Wendy Bernfeld is the founder of Rights Stuff BV, established in 1999. She is a passionate film buff specialised in hard core content licensing negotiations and related rights advice for traditional media (film, TV, PayTV/pay per view, formats), and digital new media (Internet, mobile, interactive TV, VOD, portable devices).
Originally from Montreal, Wendy has over 24 years’ (17 in Europe) experience in film/payTV channel startup and programme buying, beginning originally as an entertainment lawyer and then spending the bulk of her career as a senior movie buyer/TV executive in various international tv networks. Positions in this area have included CEO of Canal+ International Acquisitions – and just prior as VP Program Acquisition/Special Projects, and in the centralised joint programme-buying conglomerates FilmNet/Nethold/Canal+ from 1993-98, with a particular specialty in major MPAA studio movie “output’’ deals.
From 1991-93, she was MD Alliance-Atlantis in Europe and prior to that, VP Program Acquisition for First Choice: Movie Network in Canada.
Wendy has a Bachelor of Laws Degree (LLB) from Queens University, after a year of BA/MBA courses in McGill and the University of Toronto. She is a member of both the Law Society (Upper Canada) and the Roll of Solicitors in the UK. She previously practised law in Canada with Blake Cassels & Graydon; Silverstein’s; and still earlier, was one of ten appointed as Law Clerk to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.