Ken Ziffren Speaks to the Beverly Hills Bar Association in Eighth Annual Lecture

Film Czar Ken Ziffren: Franchise Films Are in a “Boom or Bust Era” | Hollywood Reporter

Ziffren’s eighth annual state of the industry presentation before the Beverly Hills Bar Association focused on change, risk and opportunity.

Source: Film Czar Ken Ziffren: Franchise Films Are in a “Boom or Bust Era” | Hollywood Reporter

9/21: Film Financing – What’s Hot and What’s Not

Film financing is constantly changing and it is important to understand the current state and future direction of the industry. Schuyler Moore, a leading expert on the legal and financial aspects of the Motion Picture industry, will discuss the following topics:

* Investment from China
* Equity from Advertisers
* Private Offerings and the ability to advertise
* Crowdfunding
* Financing from “retailers” (e.g. Netflix and Amazon)
* State tax credits
* Foreign subsidies
* Pre-sales
* Gap financing
* The impact of virtual reality.
* Section 181
* Dreamers and schemer

Speaker: Schuyler Moore, partner at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, LLP
Author of the book The Biz: The Basic Business, Legal and Financial Aspects of the Film Industry (Silman-James Press) and the treatise Taxation of the Entertainment Industry (Panel Publishers). He writes a blog for Forbes on the entertainment business and has a series of courses on YouTube.


When: Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Where: Lawry’s the Prime Rib (Directions, Free Underground Parking)
$0 – Members of The Order of Distinguished Attorneys
$45 – BHBA Members who pay in advance*
$245 – Non-BHBA Members who pay in advance*
Interested in Membership? Try it Free, No Commitment, for 30 days

Entertainment Law Section Chairs: Leigh Leshner, Esq. & Alexander Rufus-Isaacs, Esq.
Program Chair: Leigh Leshner, Esq.

Register Here!


* Advanced registration closes 24 hours prior to event time. Registrations received thereafter include a $25 additional fee. Full refund with 48 hours notice. Raincheck with 24 hours notice.

This activity has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of California in the amount of 1.5 Hours of Participatory Credit (.5 in Legal Ethics) and the Beverly Hills Bar Association certifies that this activity conforms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing minimum continuing legal education.

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8/17: Ken Ziffren – Developments and Trends for Entertainment and Media Lawyers

Ken Ziffren, ZIFFREN BRITTENHAM LLP, makes his eighth summer presentation before the Beverly Hills Bar Association. He will address recent developments and important trends which affect the practice of entertainment law, and offer his cogent comments and recommendations.

Ken Ziffren co-founded Ziffren, Brittenham, LLP, considered one of the country’s premiere entertainment law firms, over thirty years ago. Highly respected in both the legal and entertainment communities, Ken Ziffren is universally recognized as a master negotiator of complex entertainment matters.

This is our most popular event, effectively the “state of the union” address on the world of entertainment.

You don’t want to miss this one. The program will provide ample time for audience questions and responses.


When: Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Where: Lawry’s The Prime Rib (Directions, Free Underground Parking)
$0 – Members of The Order of Distinguished Attorneys
$45 – BHBA Members who pay in advance*
$245 – Non-BHBA Members who pay in advance*
Interested in Membership? Try it Free, No Commitment, for 30 days

Entertainment Law Section Chairs: Leigh Leshner, Esq. & Alexander Rufus-Isaacs, Esq.
Program Chair: Susan Rabin, Esq.


* Advanced registration closes 24 hours prior to event time. Registrations received thereafter include a $25 additional fee. Full refund with 48 hours notice. Raincheck with 24 hours notice.

This activity has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of California in the amount of 1.5 Hours of Participatory Credit and the Beverly Hills Bar Association certifies that this activity conforms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing minimum continuing legal education.

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8/3: The Newest Deals: Video Games and Virtual Reality

Whether your practice focuses on film, TV, music, licensing or games, position yourself to make the best possible interactive deals for your clients. A world class panel of video game legal and business pros will update you on industry trends – especially virtual reality – as well as deal points. Our panel of top video game and virtual reality dealmakers will be moderated by an auditor and will feature:

* The Beverly Hills Bar Association’s 2015 Entertainment Lawyer of the Year who counsels entertainment companies including regarding WGA, SAG-AFTRA and DGA relations
* A top video game agent from Creative Artists Agency (CAA)
* A leading attorney in the gaming industry who balances legal and business development roles.

Panel:

Ivy Kagan Bierman, Partner at Loeb & Loeb
Derek Douglas, Agent & Head of Games Division at Creative Artists Agency
Roy Rosenthal, General Counsel & Head of Business Affairs, Scopely
Cedar Boschan, Founder at Boschan Corp. (Moderator)


When: Wednesday, August 3, 2016, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Where: Lawry’s the Prime Rib (Directions, Free Underground Parking)

$0 – Members of The Order of Distinguished Attorneys
$45 – BHBA Members who pay in advance*
$245 – Non-BHBA Members who pay in advance*
Interested in Membership? Try it Free, No Commitment, for 30 days


Entertainment Law Section Chairs: Leigh Leshner, Esq. & Alexander Rufus-Isaacs, Esq.
Program Chair: Cedar Boschan


* Advanced registration closes 24 hours prior to event time. Registrations received thereafter include a $25 additional fee. Full refund with 48 hours notice. Raincheck with 24 hours notice.

This activity has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of California in the amount of 1.5 Hours of Participatory Credit (.5 in Legal Ethics) and the Beverly Hills Bar Association certifies that this activity conforms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing minimum continuing legal education.

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7/20: #SponsoredContent! What You Need to Know About the FTC Guidelines When Counseling Advertisers and Influencers in New Media

Social media has shifted the world of marketing. Consumers are now communicating, connecting and consuming information in an entirely new way that traditional methods of advertising don’t capture. However, social media marketing makes it more difficult to discern what is content, what is a personal statement and what is actually an advertisement-all major concerns for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Sponsored Tweets, product placements in YouTube videos, blogging about a product and online reviews present opportunities for violations of the FTC Act, which can lead to hefty fines, reputational harm and other repercussions. This program will explore the FTC’s Endorsement and Native Advertising Guides and provide best practices for counseling advertisers or influencers in the shifting landscape of sponsored content and social media.

Panel:

Jeffrey A. Greenbaum, Managing Partner, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC
Suemyra A. Shah, Associate, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP
Sara B. Perry, Business & Legal Affairs, DreamWorks Animation
Cassidy A. Merriam (Moderator), Associate, Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zafman LLP

When: Wednesday, July 20, 2016, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Where: Lawry’s the Prime Rib (Directions, Free Underground Parking)
$0 – Members of The Order of Distinguished Attorneys
$45 – BHBA Members who pay in advance*
$245 – Non-BHBA Members who pay in advance*
Interested in Membership? Try it Free, No Commitment, for 30 days

Entertainment Law Section Chairs: Leigh Leshner, Esq. & Alexander Rufus-Isaacs, Esq.
Program Chair: Cassidy Merriam, Esq.


* Advanced registration closes 24 hours prior to event time. Registrations received thereafter include a $25 additional fee. Full refund with 48 hours notice. Raincheck with 24 hours notice.

This activity has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of California in the amount of 1.5 Hours of Participatory Credit and the Beverly Hills Bar Association certifies that this activity conforms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing minimum continuing legal education.

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[DATE CHANGE] 6/8: Defending Celebrity Clients in Criminal Matters from Media to Law Enforcement for a Non-Criminal Law Practitioner

Veteran attorneys Blair Berk and Shawn Holley – who have represented O.J Simpson, Mel Gibson, Paris Hilton, Tupac Shakur, Snoop Dogg, and Lindsey Lohan among others – will discuss the nuts and bolts of representing celebrity clients and handling high-profile cases. In addition to sharing stories from the “trenches”, Holley and Berk will discuss the ethical implications of engaging the media and examine the relative pros and cons of doing so. Further topics to be discussed: cameras in the courtroom, gag orders and the myth of “celebrity justice”. With more than 40 years between them handling high-profile cases, Holley and Berk will also offer important advice and guidance for the non-criminal practitioner with a celebrity client who has been arrested or who is being investigated by law enforcement.

Panel:

Shawn Holley, Esq., Partner, Kinsella, Weitzman, Iser Kump & Aldisert LLP
Blair Berk, Esq., Partner, Tarlow & Berk, PC


When: Wednesday, June 8, 2016, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Where: Lawry’s the Prime Rib (Directions, Free Underground Parking)

$0 – Members of The Order of Distinguished Attorneys
$45 – BHBA Members who pay in advance*
$245 – Non-BHBA Members who pay in advance*
Interested in Membership? Try it Free, No Commitment, for 30 days

Entertainment Law Section Chairs: Leigh Leshner, Esq. & Alexander Rufus-Isaacs, Esq.
Program Co-Chair: Doron F. Eghbali, Esq.


* Advanced registration closes 24 hours prior to event time. Registrations received thereafter include a $25 additional fee. Full refund with 48 hours notice. Raincheck with 24 hours notice.

This activity has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of California in the amount of 1.5 Hours of Participatory Credit (.5 in Legal Ethics) and the Beverly Hills Bar Association certifies that this activity conforms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing minimum continuing legal education.

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2016 Entertainment Lawyer of the Year:
Darrell D. Miller
Managing Partner, Fox Rothschild LLP

Featuring performances by Ludacris, Brandy, and Donald Lawrence

For more information or to purchase tickets, please call (310) 601-BHBA (2422) or visit https://www.bhba.org/index.php/component/content/article/365.

2016 Entertainment Lawyer of the Year Flier 2

Thanks to Everyone Who Attended Shake, Rattle & Roll!

Left to right: Mark Rifkin, Randall Newman, Howard King, E. Michael Harrington, Dinah Perez, Henry Gradstein, Pierre Pine

Left to right: Mark Rifkin, Randall Newman, Howard King, E. Michael Harrington, Dinah Perez, Henry Gradstein, Pierre Pine

Mark Rifkin, Henry Gradstein, E. Michael Harrington, Howard King

Left to right: Mark Rifkin, Henry Gradstein, E. Michael Harrington, Howard King

4/21: Mediation in the Entertainment Industry: Preserving Relationships and Dealing with Conflict

John Schulman, former Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Warner Bros. Entertainment, explains the relevancy, need and particularity of mediation in media and entertainment. Join John for a candid discussion about the why mediation is THE MOST important dispute resolution process in the entertainment industry, where preservation of relationships for future projects is key. Learn how to de-escalate conflict in a creative world and why doing so is ‘good business’.

Speaker:

John Schulman, Esq.
Former Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Warner Bros. Entertainment

When: Thursday, April 21, 2016 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Where: Beverly Hills Bar Association (Directions, Parking at 241 No. Canon Drive)

$0 – Members of The Order of Distinguished Attorneys
$25 – BHBA Members who pay in advance*
$225 – Non-BHBA Members who pay in advance*
Interested in Membership? Try it Free, No Commitment, for 30 days

Section on Conflict Resolution Chair: Joel L. Fishman, Esq.
Program Co-Chair: Jennifer Winestone, Esq.
Entertainment Law Section Chairs: Leigh Leshner, Esq. & Alexander Rufus-Isaacs, Esq.

* Advanced registration closes 24 hours prior to event time. Registrations received thereafter include a $25 additional fee.Full refund with 48 hours notice. Raincheck with 24 hours notice.

This activity has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of California in the amount of 1 Hour of Participatory Credit and the Beverly Hills Bar Association certifies that this activity conforms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing minimum continuing legal education.

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4/20: Shake, Rattle, and Roll: The Cases That Rocked Music in 2015

When: Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Where: Lawry’s The Prime Rib (Directions, Free Underground Parking)

2015 presented several landmark copyright cases that rocked the music industry, including the controversial “Blurred Lines” case between the heirs of Marvin Gaye against Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke, the “Flo & Eddie” class action cases regarding the protections afforded to pre-1972 sound recordings and the “Happy Birthday to You” case. The panelists who were involved in each of these cases will delve into the heart of these important decisions, discuss the issues unique to each of these cases and how the rulings have impacted the music industry and how business will be done moving forward. This program will also discuss the role and importance of musicologists and how they provide insight into how music is analyzed in copyright infringement cases and how expert testimony can weigh heavily on the jury’s eventual decision.

Henry Gradstein (litigator, “Flo & Eddie” cases)
Howard King (litigator, “Blurred Lines” case)
Randall Newman (litigator, “Happy Birthday to You” case)
Dr. E. Michael Harrington (musicologist and expert witness on cases for Dixie Chicks, Deadmau5, Lady Gaga, Tupac Shakur, etc.)
Moderator: Dinah Perez – Law Office of Dinah Perez

$0 – Members of The Order of Distinguished Attorneys
$45 – All Attendees who pay in advance*

Interested in Membership? Try it Free, No Commitment, for 30 days

Entertainment Law Section Chairs: Leigh Leshner, Esq. & Alexander Rufus-Isaacs, Esq.
Program Co-Chairs: Dinah Perez and Pierre Pine

Register Here!


 

* Advanced registration closes24 hours prior to event time. Registrations received thereafter include a $25 additional fee.Full refund with 48 hours notice. Raincheck with 24 hours notice.

This activity has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of California in the amount of 1.5 Hours of Participatory Credit – and the Beverly Hills Bar Association certifies that this activity conforms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing minimum continuing legal education.

Copyright © 2015. All Rights Reserved.