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October 12, 2010


CMJ Festival & Entertainment Arts & Sports Law Section of the New York State Bar Association Announce Panel Schedule and Participants 

Topics Include Apps Dealmaking and the Challenges of Mobile TV 

The 5th Annual Entertainment Business Law Seminar at CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival 2010 in New York City has announced its complete panel schedule and participants including keynote speaker, music industry executive Jason Flom. The Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) accredited one-day event titled "How to Take it With You" will be held on Friday, October 22, 2010 at New York University's Helen and Martin Kimmel Center, in the Richard L. Rosenthal Pavilion, where leaders at the center of the entertainment industry will discuss how legal practitioners can best protect their clients' creative property in the digital age. The seminar is presented by CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival in association with the New York State Bar Association Entertainment Arts & Sports Law Section (EASL).

Mr. Flom, who will address the CLE attendees at the MCLE luncheon, is a global leader in the international recording industry, having served as CEO of Atlantic Records, Virgin Records and Capitol Music Group. Beginning his career in A&R for Atlantic, Flom was responsible for signing Jewel, Hootie & The Blowfish, Stone Temple Pilots and Tori Amos before moving on to form Lava Records, working with Matchbox 20, Kid Rock, The Corrs, Uncle Kracker, Simple Plan and Sugar Ray.  In 2005, Flom became Chairman and CEO of Virgin Records and, following its merger with Capitol Records, was appointed head of Capitol Music Group, where he worked with Lenny Kravitz, Katy Perry, Coldplay and The Rolling Stones. In 2009, Flom reclaimed the Lava Records imprint, forming a partnership with Universal Republic. Lava has signed artists including Jessie J, Joe Brooks, and Throwing Gravity.

Welcoming remarks and program introductions will be delivered at 8:45 a.m. by Judith B. Prowda, Esq.,Chair, EASL Section of the State Bar; Joanne Abbott Green, Founder and Executive Producer of CMJ Network, Inc.; and Rachel DeLetto, Esq., Program Co-Chair EASL Section of the State Bar. The full schedule of panels and panelists include:

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Today Manhattan, Tomorrow The World - Lawyering for Success in International Markets - How U.S. entertainment content providers can succeed in foreign markets. Moderator: Marc Reisler, Esq., Holland & Knight. Panelists: Peter Brodsky, Esq., Sony ATV Music Publishing; John Coletta, Esq., BMI.

10:10 a.m. - 11:10 a.m
(Choose one of two panels) Compensation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery - A Discussion of Publicity Rights - Exploring the latest developments in publicity rights. Speaker: Richard A. Kurnit, Esq., Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz LLP.
The Kid Stays in the Picture: Agreements with Minors - Investigating the rules and risks of contracting with minors including tips on the best approach to dealing with them. Panelists: Nicholas Gordon, Esq., Franklin Weinrib Rudell & Vassallo; Karen M. Platt, Esq., Mayerson Stutman & Abramowitz, LLP.

11:20 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.
Avoiding the FRPR Blues - Common Ethical Issues in Representing Entertainment Clients - Exploring ethics issues that arise when lawyers assume non-traditional legal roles or take on multiple roles while representing entertainment clients.  Moderator: Pery D. Krinsky, Esq., Law Offices of Michael S. Ross, Adjunct Prof. Fordham University School of Law. Panelists: Maria C. Miles, Esq., Greenberg Traurig, LLP; Barry Temkin, Esq.,  Mound Cotton Wollan & Greengrass; Greg Goldstein, Esq., Attorney at Law.

12:20 p.m. - 1:20 p.m. 
Lunch with Keynote Address by Lava Records President Jason Flom. 

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Rights, Restrictions & Compatibility: The Challenges of Mobile TV - Addressing issues facing lawyers negotiating distribution deals for mobile content including what is "mobile" versus "Internet." Moderator: Seth A. Metsch, Esq.,  A&E Television Networks, LLC. Panelists: Jeffrey D. Neuburger, Esq., Proskauer Rose LLP; Shirin Malkani, Esq., National Basketball Association; Sharon E. Kopp, Esq., Verizon; Salil Gandhi, Esq., Crybaby Media.

2:40 p.m. - 3:40 p.m.
(Choose one of two panels)
The Changing Landscape of Film Distribution: A Digital Vision - Examining new partnerships between film festivals and digital platforms to increase the accessibility and visibility of independent films.  Moderator: Marc Jacobson, Esq., Marc Jacobson, P.C. Panelists: Jessica Nickelsberg, Esq., Tribeca Enterprises; Betsy Rodgers, Esq., IFC Entertainment; John Sloss, Sloss Eckhouse Brennan LawCo LLP.
The End is Near: What You Need to Know About Copyright Terminations - Discussing key issues in copyright terminations including who is eligible and what is dissolvable as well as termination impacts and gray areas. Panelists: Neil J. Rosini, Esq., Franklin Weinrib Rudell & Vassallo; Michael Poster, Esq., Vandenberg & Feliu.

3:50 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.
How to (Legally) Make an App for That - Dealmaking in the Mobile Media and Gaming Arena - Looking at dealmaking issues in this new media stream including licensing and content use. Moderator: Ken Swezey, Esq., Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard LLP. Panelists: Hayley Geftman, Esq., MTV Networks; Amy Lauren, Esq., EMI; Sam Howard-Spink, New York University; Stephen Sternschein, Esq., Heard Games.

To see the full seminar schedule, please visit

In today's digital world, with the development of ever faster, better and more powerful handheld devices such as the Android or the iPad, the entertainment industry is scrambling to keep pace and capitalize on this new mobile marketplace that makes creative content available at consumers' fingertips, whenever and wherever they want it.  With these new formats come new legal questions. This year's seminar will examine how creative, marketing and legal practitioners in the entertainment industry can protect creative property while ensuring that it is fully mobile - physically, internationally and even posthumously.

Lawyers attending the seminar will receive six (6) New York State MCLE credits, consisting of four (4) in Practice Management, one (1) in Skills and one (1) in Ethics, plus a breakfast and luncheon. For those who wish to register for the one-day business law seminar, go to An additional amount of $50 will be added to the registration fee if you register after 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 13. Both two- and five-day CMJ/CLE registration options also are available to attend all CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival events in addition to the Entertainment Business Law Seminar.  The event is open to all CMJ registrants. For two- and five-day registration, please visit CMJ's website at 

For more information on programming, schedules and to register for MCLE credits, please visit
This year, CMJ has an exclusive partnership with several hotels in Manhattan to benefit the CMJ badgeholders. Some of the hotels include Hotel on Rivington, Eventi Hotel, and The Mave Hotel. The Mave Hotel will be offering the following discounted rates to CMJ badgeholders valid through October 8, 2010: Madison Queen room (1 Queen) at $269.00 per night, Madison Double room (2 Double Beds) at $299.00 per night, and Boulevard King room (1 King) at $309.00 per night. The Eventi Hotel will be offering the following discounted rates to CMJ badgeholders valid through October 4, 2010: King Rooms at $335.00 per night. For full details, please go to 

For full details on CMJ registration, visit:  

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