Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Section

Entertainment Arts & Sports Law Section



Thursday, October 17, 2019

2:00 - 5:00 p.m. - Program (3.5 hours of CLE credit, professional practice)

5:00 - 6:00 p.m. - Networking Reception


co-sponsored by and to take place at UBS , 200 Park Avenue (Met Life Building at Grand Central), 18th floor



Money In, Money Out
Deal Terms and Waterfalls


Top business and legal experts will discuss and share practical insights into how today's deals are evaluated, structured and financed across multiple sectors of entertainment and media. 

Learn how lenders, investors and advisors make investment decisions and negotiate key deal terms using various combinations of public and private equity and debt, among other means, to finance creative talent and their projects in film, tv, theatre, music, video games and more. 

Corporate and commercial considerations, including securities regulation and compliance, will also be addressed. Networking reception to follow program.


Program and Reception Fee: EASL Members $50 | NYSBA Members $75 | Non-members $100 

*Law Students may join NYSBA/EASL for free & attend this event for $40


For more information contact : [email protected]     

Topics and Speakers:


Welcome, UBS Capabilities and Securities Based Lending

William Farrell, First VP, UBS Wealth Management

Austin Hunter, UBS Business Development Group

Adam Guralnick, Associate Director, UBS Banking


General Corporate and Securities Law Considerations

Barry Skidelsky, Esq., Law Offices of Barry Skidelsky

Ruth Jin, Esq., Jin & Koppell, PLLC


Motion Pictures and Interactive Entertainment

Ezra Doner, Esq., Law Office of Ezra Doner

Roger Gregory, Director Strategic Planning & Finance, FilmNation

Daniel Emerson, Esq., EVP & General Counsel, Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.  



Joseph Serling, Esq., Serling Rooks Hunter McKoy Worob & Averill LLP

Robert Faulstich, Esq., Director, Business and Legal Affairs, Epic Records



Jason Baruch, Esq., Sendroff & Baruch, LLP

Steven Baruch, President, Scorpio Entertainment



Disrupting Implicit Bias in the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Industries:
A Focus on the Legal Profession

Panelists will share best practices for disrupting implicit bias in the legal profession with a particular focus on the Entertainment, Arts and Sports law field.

Sponsored by the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section, the Intellectual Property Law Section and the Committee on Continuing Legal Education of the New York State Bar Association.

Monday, October 21, 2019
Registration: 5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. | CLE Program: 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. | Reception: 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Location and Hosted By: 
1515 Broadway
New York, NY 10036

1.5 MCLE Credits | 1.0 Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias, 0.5 Areas of Professional Practice

Free for Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law & Intellectual Property Law Section Members | NYSBA Member: $25 | Non-Member: $50


Program Co-Chairs
Anne S. Atkinson, Esq. | Of Counsel | Pryor Cashman LLP
Deborah Robinson, Esq. | Vice President, Anti-Piracy BALA | Viacom Inc.

Cheryl L. Davis, Esq. | General Counsel | Authors Guild

Program Faculty
Carla M. Miller, Esq. | Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs & Litigation Counsel | Universal Music Group
Oscar Pelaez, Esq. | Senior Director, Business Affairs | Kobalt Music
Jill Pilgrim, Esq. | Founder | Pilgrim & Associates Law Offices
Deborah Robinson, Esq. | Vice President, Anti-Piracy BALA | Viacom Inc.
Joshua Zuckerberg, Esq. | Partner | Pryor Cashman LLP

Tuition Assistance: Any New York attorney who has a genuine financial hardship may apply for tuition assistance for a CLE program. Learn more at www.nysba.org/TuitionAssistance.

Newly Admitted Attorneys: This program is transitional. For more information about the CLE Rules, please go to www.nycourts.gov/Attorneys/CLE.

Out-of-State Accreditation: This program has also been approved for MCLE credit by the State Bar of California, the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board and the Board of Continuing Legal Education of the State of New Jersey.  If you require MCLE credit in other states, we can provide you a Uniform MCLE Form.

Partial Credit for Program Segments Not Allowed: Under the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board Regulations and Guidelines, attendees at CLE programs cannot get MCLE credit for a program segment (typically, a lecture or panel, of which there are usually several in a program) unless they are present for the entire segment. Those who arrive late, depart early, or are absent for any portion of the program WILL NOT receive credit for that program segment.

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If you have any questions about this program, please contact Patrick Boland, CLE Program Manager or Kristina Maldonado, Section Liaison.


Music Business and Law Conference 

November 15, 2019
New York Law School | 185 West Broadway | New York, NY 10013

Don't miss the EARLY BIRD SPECIAL! Take advantage of the special pricing that ends on 10/10! 
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: $219 for EASL Members - Register Today! 

Cost to Attend:
EASL Section Members: EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: $219 for EASL Members |  $249 after the early bird special (that ends on 10/10

NYSBA Members: $289 (Join EASL Today for only $35 and save $40 on your registration) 
Non-NYSBA Members: $339 | Law Students: $149 | Accountants receiving CPE Credits: $299 

6.0 MCLE Credits / 7.0 CPE Credits: This program is not transitional and therefore does not qualify for newly admitted attorneys The majority of this course is approved for credit for experienced attorneys only. This course is not transitional and therefore will not qualify for credit for newly admitted attorneys (admitted to the New York Bar for less than two years). 

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MBLC 2019 


This year’s Music Business and Law Conference features a variety of speakers from law, finance, and business, with panels focusing on global perspectives, building brands, income streams, tax, and practical concerns for the music artist advisor. 

Panels and Program

8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.        Registration and Breakfast

8:45 a.m. -9:00 a.m.         Opening Remarks / Overview of the Day

9:00 a.m. -10:30 a.m.      1.  THE BASICS:  ARTIST REVENUE STREAMS
Jared Leibowitz, Esq., General Counsel Vydia, Inc.
Tim Dadson, Esq., Deputy General Counsel, SoundExchange
Jason Berger, Esq., Partner, Margolis Edelstein
Erika Stallings, Esq., BMI
Michael Simon, Esq., President, Rumblefish
Liz Norris, Activist

10:40 a.m. - 11:40 a.m.   2A.  COPYRIGHT REGISTRATION CHALLENGES
- Joyce S. Dollinger, Esq., Moderator
- Robert J. Kasunic, Esq., Assoc. Reg. of Copyrights, Dir. Registration Policy and Practice, US Copyright Office
- Sy Damle, Esq., Latham & Watkins LLP

                                        2B. BLANKET LICENSING / EU DIRECTIVE – US AND INTERNATIONAL
Marc Jacobson, Esq., Marc Jacobson, P.C. 
Ellis S. Rich, OBE, Hon. DMus, CEO Supreme Songs Ltd., fmr. Chairman PRS/MCPS
Ann Sweeney, Esq., SVP International/Global Policy, BMI

Regan A. Smith, Esq. General Counsel, Assoc. Reg. of Copyrights, US Copyright Office
Danielle Aguirre, Esq., EVP and General Counsel, NMPA
Charles J. Sanders, Esq., Counsel to Songwriters Guild of America

- Christopher Hull, CPA
, Moderator, Prager Metis CPAs
Austin Jacobs, CPA, Prager Metis CPAs – London
Barry Massarsky, Massarsky Consulting
Lisa K. Alter, Esq., Alter, Kendrick, Baron
- Neil Gillis, President, Round Hill Music

12:50 p.m. - 1:05 p.m.     LUNCH / KEYNOTE
-Monte Lipman, Co-Founder and CEO of Republic Records
-Avery Lipman, Co-Founder and President of Republic Records
-Steve Gawley, Esq., EVP Bus/Legal, Universal Music Group, East Coast Labels
-Daniel Getz, Esq., SVP Bus/Legal, Universal Music Group, Republic Records
Moderated byLarry S. Miller, Clinical Assoc. Prof. /Director, Music Business Program, NYU Steinhardt

- Lewis Stark, CPA - Moderator - Prager Metis CPAs - New York
Dell Furano, President, Epic Rights – Los Angeles
Tahir Basheer, Esq., Sheridan’s – London
Jed Ferdinand, Esq.,– New York

                                         4B. DIVERSITY FOCUS:  DISRUPTING BIAS
Cheryl L. Davis, Esq. General Counsel, Authors Guild
- Jill Pilgrim, Esq., Pilgrim & Associates Law Offices
Deborah Robinson, Esq., Viacom, Inc.
 - Joshua Zuckerberg, Esq., Pryor Cashman

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.        5.  LITIGATION UPDATE ON THE MUSIC FRONT
Robert W. Clarida, Esq., Reitler, Kailas & Rosenblatt LLC
Sandra A. Crawshaw-Sparks, Esq., Partner, Proskauer Rose
Daniel J. Aaron, Esq., Daniel J. Aaron, P.C.
Cynthia S. Arato, Esq., Partner, Shapiro Arato Bach LLP
Richard S. Mandel, Esq., Partner, Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman

Questions? Contact Kristina Maldonado @ [email protected]

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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 that policy, any member of our Association or non-member who has a genuine basis of his/her hardship, if approved, can receive a discount or scholarship, depending on the circumstances. To apply for a discount or scholarship, please send your request in writing to Kristina Maldonado at: New York State Bar Association, One Elk Street, Albany, New York 12207 or [email protected].

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 Kristina Maldonado at (518) 487.5588 or [email protected].

December 15, 2019 is the deadline to get your original papers in for a chance to receive a $2500 scholarship!


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Law students, take note of this publishing and scholarship opportunity: The Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Section of the New York State Bar Association (EASL) has established the Phil Cowan Memorial Scholarship!  Created in memory of Cowan, an esteemed entertainment lawyer and a former Chair of EASL, the Phil Cowan Memorial Scholarship fund offers up to two awards of $2,500 each on an annual basis in Phil Cowan’s memory to a law student who is committed to a practice concentrating in one or more areas of entertainment, art or sports law.

The Phil Cowan Memorial Scholarship has been in effect since 2005.  It is awarded each year at EASL’s Annual Meeting in January in New York City.

The Competition: 

Each Scholarship candidate must write an original paper on any legal issue of current interest in the area of entertainment, art or sports law.

The paper should be twelve to fifteen pages in length (including Bluebook form footnotes), double-spaced and submitted in Microsoft Word format.  PAPERS LONGER THAN 15 PAGES TOTAL WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.  The cover page (not part of the page count) should contain the title of the paper, the student’s name, school, class year, telephone number and email address.  The first page of the actual paper should contain only the title at the top, immediately followed by the body of text.  The name of the author or any other identifying information must not appear anywhere other than on the cover page.  All papers should be submitted to designated faculty members of each respective law school.  Each designated faculty member shall forward all submissions to his/her Scholarship Committee Liaison.  The Liaison, in turn, shall forward all papers received by him/her to the three (3) Committee Co-Chairs for distribution.  The Committee will read the papers submitted and will select the Scholarship recipient(s). 


The Competition is open to all students – both J.D. candidates and L.L.M. candidates -- attending eligible law schools.  “Eligible” law schools mean all accredited law schools within New York State, along with Rutgers University Law School and Seton Hall Law School in New Jersey, and up to ten other accredited law schools throughout the country to be selected, at the Committee’s discretion, on a rotating basis.

Free Membership to EASL: 

All students submitting a paper for consideration, who are NYSBA members, will immediately and automatically be offered a free membership in EASL (with all the benefits of an EASL member) for a one-year period, commencing January 1st of the year following submission of the paper.

Yearly Deadlines:

  • December 15th:  Law School Faculty liaison submits all papers she/he receives to the EASL/BMI Scholarship Committee 
  • January 15th:  EASL/BMI Scholarship Committee will determine the winner(s)

The winner will be announced, and the Scholarship(s) awarded at EASL’s January Annual Meeting.


All papers should be submitted via email to Kristina Maldonado at [email protected] no later than December 15th, 2019. 

Prerogatives of EASL Scholarship Committee:

The Scholarship Committee is composed of the current Chair of EASL and, on a rotating basis,   former EASL Chairs who are still active in the Section, Section District Representatives, and any other interested member of the EASL Executive Committee.  Each winning paper will be published in the EASL Journal and will be made available to EASL members on the EASL website.   The Scholarship Committee is willing to waive the right of first publication so that students may simultaneously submit their papers to law journals or other school publications.  In addition, papers previously submitted and published in law journals or other school publications are also eligible for submission to The Scholarship Committee.  The Scholarship Committee reserves the right to submit all papers it receives to the EASL Journal for publication and the EASL Web site.  The Scholarship Committee also reserves the right to award only one Scholarship or no Scholarship if it determines, in any given year that, respectively, only one paper, or no paper is sufficiently meritorious.  All rights of dissemination of the papers by EASL  are non-exclusive. 

Payment of Monies:

Payment of Scholarship funds will be made by EASL directly to the law school of the winner, to be credited against the winner’s account.

About the New York State Bar Association / EASL:

The 74,000-member New York State Bar Association is the official statewide organization of lawyers in New York and the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation.  Founded in 1876, NYSBA programs and activities have continuously served the public and improved the justice system for more than 125 years.

The more than 1,500 members of the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section of the NYSBA represent varied interests, including headline stories, matters debated in Congress, and issues ruled upon by the courts today.  The EASL Section provides substantive case law, forums for discussion, debate and information-sharing, pro bono opportunities, and access to unique resources including its popular quarterly publication, The EASL Journal.

January 28: EASL Section Annual Meeting Program

The NYSBA Annual Meeting will be held January 27-31, 2020

EASL Annual Meeting Program
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
New York Hilton Midtown
1335 Avenue of the Americas, NYC 

More details to follow in the coming months.  

April 1 - 2, 2020 - Save the Date! EASL's 9th Annual Legal Aspects of Producing

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 -Thursday, April 2, 2020

The Theater Center
210 West 50th
New York, NY

5:30PM – 9:15PM (each night)


NYSBA Members and CTI Alumni: $285.00 for Both Days | $165.00 for One Day 
$375.00 for Both Days | $225.00 for One Day 
 $185.00 for Both days | $95.00 for One Day

This course is approved for up to 7.0 MCLE credit hours in professional practice for New York State Attorneys. This program is non-transitional and therefore not suited for newly-admitted attorneys.

The Entertainment Arts and Sports Law Section of New York State Bar Association, in collaboration with the Commercial Theater Institute, will host the ninth annual intensive CLE seminar. The seminar will focus on the roles that theatrical lawyers play in guiding both new and seasoned industry professionals through all of the stages and legal aspects of producing. , The seminar will begin by covering the basics from acquiring rights, fundraising and investor fundamentals, and engaging the creative team The second part of the program will address some new topics, such as the distinctions between producing theater in the US and in the UK, the unique legal issues relating to the producing of immersive theater and licensing for primary and secondary markets.  We will cap off the second evening with our now traditional and much-acclaimed “fireside chat” with some of the top theater lawyers to discuss current legal issues and trends in the industry.

Registration link coming soon! 

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) 

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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.  


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 

Full Program Description  


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.  


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 


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 [email protected]


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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