Panel 1: Labor and Employment Law Essentials: What You Need to Know When Advising TV or Film Producers
Is there really any such thing as a lawfully unpaid intern or a true independent contractor working on the set or in any other aspect of a TV or film production? Learn about these and other significant, front-burner issues from a team of labor and employment law practitioners who have over a century of collective experience dealing with personnel who provide services for TV and film productions. Our panel will address these issues, as well as the obligations of producers regarding compensation under federal and New York State laws governing wages and hours and issues concerning unemployment and disability insurance and workers’ compensation. The panel will also address questions of who is exempt from overtime pay requirements and who is not, notices that employers must provide their employees in New York, as well as special considerations in hiring child performers. There will be plenty of audience interaction. Questions from the floor will be welcome.
Moderator: Mary Ann Zimmer Esq., Law Office of Mary Ann Zimmer
Dennis Lalli, Esq., Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC
Alexander P. Rosenberg, Esq., Law Office of Alexander P. Rosenberg
Panel 2: Hot Topics for the Entertainment Guilds
As new distribution channels for media continue to emerge and new genres of programming become ever more popular, the entertainment guilds are facing new challenges. We will hear from representatives of the guilds representing actors, writers, stage employees and musicians as to their efforts to obtain protections and fair compensation for their members as well as expand their organizing efforts given developments such as reality television, production for internet and mobile devices, streaming and downloading, and other technological innovations.
Hope Pordy, Esq., Partner, Spivak Lipton LLP
Huseina Sulaimanee, Esq., SAG-AFTRA, Counsel, Legal Department
Dan Mahoney, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), Assistant Department Director, Motion Picture & Television Production
Flora Stamatiades, Actors’ Equity Association, National Director, Organizing and Special Projects
Harvey S. Mars, Esq., In-house Counsel, Local 802, American Federation of Musicians