Entertainment Arts & Sports Law Section

    March 29 and 30, 2017
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  • Section Events
    • Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Meeting


      Tuesday, January 24, 2017 1:00 PM
      1:00 PM - 5:30 PM
      Total MCLE Credits: 4.00 (Professional Practice 4.00)

      Register Here or Download The Registration Form Here.


      11:30 a.m.– 1:00 p.m.
      Executive Committee Meeting
      Bryant Suite, 2nd Floor

      1:00– 5:30 p.m.
      Afternoon Program
      Murray Hill, 2nd Floor

      5:45– 7:00 p.m.
      Cocktail Reception (OFFSITE)
      Bill’s Bar and Burger
      16 West 51st Street at 5th Avenue

      Diane F. Krausz, Esq., Law Offices of Diane Krausz, New York City

      1:00– 1:20 p.m.
      Welcome; Business Meeting, and Awards

      Section Chair 
      Diane F. Krausz, Esq., Law Offices of Diane Krausz, New York City

      Election of Officers, Delegates, District Representatives
      Richard A. Garza, Esq., Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI)

      Pamela Jones, Esq.,
       Law Offices of Pamela Jones, New York City
      Barry Skidelsky, Esq., Law Offices of Barry Skidelsky, New York City

      1:20– 3:20 p.m. 
      First Annual Television General Counsel Roundtable (2.0 credits in Areas of Professional Practice)

      The Television and Radio Committee (“TVR”) of the New York State Bar Association’s Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section (“EASL”), is pleased to present its inaugural annual Television General Counsel Roundtable, part of a slate of innovative programs planned by the TVR for 2017. 

      To help kick-off what will be a rare colloquy among the top U.S. cable television attorneys, Moderator Eriq Gardner, Senior Editor of the Hollywood Reporter, has selected some of the most significant entertainment law cases of 2016, in order to spark a lively discussion concerning the most pressing legal and business issues confronting media and entertainment lawyers (and their clients) today, including the free-speech rights of filmmakers who transform real-life stories into theatrical films; the current battle over reshaping access to television programming via so-called over-the-top television and set-top boxes; related FCC action regarding net neutrality and the promotion of independent programming; and, the copyright implications of pre-1972 sound recordings used by television and radio today. Insights provided by the moderator and panelists on these and other issues will help illuminate current media and entertainment business practices, trends, challenges and opportunities.

      Keep your eyes and ears open for the TVR’s second annual GC roundtable (planned to take place in September 2017), which will focus on online and mobile digital audio-visual media. Future program and speaker suggestions are welcome and can be made to TVR’s co-chairs: Pamela Jones (pamela@pamelajonesesq.com) and Barry Skidelsky (bskidelsky@mindspring.com).

      Eriq Gardner, Senior Editor, The Hollywood Reporter

      Nadja Webb Cogsville, Esq., Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, VH1, LOGO, BET, CENTRIC, Music Strategy
      Michael Fricklas, Esq., Executive Vice president, General Counsel and Secretary, Viacom Networks
      Cynthia Gibson, Esq., Executive President and Chief Legal Office, Scripps Networks Interactive
      Jon Lutzky, Esq., General Counsel, Viceland
      Jeffrey Schneider, Esq., Executive Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs, National Geographic Partners

      Refreshment Break   

      Brian Caplan, Esq.,
       Reitler Kailas & Rosenblatt LLC, New York City

      3:30pm – 5:30pm
      Crisis Management For Celebrities (2.0 credits in Areas of Professional Practice)
      What may be a crisis for one celebrity may not be one for another, but there are certain events that would universally be viewed as a crisis for most individuals in the public eye. From high visibility criminal proceedings to significant civil actions and accusations in the media, this panel will explore crisis management from the perspective of the criminal defense attorney, the civil litigator, the transactional attorney, the manager and the publicist. Each has a unique and integral role in guiding the celebrity through troubled waters in a stress filled time.

      Brian D. Caplan, Esq., Reitler Kailas & Rosenblatt LLC, New York City

      Susan Arons, Rubenstein Communications, New York City
      Benjamin Brafman, Esq., Brafman & Associates, PC, New York City
      Paul Rosenberg, Goliath Artists, New York City
      Theodor K. Sedlmayr, II, Esq., Sedlmayr & Associates, PC, New York City


      5:45 p.m. Cocktail Reception (Offsite – Immediately following CLE program)
      To be held at Bill’s Bar and Burger, 16 West 51st Street at 5th Avenue
      Come and join your colleagues at this fun networking event, wine/beer and hors d’oeuvres included in Reception Fee.



      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 credit for newly-admitted attorneys because it is not a basic practical skills program. 

      Discounts and Scholarships: New York State Bar Association members and non-members may apply for a discount or scholarship to attend this program, based on financial hardship. This discount applies to the educational portion of the program only. Under this policy, any member of our Association or non-member who has a genuine basis for their hardship, if approved, can receive a discount or scholarship, depending on the circumstances. Request for discounts or scholarships must be received prior to January 13th, 2017. For more details, please contact Lori Nicoll in writing at New York State Bar Association, One Elk Street, Albany, New York 12207 or lnicoll@nysba.org.

      Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities:  NYSBA welcomes participation by individuals with disabilities. NYSBA is committed to complying with all applicable laws that prohibit discrimination against individuals on the basis of disability in the full and equal enjoyment of its goods, services, programs, activities, facilities, privileges, advantages, or accommodations. To request auxiliary aids or services or if you have any questions regarding accessibility, please contact Lori Nicoll at 518-487-5563.


      For overnight room accommodations, please call the New York Hilton Midtown at 1-800-445-8667 and identify yourself as a member of the New York State Bar Association. Room rates are $260.00 per night plus taxes for single and double occupancy.  Reservations must be made by Friday, December 16, 2016. You also can reserve your overnight room on the web at www.nysba.org/am17accomm.

      For questions about this specific program, please contact Lori Nicoll at 518-487-5563. For registration questions only, please call the Member Resource Center at 800-582-2452. Fax registration form to 518-463-5993.

    • EASL Offsite Reception


      Tuesday, January 24, 2017 5:45 PM
      5:45 PM - 8:30 PM

      Register Here or Download The Registration Form Here.

      Bill's Bar and Burger | 16 West 51st Street (at 5th Avenue) | New York City  (A quick 5 minute walk from the Hilton Midtown)

      Join the EASL Section after the MCLE program at Bill's Bar and Burger for a fun networking reception. This is a great chance to connect with other members while enjoying great food. 

      Menu Includes:

      • Passed Hors d'oeuvres 
      • Sliders 
      • Taco Station
      • Salad and Sides
      • A great array of Desserts (Mini Shakes, Seven Layer Bars, Brownie Bites, and Lemon Bars)
      • Plus Beer, Wine, Soft Drinks, Coffee and Tea!

    • March 29 - March 30, 2017: Legal Aspects of Producing: An Inside Approach to Navigating the Theatrical World


      SAVE THE DATE!! 


      Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - Thursday, March 30, 2017 
      5:30PM – 9:15PM (each night)

      For the sixth year, The Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section (EASL) of the New York State Bar Association, in collaboration with The Commercial Theater Institute (CTI), the industry's leading training program, will host an intensive 2-evening CLE seminar focusing on the roles that theatrical lawyers have in guiding both new and seasoned industry professionals through all of the stages and legal aspects of theater producing.  

      Led by the top entertainment lawyers in the business, the first evening will cover all of the basics including acquiring underlying rights, engaging the dramatists and preparing co-producer and investor offering documents. The second evening will focus on developmental productions, including enhancement agreements between commercial producers and not-for-profit theaters, as well as other agreements with key members of the creative team and licensing.  Then veterans in the field will discuss emerging trends and issues, provide case studies and help producers and entertainment counsel navigate through some of the most common (and some esoteric) pitfalls of the theater business. 

      For more information: Beth Gould at bgould@nysba.org

  • 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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