
An entrepreneur at heart with an interest in leveraging technology to solve real world problems. Hani came of age during the dot com boom as a software engineer at mp3.com, went on to co-found notify.me a real time notification platform and is currently a product owner at OneHealth developing a social networking platform focused on improving the quality of life for people with behavioral and chronic health conditions. Also a yogi, climber and surfer who embraces all that San Diego has to offer.

Jonathan McIntosh

Advisory Board Member

Joined NMR in: 

June 2013

Jonathan McIntosh is a pop culture hacker and transformative storyteller.  You can see his work at RebelliousPixels.com. He has been remixing mass media narratives for critical purposes since before the invention of YouTube. Everything he makes is freely available on the internet to view, share and remix. His viral remix videos “Buffy vs Edward” and “Donald Duck meets Glenn Beck” have been featured and discussed by major media publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The LA Times and on National Public Radio.

Jonathan is currently an instructor at the Bay Area Video Coalition where he teaches youth classes focusing on media literacy and remix video.

Jonathan has also been a client of New Media Rights for a number of years, utilizing NMR's legal services in copyright, fair use, and content takedown situations.  The highest profile of these took place in late 2012 and early 2013, when Lionsgate took down Jonathan's Buffy v Edward video.

Lauren Brady

Advisory Board Member

Joined NMR in: 

February 2015

Lauren is an intellectual property attorney specializing in interactive entertainment (video game) law, and is a former New Media Rights law clerk. She is a graduate of California Western School of Law and San Diego State University, where she majored in film and television production. Lauren particularly enjoys sharing her knowledge of the law with local groups and classes, as well as blogging on topics of interest for content creators. Lauren likes working with all types of creators because she enjoys being the problem solver on a project--something she was well used-to doing in film school as a producer. In her free time, Lauren plays video games, practices German medieval long-sword, and is writing a young adult fantasy novel.

Kyle Welch

Advisory Board Member

Joined NMR in: 

April 2015

Kyle received a degree in mechanical engineering at Ohio State University before attending California Western School of Law. At CWSL, he interned at New Media Rights; served as an associate editor for California Western Law Review and International Journal; externed for the Honorable Karen Crawford at the United States District Court, Southern District of California; and studied patent prosecution during an internship at SPAWAR, the Navy’s patent division of general counsel. He graduated from CWSL in 2015. He has been published in the California Western Law Review, and has an article forthcoming in Capital Law Review in the summer of 2015. He is now a California attorney, working in the San Diego State University Foundation’s technology transfer office. Kyle greatly respects the work performed by New Media Rights’ clients, and is thrilled to continue helping New Media Rights have positive impacts in the legal, internet, and San Diego tech communities.