Experience

CEO & Founder

Rightscorp, Inc.
2011 – Present | Santa Monica, CA

Christopher Sabec is the Founder and CEO of Rightscorp (OTCQB:RIHT). The company monetizes copyrighted Intellectual Property (IP). Rightscorp’s patent pending digital loss prevention technology focuses on the infringement of digital content such as music, movies, software, and games and ensures that owners and creators are rightfully paid for their IP. Rightscorp implements existing laws to solve copyright infringements by collecting payments from illegal file sharing activities via notifications sent through Internet Service Providers (ISPs). The Company’s technology identifies copyright infringers, who are offered a reasonable settlement option when compared to the legal liability defined in the Digital Millennium Copyrights Act (DMCA). Based on the fact that 24% of all Internet traffic is used to distribute copyrighted music, movies, software, books and games without permission, Rightscorp is pursuing an estimated $2.3 billion opportunity and has monetized major media titles through relationships with industry leaders.


 

CEO & Founder

Earth and Sky, Inc.
2004 – 2010

Christopher Sabec was the Founder & CEO of Earth and Sky, Inc. As a Business Development Consultant for America’s Test Kitchen, Sabec was tasked with pursuing international & online syndication opportunities for this TV show. He sourced and closed a representation agreement with Creative Artists Agency. Furthermore, Christopher Sabec was a manager of Tea Leaf Green from 2006 until 2009. During this time, Sabec increased revenues for the band by more than 1500% over the three-year period. He also produced a critically acclaimed documentary film, a corresponding soundtrack album, and two studio albums.


 

CEO & Manager

Jerry Garcia Estate LLC
2002 – 2006 | San Francisco Bay Area

Christopher Sabec managed the intellectual property assets of the late Grateful Dead guitarist including music, art, and image. He was fully responsible for creating company vision, strategic planning, budgeting, and human resources. Christopher built and managed a team that increased revenues for the company by more than 600% over a two-year period. He developed an online and digital presence for the brand with jerrygarcia.com, which featured an online store selling music, art, and merchandise directly to consumers resulting in much greater revenues over traditional retail sales.
Furthermore, Christopher Sabec was responsible for the LLC’s negotiation and implementation of multi-million dollar licensing agreements with Warner Bros. Records, Orian Rugs, and the Clos du Bois Winery, a division of Jim Beam Brands. Sabec oversaw and built upon the LLC’s licensing partnerships with Mulberry Neckwear and Unilever’s Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream. Christopher Sabec launched the J. Garcia art program including limited edition lithographic series and a nationwide gallery tour. He also co-published an acclaimed coffee table book published by Palace Press and Insight Editions. Christopher Sabec was tasked with providing strategic leadership to outside counsel during numerous complex corporate and intellectual property litigations.


 

CEO & Founder

Triune Music Group, Ltd.
1994 – 2002

Christopher Sabec was responsible for discovering the group Hanson, eventually becoming the group’s manager. He developed the 3 brothers into a musically credible band and a commercially viable brand. Sabec signed the act to Mercury Records, a division of Universal Music. Under Christopher Sabec’s management, Hanson earned a No. 1 single in the US and 26 other countries, was nominated for 3 Grammy Awards, and sold over 15 million records & videos worldwide. Christopher Sabec sourced, negotiated, and closed major agreements throughout the world including recording, publishing, licensing, merchandising, talent agency, touring, film, television, home video, literary, and internet agreements. Furthermore, Sabec initiated a focused, creative marketing campaign for artistic image development and global brand management that included an early use of Consumer Generated Media to help build, spread, and maintain awareness of the band. He later launched hansonline.com, the 20th most visited site on the Internet in 1998, averaging over 30 million hits per month. Building on this success, Christopher Sabec launched hanson.net, a second, subscription-only website where fans could access premium content and incentives. Christopher Sabec managed the routing, booking, and execution of 2 world tours in North & South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. He co-produced the critically acclaimed music video Weird with Gus Van Sant. Sabec pitched, negotiated, and co-produced a 30-minute, prime time television on ABC as well as a 90-minute DirecTV special.

With Grateful Dead Productions, Christopher Sabec advised in licensing negotiations with Warner Bros. Records for a retrospective boxed set regarding digital rights for back catalog. Advised in licensing negotiations for the film The Festival Express. Both projects were released to critical acclaim.

With Anschutz Entertainment Group, Christopher Sabec served as a Business Affairs & Business Development Consultant for AEG Live.

With Detour Media, Christopher Sabec advised a group of investors in the strategic combination of boutique talent agencies. Drafted portions of
the business plan and SEC documents. He also provided marketing and positioning advice.


 

Law Associate

McGuireWoods
1992 – 1996

Christopher Sabec represented Dave Matthews. He was a member of the team that launched the Dave Matthews Band. Sabec successfully shopped the act to major labels and publishing companies, including RCA Records and BMG Music. With the firm, Christopher Sabec practiced entertainment and intellectual property law, as well as securities, tax, and general corporate law.