Entertainment Arts & Sports Law Section

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    • Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section Meeting


      Tuesday, January 23, 2018 1:00 PM
      1:00 PM - 5:30 PM
      Total MCLE Credits: 5.00 (Professional Practice 5.00)

      Register Here or Download The Registration Form Here.

      Under New York's MCLE rule, this program has been approved for up to 5.0 credit hours (5.0 credits in Professional Practice). This program will NOT qualify for credit for newly-admitted attorneys because it is not a basic practical skills program. 

      Diane Krausz, Esq. - New York, NY

      Ethan Bordman, Esq. - New York, NY
      Pamela Jones, Esq. - New York, NY
      Robert Seigel, Esq. - New York, NY
      Barry Skidelsky, Esq. - New York, NY
      Irina Tarsis, Esq. - New York, NY
      Mary Ann Zimmer - New York, NY

      1:00 PM -1:15 PM
      Business Meeting and Awards

      1:15 PM-3:20 PM
      Take a Bow: What Happens to the Assets After the "Greatest Show on Earth" is Over

      Come one, come all! Send in the lawyers and the accountants. Inspired by the shuttering of the 140 year old Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, as well as closings in New York of an iconic toy store and the oldest private art gallery, this panel will discuss legal and commercial concerns that arise when entertainment, visual and performing arts related businesses decide to call it a day. Major brands and venerable institutions facing liquidation or restructuring are likely to have valuable assets (such as real estate leases, owned or licensed intellectual property and goodwill) which should not be abandoned or otherwise wasted. Instead, with attention and planning, there may be opportunities for further monetization or even a second life after the death of a business.

      Irina Tarsis, Esq., Founding Director, Center for Art Law and Law Office of Irina Tarsis 

      Barry Werbin, Esq., Counsel, Herrick, Feinstein LLP 
      Oliver Herzfeld, Esq., Senior VP and Chief Legal Officer, Beanstalk
      Richard Gering, CLP and a principal of Asterion

      3:20 PM- 3:30 PM
      Refreshment Break

      3:30 PM -5:35 PM 
      Content Distribution in the 21st Century: Traditional TV, VOD, Streaming and More

      Since 2000, technological advances including the widespread adoption of digital devices -- such as smart phones, smart TVs, over-the-top streaming devices, game consoles and tablets -- have contributed to phenomenal growth in the production and distribution of audio-visual content. 

      The boom in content production has been accompanied by a multiplicity of new video-on-demand and internet-delivered streaming services, which has created fierce competition for traditional broadcast, cable and satellite networks that already offer an enormous amount of audio-visual entertainment, news, sports, lifestyle, home shopping, religious and other content.

      This cutting-edge program will include both presentations and panel discussion among industry and legal experts, who will examine how they are dealing with today's business and legal issues related to proliferation of content, greater media competition and changing business models.  

      Peter Hamilton
      , Publisher, DocumentaryBusiness.com

      Eriq Gardner
      , Senior Editor, The Hollywood Reporter 
      John R. Morse, Ph.D., President, Byron Media
      Ezra Doner, Esq., The Law Office of Ezra Doner
      Aleena Maher, Esq., SVP, Business & Legal Affairs, Global Music & Entertainment Group, Viacom Media Networks
      Rhonda Powell, Esq., SVP, Business & Legal Affairs and Chief Legal Officer, Complex Networks
      Peter Rienecker, Esq., VP, Legal Affairs, HBO

      5:45 PM - 8:00 PM
      Joint Reception and Networking Opportunity co-sponsored by:  Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section and the Intellectual Property Section
      Bill's Bar & Burgers, 16 West 51st Street (@ Rockefeller Plaza) 

      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 12th, 2018. For more details, please contact Beth Gould in writing at New York State Bar Association, One Elk Street, Albany, New York 12207 or bgould@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 Beth Gould at 518-487-5674.

      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. The rate will be based on room selection (single/double occupancy) and arrival/departure dates with additional taxes and hotel fees. The discounted rate for January 21st and January 22nd is $179 per night. The discounted rate for January 23rd through January 28th is $229 per night. A rate of $209 will be offered to those with overlapping dates. Reservations must be made before December 15, 2017 by calling the New York Hilton Midtown directly at 800-445-8667 or online at www.nysba.org/am18accomm.

      For questions about this specific program, please contact Beth Gould at 518-487-5674. For registration questions only, please call the Member Resource Center at 800-582-2452. Fax registration form to 518-463-5993. 

    • March 27 - March 28, 2018: Legal Aspects of Producing: An Inside Approach to Navigating the Theatrical World



      Actors' Temple 
      339 West 47th Street, (between 8th and 9th Avenues)
      New York, NY 10036 

      Tuesday, March 27, 2018 -Wednesday, March 28, 2018  
      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.

      This program approved for up to 7.0 credit hours, in the area of professional practice for experienced attorneys only.  This program will not qualify for newly admitted attorneys because it is not a basic practical skills program.

      For more information: Beth Gould at bgould@nysba.org | CTI Alumni Looking to Register Please Fill out the Registration Form or contact Beth Gould at 518-487-5674 

    • 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 
      Bundle your recorded CLE program purchases and save up to 40% off of your cart total! Here’s how it works: 

      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 


  • 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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