Entertainment Arts & Sports Law Section

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    London's West End and Broadway - Worlds Apart (Or Not) CLE Program October 18, 2017 | The Dramatists Guild | Mary Rodgers Room (Room 710) | 1501 Broadway | New York, NY 10036
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    Music Business and Law Conference: Early Bird Rate Available Now!!! Friday, November 17, 2017 | New York Law School
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    • October 4, 2017: “Ripped From the Headlines”- Depicting Lawyers and Judges on TV: Truth or Fake Law?

      “Ripped From the Headlines”- Depicting Lawyers and Judges on TV: Truth or Fake Law?

      Wednesday, October 4, 2017
      6:00 PM – 7:30 PM Program
      7:30 PM – 8:30 PM Reception

      Actor’s Temple | 339 W 47th Street | New York, NY 10036

      Cost to Attend: $30 for EASL and IP Section Members | $50 for NYSBA Members | $75 for Non-Members


      Cheryl L. Davis, Esq., Menaker & Herrmann LLP, Moderator
      Hon. Barbara Jaffe, Supreme Court of the State of New York 
      Warren Leight, Former Showrunner, “Law and Order- SVU,” Tony-award winning playwright, screenwriter
      Anne Milgrim, Special Legal Consultant, Law and Order

      Many people (including most lawyers) are first exposed to the New York court system through such shows as Law & Order.  But unless she’s in and out of court on a daily basis, an attorney may not know how close to “reality” the action and story actually is.  There are a few individuals who possess an intimate knowledge of the New York courts, and who – though they may be huge fans of such legal programs -- specifically instruct their juries to ignore the points of law that they may have seen on TV. How and why these differences and inconsistencies exist will be the subject of a lively and informative discussion by our panel from both sides of the camera - i.e., the real courtroom and the “fake” one. 

      Reception and Q&A to follow. This program does not carry MCLE    

      For questions contact Beth Gould 

    • October 18, 2017: London's West End and Broadway – Worlds Apart (Or Not)

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      Wednesday, October 18, 2017 | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM 

      The Dramatists Guild | 
      Mary Rodgers Room (Room 710) | 1501 Broadway | New York, NY 10036

      Cost to Attend: $75 for EASL Section Members | $150 for Non-EASL Members 

      This program qualifies for 2.0 MCLE Credits in Professional Practice, this program is not transitional so does not qualify for newly admitted attorneys.  


      Speaker: Neil Adleman, Esq., Harbottle & Lewis LLP 

      Neil Adleman will compare and contrast the legal issues and business issues between the leading theater capitals of London and New York.  This will include how musicals and plays are developed, investment raised, theaters booked, tickets sold and royalties calculated.  The program will also look at the differing dynamics of producing in the West End and Broadway – how much money there is to be made and the long term value and exploitation of rights.  Practitioners of theater law, and those with an interest in practicing in the field (or those just interested in the business of theater), will find this program invaluable and are highly encouraged to attend.

      Neil Adleman is a partner specializing in theatre at London firm Harbottle & Lewis LLP.  West End and Broadway productions he has advised on include War HorseBilly Elliot, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.  He has advised on the West End transfer of Broadway productions including Wicked, Book of Mormon, Beautiful, Motown and Spamalot.  Other clients include the National Theatre, Donmar Warehouse and The Old Vic.

      For further information, please Beth Gould at bgould@nysba.org

    • November 17, 2017: Music Business and Law Conference



      Friday, November 17, 2017

      New York Law School | 185 West Broadway | New York, NY 10013

      EASL Section Members:  $219 before September 15th | $249 after
      NYSBA Members: $289 (Join EASL Today for only $35 and save $35 on your registration) 
      Non-NYSBA Members: $329 | Law Students: $149 
      Accountants receiving CPE Credits: $299 


      The Music Business and Law Conference will once again feature a variety of speakers from law, finance, business and technology.   Join us for as we bring you up to date on the latest trends and look ahead to opportunities and challenges in the music industry.


      8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. Registration (continental breakfast provided)

      9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. (plenary panel)

      Music Publishing and Digital Media 

      Streaming.  It is heralded as the future of the business. How does the writer, the publisher, the label and the recording artist get paid?  Is the industry at large becoming dependent on Spotify which continues to lose money, but may be too big to fail?  Do we next rely on Facebook Apple Amazon Google and Spotify (FAAGS) for the revenue from the industry?  Will Free services or Freemium services sustain the business?  This panel of industry leaders will address the issues that publishers and writers face in monetizing their rights, and preventing infringement, as well as where the industry is headed.  Attendee questions about rights management, monetary recovery and related issues will be addressed as well.


      • Marc Jacobson, Esq. – Marc Jacobson, P.C. (Moderator)
      • Seth M. Goldstein, Esq., Vice President, Legal & Business Affairs, MediaNet 
      • Neil Gillis, President, Round Hill Music
      • Noah Becker, President/CEO AdRev (AudioMicro, Inc.)

      10:10 a.m.-11:10 a.m. (two panels choose one): 

      Music Business Basics – Publishing / Recording / Sampling 

      This panel will cover basic concepts of publishing and recording agreements, including how sampling fits into those realms, along with a  discussion of the role of a talent agent for a band.  Sample agreements will be provided.  Attendees are encouraged to bring questions about 360 deals, administration, co-publishing and publishing agreements, agency roles, and the roles of management.


      • Ralph DePalma, Esq., Pryor Cashman LLP (Moderator)
      • Joseph Lloyd Serling, Esq., Partner, Serling Rooks Hunter McKoy & Worob LLC
      • Natalia Nastaskin, Esq., Head of US Music Operations, United Talent Agency
      • Andrew G. Tavel, Esq., Tavel & Shulman, P.C.
      • Keith Hauprich, Esq., General Counsel & Senior Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs, BMG-North America

      You Don't Know What You've Got Till It's Gone – the Implications of Bankruptcy

      Nothing can disrupt a business deal – for better or worse, depending on your position in the deal – like a bankruptcy filing. This panel will address the practical intersection between bankruptcy law and the music industry. The panel will also address bankruptcy treatment of unpublished works, copyright licenses and trademarks and the unique benefits of buying and selling assets through a bankruptcy proceeding.


      • L.P. (Lynn) Harrison III, Esq., Partner, Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle LLP (Moderator) 
      • Allen G. Kadish, Esq., DiConza Traurig Kadish LLP
      • Melinda D. Middlebrooks, Esq., Managing Partner, Middlebrooks Shapiro, P.C.
      • David B. Shemano, Esq., Partner, Robins Kaplan LLP

      11:20 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. (two panels choose one): 

      Licensing Music for Broadway 


      • Roberta L. Korus, Esq., Roberta Korus Attorney-at-Law
      • Karen A. Kowgios, CPA, Partner, WithumSmith+Brown, PC
      • Jason Baruch, Esq., Sendroff & Baruch., LLP

      International Focus - Global Database Efforts 


      • Jeff Liebenson, Esq., Liebenson Law & President of IAEL  (Moderator)
      • Dan Millington, Performer Development Manager, PPL-UK
      • Mark Isherwood, Chief Operating Officer, DDEX
      • Sandra Gama, Esq., Chief Legal Officer. iMusica 

      12:45 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Keynote Lunch 

      Luncheon Speaker: Willard Ahdritz, Founder/CEO, Kobalt

      Willard Ahdritz founded Kobalt in 2000 with a mission: making the music industry more fair and rewarding for creators. He wanted to give artists, songwriters, musicians, labels and publishers the freedom and transparency they needed to build their careers.

      1:40 p.m. - 2:40 p.m. (two panels choose one)

      Taking the Band on the Road – Tour Accounting 


      • Joyce Dollinger, Esq.,  (Moderator)
      • Jason Browning, President-CEO, The Browning Group, Inc. 
      • Joseph P. Callaghan, CPA,  Prager Metis 
      • Peter Pappalardo, Agent, Artist Group International
      • Monika A. Tashman, Esq., Partner, Fox Rothschild LLP

      Ethics – Legal and Accounting 


      • Lewis Tesser, Esq., Senior Partner, Tesser, Ryan & Rochman, LLP
      • Kevin A. Burke, Esq., Partner, Sidley Austin LLP

      2:50 p.m. - 3:50 p.m. (two panels choose one)

      Trends in Branding and Merchandising 


      • Kim Youngberg, Esq., Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Screenvision Media
      • Terri DiPaolo, Esq., Head of Licensing, Sponsorships & Endorsements at TKO
      • Jason Boyarski, Esq., Partner, Boyarski Fritz LLP
      • Andrew Hampp, VP-Brand Strategist, at MAC Presents,

      It’s Still About the Money – Royalty and Licensing Audits 


      • Mark A. Levinsohn, Esq., Levinsohn Associates, P.C. (Moderator)
      • Brian D. Caplan, Esq.,  Partner, Reitler Kailas & Rosenblatt LLC
      • J. Christopher Hull, CPA, Partner, Prager Metis CPAs, LLC

      4:00 p.m. -5:00 p.m. (plenary panel)

      Copyright Law and Litigation – Annual Review 

      The last year has seen many exciting copyright and entertainment cases in the litigation arena.  Four experienced litigators who have litigated extensively in the music industry  will examine some of the high profile cases (e.g., the Blurred Lines appeal, Estate of Barre v Beyoncé, Estate of Jimmy Smith V. Drake, etc.), as much for their results as to highlight the parties' litigation strategies. From substantial similarity issues and developments in the "fair use" defense in music sampling cases, to courts' increasing readiness to resolve of cases in early dispositive motion practice, the panel will also look at the practical effects and implications of these cases and trends for the industry going forward.


      • Stephen B. Rodner, Esq., Senior Counsel, Pryor Cashman LLP (Moderator)
      • Paul V. LiCalsi, Esq., Partner, Robins Kaplan LLP
      • Brian D. Caplan, Esq., Partner, Reitler, Kailas & Rosenblatt LLC
      • Robert W. Clarida, Esq., Partner, Reitler, Kailas & Rosenblatt LLC
      • Ilene Farkas, Esq., Partner, Pryor Cashman LLP

      Registration includes: 

      • Full Day Continuing Education Program with up to 6.0 MCLE Credits / 7.0 CPE Credits (this program is not transitional and therefore does not qualify for newly admitted attorneys)
      • Continental Breakfast, Refreshments and Luncheon

      To register over the phone please contact out Member Resource Center at 1-800-582-2452. For questions contact Beth Gould at bgould@nysba.org 

    • Recorded Product: 2016 Music Business and Law Conference


      This program features 11 different panels featuring a variety of speakers from law, finance, business, and technology, with several panels focusing on global perspectives of representation, tax, and practical concerns for music artists and businesses alike.

      Topics include: 

      • Case Developments Impacting the Music Industry 
      • International Digital Licensing and Copyright Reform
      • No Direction Home:  Tax and Legal Planning for Multi National Groups
      • Anatomy of a Music Festival
      • Planning for Celebrities and Beyond
      • Termination Rights and Related Issues
      • ReMixed and Mashed Up - Clearance and Royalty Streams 
      • Ethics: CyberEthics
      • Trends and the Outlook for Music Publishing and Master Catalog Transactions
      • DOJ Decision and PROs


      Purchase the entire program or just the panels you are interested in! 


      (if you are interested in just certain panels click on the panel title above) 

      Bundle and SAVE: EXCLUSIVE Member Benefit - Bundling/Discount for Recorded Products 
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      Select your recorded programs by format ( online video/audio streamingDVD/CD) and place them in your shopping cart.  The more products/credits you place in your shopping cart, the bigger the discount: 4 credits or more earns you 10% off of your shopping cart total; 8 or more credits earn 20% off; 10 or more 30% and 12 or more a maximum of 40% in savings.  

    • Recorded Product: 2017 EASL Section’s Annual Meeting Program


      Were you unable to make it EASL’s Annual Meeting Program? Purchase the recording and receive 4.0 credits in Professional Practice (Non-Transitional) 

      The program included two panels:

      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.

      Moderator: 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, Vice Media
      Jeffrey Schneider, Esq., Executive Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs, National Geographic Partners

      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.

      Moderator: 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 


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    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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