Entertainment Arts & Sports Law Section

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    • 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 seventh straight 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 conflicts of interest, acquisition of rights and the engagement of the music staff (including the orchestrator, arrangers and music director). The second evening will focus on capitalizing development and production, including new avenues for fundraising unavailable to producers a few years ago, and contracting the rest of the creative team (including the director, choreographer and designers), followed by a discussion by a panel comprised of esteemed theater attorneys about the important issues of the day and emerging trends in the theater industry.

      This program approved for up to 7.0 credit hours,  6.0 in the area of professional practice for experienced attorneys only, including 1.0 Ethics credit. This program will not qualify for newly admitted attorneys because it is not a basic practical skills program.

      Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - Conflicts of Interest, Rights Acquisitions and Engaging the Creative Team Part I

      5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Registration

      6:00 p.m. – 6:10 p.m. Introductory Remarks

      6:10 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Conflicts of Interest (1 credit in Ethics)
      Speaker: Richard Maltz, Esq. and Tyler Maulsby, Esq., Frankfurt Kurnit & Selz, PC

      Richard and Tyler will go through a hypothetical (but entirely plausible) fact pattern and discuss potential conflicts facing practitioners in the field.

      7:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. Negotiating Rights and Production Contracts (1.5 credits)
      Speakers: Jason Baruch, Esq., Sendroff & Baruch, LLP and Jason Cooper, Esq., Creative Artists Agency

      The Jasons will discuss the various sources of underlying rights (including films, music catalogs and life rights) and engage in mock negotiations of an underlying rights agreement and production contracts with authors.

      8:15 p.m. – 8:20 p.m. Break

      8:20 p.m. – 9:10 p.m. Engaging the Creative Team – Part I (1 credit)
      Speakers: Nina Essman, 321 Theatrical Management, and Mark Sendroff, Esq. Sendroff & Baruch, LLP

      Know the difference between an orchestrator and arranger? A vocal arranger and incidental music arranger? A music director and music supervisor? Do you know all of the considerations that go into the contracts of the music staff, including union requirements? General manager Nina Essman and attorney Mark Sendroff will explain it all.

      9:10 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. Wrap Up

      Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - Investor Fundamentals, Engaging the Creative Team Part II and Emerging Trends

      5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Registration

      6:00 p.m. – 6:05 p.m. Introductory Remarks

      6:05 p.m. – 7:20 p.m. Investor Fundamentals (1.5 credits)
      Speaker: Susan Mindell, Esq., Levine Plotkin & Menin, LLP

      Susan will walk the group through Front Money Agreements, Joint Venture Agreements among producers, Co-Producer and Associate Producer Agreements between lead producers and major financiers and Offering Documents (i.e., the operating agreement or limited partnership agreement, and related subscription documents) between producers and investors. Susan also will discuss recent changes in the regulations. 

      7:20 p.m. – 7:25 p.m. Break

      7:25 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. Engaging The Creative Team – Part II (1 credit)
      Speaker: Steven Chaikelson, Esq., Snug Harbor Productions

      Using his unique perspective as both a lawyer and general manager, Steven will discuss other key agreements besides the rights agreements, including agreements with the director, choreographer and designers. Steven also will explain the function of the general manager and discuss the relevant terms of its contract.

      8:15 p.m. – 9:05 p.m. Emerging Trends in Theater Law (1 credit)
      Speakers: Loren Plotkin, Esq., Levine Plotkin & Menin, LLP, Scott Lazarus, Esq., Lazarus & Harris LLP, Gray Coleman, Esq., Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP and Jean Ward, Esq., Frankfurt Kurnit & Selz PC

      Our distinguished panel will discuss emerging trends and hot topics in the theater such as recent “fair use” cases (e.g., Who’s Holiday, Jersey Boys, Hand to God and 3C), director entitlements to author income, general solicitations and crowd-funding of productions, increasing demands of underlying rights holders such as film companies and music publishers, changing requirements of not-for-profit theaters mounting developmental productions, amortization and the role of the Dramatists Guild.

      9:05 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. Wrap-Up 

      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 

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    • 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: 

      • Music Publishing and Digital Media 
      • Music Business Basics – Publishing / Recording / Sampling 
      • You Don't Know What You've Got Till It's Gone – The Implications of Bankruptcy
      • Licensing Music for Broadway
      • International Focus - Global Database Efforts
      • Taking the Band on the Road – Tour Accounting
      • Ethics and Everyday Practice
      • Trends in Branding and Merchandising
      • It’s Still About the Money – Royalty and Licensing Audits
      • Copyright Law and Litigation – Annual Review 

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    • 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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