Entertainment Arts & Sports Law Section

  • EASL Fashion Committee CLE
    EASL: FASHION LAW ANNUAL CLE Thursday, April 29th at the Fashion Institute of Technology
    Register Now for Legal Aspects of Producing: March 25th and March 26th
  • Section Events




      Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - Thursday, March 26, 2015 
      5:30PM – 9:15PM (each night)

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

      This program qualifies for up to 7.0 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

      For the fourth year, 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 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 producing. 

      Led by the top entertainment lawyers in the business, the first day will cover all of the basics including acquiring underlying rights, engaging the dramatists and preparing co-producer and offering documents. The second day will focus on developmental productions, including enhancement agreements between commercial producers and not-for-profit theaters, as well as international licensing and subsidiary rights.  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.

      Wednesday, March 25th

      Negotiating Rights and Production Contracts
      Speakers: Jason P. Baruch, Esq., 
      Sendroff and Baruch, LLP and Presenter: Susan Mindell, Esq., Levine, Plotkin & Menin, LLP

      • Jason and Susan 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.

      Investor Fundamentals 
      Speaker: Matthew Lefferts, Esq., 
      Franklin Weinrib Rudell & Vassallo PC

      • Matt 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.  Matt will touch upon recent changes in the regulations allowing for crowd-funding and general solicitations.

      Thursday, March 26th 

      Not for Profit Enhancement Agreements
      Speaker: Carol Kaplan
       of Loeb & Loeb LLP

      • Carol will discuss the relationship among authors, not-for-profit theaters and commercial producers and the agreements governing the relationships among them.

      International Licensing & Transfers of Stage Properties; Subsidiary Rights
      Speaker: Marsha Brooks, Esq., 
      Brooks & Distler

      • Marsha will discuss the life of stage properties away from Broadway, including subsidiary rights and international licensing.

      Emerging Trends in Theater Law    
      Speakers: Seth Gelblum, Esq., 
      Loeb & Loeb LLP,  Scott Lazarus, Esq., Lazarus & Harris LLP and  Loren Plotkin Esq., Levine Plotkin & Menin, LLP

      • Seth, Scott and Loren will discuss emerging trends and hot topics in the theater such as director entitlements to author income, general solicitations and crowd funding of productions, increasing demands of underlying rights holders such as film companies, changing requirements of not-for-profit theaters mounting developmental productions, amortization and the role of the Dramatists Guild. 

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

    • April 1st: Fordham Sports Law Forum,

      The Fordham Sports Law Forum, along with the New York State Bar Association-Entertainment Arts & Sports Section, is hosting the 19th Annual Sports Law Symposium on Wednesday, April 1st from 9:15-5:00 in Fordham's new law school building (150 West 62nd Street, New York, NY). 

      This year, three panels will focus on current policies and practices in sports law, in the areas of taxation, domestic and sexual violence, and the fan's effect on team and league discipline. Attendees will receive 4.5 transitional and nontransitional professional practice credit hours, and can register here: law.fordham.edu/sportslawNYSBA-EASL members will receive a substantial discount on the registration cost! 

      Program Flyer
      Symposium Invitation and Schedule

      Please email the event chair, Katie Rosenberg (krosenberg4@law.fordham.edu) with any questions. We look forward to seeing you there!


      Identity Crisis! Legal and PR Aspects of Managing Brand Image in Celebrity Endorsements and Licensing Agreements [Gone Wrong] 

      Friday, April 29, 2015 
      5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Welcoming Reception 
      6:00 p.m. - 8:05 p.m. - Panel/Q&A
      8:05 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - Networking

      Fashion Institute of Technology
      Katie Murphy Amphitheatre  
      7th Ave at W. 21st Street 
      New York, NY 10001
      Register Online 

      This program qualifies for 2.0 MCLE Credit Hours in Professional Practice 

      Cost: EASL Members: $25 | NYSBA Members: $50 | Non-Members: $85 

      As you wait in the checkout line at your local supermarket, you are so bored that you grab a gossip mag from the display above the mints. (OK, so it’s really because you secretly love the sleaze… but we won’t tell.) Flipping through the pages, you are consumed by the latest celebrity news: love, heartbreak and… uh oh… scandal. The top news story recounts a young celebutant’s night of partying that ended in her arrest.  In the wake of this incident, said starlet has been dropped by the trendy clothing line she served as brand ambassador for. “How can they do that!?” you think to yourself.  “Isn’t there a contract they have to honor?” “And what about free speech?” 
      Recently, such situations have become quite common, resulting in an increased importance placed on contract terms designed to protect a fashion brand’s reputation. This need for image control does not stop at celebrity endorsements. A brand’s reputation can be at risk if the brand is associated with manufacturers or factories alleged to be in violation of health, safety and labor laws. 
      NYSBA’s Fashion Law Committee, in partnership with the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Jay and Patty School of Business and Technology, invites you to attend its annual CLE event for a lively discussion of these issues.  Industry attorneys and PR professionals will discuss the ins-and-outs of image protection from a legal and public relations perspective. Hear as they relay best practices in negotiating celebrity endorsement deals, discuss the importance and effectiveness of morality clauses and advise on avoiding reputational damage in the event of a “rogue” brand representative.  Panelists will also discuss these issues as they apply to labor and safety standards.

      To register over the phone please contact the State Bar Service Center at 1-800-582-2452 

      For Questions: Beth Gould at bgould@nysba.org 

    • 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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