Entertainment Arts & Sports Law Section

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    GUILD LOW BUDGET AGREEMENTS AND DIVERSITY INITIATIVES Thursday, February 26, 2015 | 6:00pm-8:05pm with Reception to Follow Cardozo Law School
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    Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Annual Meeting: Tuesday, January 27, 2015
    Register Now for Legal Aspects of Producing: March 25th and March 26th
  • Section Events
    • EASL Annual Meeting Program CANCELLED on Tuesday, January 27, 2015

      Due to inclement weather we are cancelling all meetings scheduled for Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at the New York State Bar Association Annual Meeting in New York City.  This includes events scheduled for both the Hilton and off-site venues.  Meeting and events scheduled Wednesday through Saturday remain as scheduled.

      Please note we will send a follow-up message regarding your personal reservation with information regarding refunds and the rescheduling of certain events.  Thank you for your understanding.  For further information, please visit www.nysba.org/AM2015 or call the Association at (800) 582-2452.   

      Tuesday, January 27, 2015
      Meeting 1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
      Reception 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
      Off-site: Bill’s Bar and Burger, 16 West 51st Street at 5th Avenue

      Under New York’s MCLE rule, this program has been approved for a total of 4.0 credit hours in Areas of Professional Practice. This program will not qualify for newly admitted attorneys because it is not a basic practical skills program.

      1. The TMZ Effect: The Legal Issues and Consequences for the Sports and Entertainment Industry Arising Out of the Unexpected Release of Purported Private Information to the Public.  In light of the recent scandals exposed on TMZ, we will examine the instantaneous repercussions for athletes and celebrities, and how legal representatives advise their clients when personal matters jeopardize their professional careers and opportunities.

      2. Athletes, Attorneys and the NFL (New-Fangled Licensing): Sports Licensing In Light of Recent Decisions, New Channels of Commerce, and Emerging Technologies. An in-depth moderated panel discussion by leading practitioners in the sports licensing field, focusing on the impact to the drafting of licensing contracts among athletes, clubs, leagues and licensees. This panel will explore the application of several new developments in the law and business practice that have affected the drafting and enforcement sports licensing contracts, in particular the NFL a few days before the Super Bowl.

      View Program Agenda

      Register Online Now!   Or download Annual Meeting Registration Form and return with your payment by faxing to 518.463.5993

    • February 26th: Guild Low Budget Agreements and Diversity Initiatives


      Thursday, February 26, 2015

      6:00 PM - 8:05 PM with Reception to Follow  

      Cardozo Law School, Room 424
      55 Fifth Avenue (at W. 12th Street)
      New York, NY 10017

      2.5 MCLE Credits in Professional Practice, This program is transitional and qualifies for newly-admitted attorneys 


      Pricing: NYSBA Members: $20.00 | Non-NYSBA Members: $30.00 | Law Students: $10.00

      Writer's Guild of America, Director's Guild of America and SAG-AFTRA Low Budget Agreements and Diversity Initiatives: What you need to know about these Low Budget Agreements and Diversity Initiatives to help get the most on the screen! This panel discussion will feature experienced Guild/union staff and a prominent low budget film producer discussing how to navigate the union agreements when advising and producing a low budget feature film. You will benefit from this program whether you are new to this area of practice or are an experienced attorney looking to compare your knowledge and techniques with those of the faculty members.

      Anne S. Atkinson, Esq., Pryor Cashman LLP

      Neil Dudich, Esq., Assistant Executive Director  Director’s Guild of America,
      Stephanie Perry, Esq., Director of Theatrical Contracts, SAG-AFTRA 
      Adam Moore, National Director, EEO & Diversity, SAG-AFTRA
      Ann Burdick, Esq., Senior Legal Counsel, Writers Guild of America East, Inc. 
      Derrick Tseng, Producer 

      This program is Sponsored by the Diversity Committee of the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section for the New York State Bar Association, The Metropolitan Black Bar Association and The Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association.  

      To register ONLINE or contact the State Bar Service Center at 1-800-582-2452 to register over the phone 
      For more information contact Beth Gould at bgould@nsyba.org





      Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - Thursday, March 26, 2015 

      Snapple Theatre | 210 West 50th Street | New York, NY 10019

      This program qualifies for up to 6.0 MCLE Credits in professional practice 

      NYSBA and CTI Members: $285.00 for Both Days | $165.00 for One Day 
      Non-Members: $375.00 for Both Days | $225.00 for One Day 
      Students: $185.00 for Both days | $95.00 for One Day

      Program Description:
      The Entertainment Arts and Sports Law Section of the New York State Bar Association, in collaboration with the Commercial Theater Institute, the industry's leading training program, will host an intensive CLE seminar that will focus on the roles that theatrical lawyers have in guiding both new and seasoned industry professionals through all of the stages and legal aspects of producing. Led by the top entertainment lawyers in the business, the seminar will cover the basics from acquiring rights, investor fundamentals, agreements in the not-for-profit world, international licensing and contracts with the creative team (other than the dramatists), and then we will get into specific case studies to show how these specifics are put into play, and the successes and challenges met along the way.

      Speakers and More Information will be added soon.


      For more information: Beth Gould at bgould@nysba.org | CTI Members Looking to Register Please contact Beth Gould at 518-487-5674

    • April 30-May 2, 2015 ASCAP Expo

      EASL Members get a discounted rate, please contact Beth Gould at bgould@nysba.org for more information.


  • The EASL Blog

    Entertainment, Arts  and Sports Law  Section Blog

    The Blog Provides a Forum and News Source on Issues of Interest The blog acts as a new informational resource on topics of interest, including the latest Section programs and Initiatives, as well as provides a forum for debate and discussion to anyone in the world with access to the Internet. It is available through the New York State Bar Association Web site at http://nysbar.com/blogs/EASL

    To submit a Blog entry, email Elissa D. Hecker at eheckeresq@eheckeresq.com

  • EASL Journal


    Diverse opinions contribute to the vitality of the law, and for every topic there are many issues to be addressed. TheEntertainment, Arts and Sports Law Journal is a forum for ideas and a repository for legal analyses and theories. The EASL Journal presents topics that EASL attorneys address on a daily basis, and provides comprehensive overviews of both large issues that affect a majority of the EASL Section membership and analyses of more specific issues that affect only a few. In addition to contributions from practicing attorneys, the EASL Journal accepts articles from laypersons involved with issues that affect many in the EASL fields. The EASL Journal is published three times a year by the Entertainment, Art and Sports Law Section and distributed to Section members free of charge.

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