Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Meeting

Tuesday, January 23, 2018
1:10 PM - 5:30 PM
Total MCLE Credits: 4.50 (Professional Practice 4.50)
Sutton South , 2nd Floor


Under New York's MCLE rule, this program has been approved for up to 4.5 credit hours (4.5 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, Esq., - New York, NY

1:10 PM -1:30 PM
Business Meeting and Awards

1:30 PM-3:10 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

3:10 PM- 3:20 PM
Refreshment Break

3:20 PM -5:25 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 [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 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.