2017 Entertainment Lawyer of the Year:
Harold Brown
Partner, Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown, Inc.

Featuring Master of Ceremonies Craig Ferguson

For more information or to purchase tickets, please call (310) 601-BHBA (2422) or visit https://bhba.org/index.php/component/jevents/icalrepeat.detail/2017/05/03/563/-/entertainment-lawyer-of-the-year.

5/10 – Terminated On Friday the 13th: An Update On Terminating Copyright Transfers

The 1976 Copyright Act provided authors and artists the right to terminate their prior copyright grants, with the earliest terminations beginning on January 1, 2013. This program will provide an overview of termination rights in general, including discussing the timing and notification requirements for such terminations under both Sections 203 and 304 of the Copyright Act (for pre and post 1978 grants). The panel will include a discussion regarding the issues raised by an author/artist’s use of a loan out corporation and the potential effect on termination rights. The panelists will also discuss notable copyright termination cases, including in depth discussions regarding the recently filed Horror, Inc. v. Miller, which involves an author of a screenplay (of the original “Friday the 13th” film) exercising his termination rights. The Horror, Inc. case raises many interesting issues including what effect and limitations such termination could have on the production company’s ability to create additional chapters of this long running film franchise, and whether Miller’s screenplay constituted a “work for hire” under the 1976 Copyright Act.

Speakers:

Marc Toberoff, Founding Partner of Toberoff & Associates, P.C., represents the author in Horror, Inc. v. Miller, and has represented artists and authors in other high profile copyright termination cases, including Siegel v. Warner Bros. (Superman), Marvel v. Kirby (X-Men, Fantastic Four, Thor, Hulk etc.), and Classic Media v. Mewborn (Lassie).

Michael L. Lovitz, Founding Partner and Owner of Lovitz IP Law P.C., focuses his practice on intellectual property issues including trademark and copyright prosecution, licensing and litigation and copyright termination. Michael is the Co-Chair of the I.P., Internet & New Media Section of the BHBA.

Aaron J. Moss, Partner at Greenberg Glusker, is the chair of Greenberg Glusker’s litigation department and a member of its intellectual property department. Aaron specializes in representing owners and users of creative content, and is the co-author of “Copyright Termination and Loan-Out Corporations: Reconciling Practice and Policy,” which was published in the Harvard Law School “Journal of Sports & Entertainment Law.”

Moderator:

Larry Zerner of Law Offices of Larry Zerner, is an entertainment attorney who’s practice specializes in copyright litigation matters. Larry is the founding co-chair of the California Society of Entertainment Lawyers, and is also a former actor who portrayed one of the cinematic victims of Jason Voorhees, in “Friday the 13th, Part III.”


When: Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm (Program at 12:30 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: Alexander Rufus-Isaacs, Esq. & Pierre B. Pine, Esq.
Program Chair: Pierre B. Pine, Esq.
IP Section Co-Chairs: Azita Iskandar, Esq. & Michael Lovitz, Esq.

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* 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 MCLE 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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3/15 – To Clear or Not to Clear — Clearance for Programming in the Digital Age

Sponsored by eMinutes: Corporate Lawyers for Creatives and Entrepreneurs

In the age of social media, clearance can be tricky when producers use clips, photographs and other content in their programming. When does Fair Use apply? If it is considered Fair Use, what about rights of privacy and intellectual property rights? What can a production company do to insulate themselves from a claim? What happens when a claim is made against a production company? The panel will discuss and offer practical tips on these and other issues including insurance Fair Use Riders.

Panelists:

Gregory Fein, President, Media Research & Clearances, Inc.
Christie Mattull, Managing Director, Entertainment Industry Solutions
Edward Ruttenberg, of Counsel, Leopold Petrich & Smith


When: Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm (Program at 12:30 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: Alexander Rufus-Isaacs, Esq. & Pierre B. Pine, Esq.
Program Chair: Leigh S. Leshner, Esq.

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* 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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2/7 – Screenplay Wars: Rogue Justice?

Despite the strong likelihood that the claims will be summarily dismissed and attorney’s fees awarded, lawyers regularly file copyright infringement suits claiming that the latest motion picture or television series was copied from their clients’ literary creations. The history of these cases raises questions of whether (a) aspiring screenwriters and their counsel tend to overreach in claiming infringement of ideas, scenes-a-faire, and otherwise unprotected elements of their works, or (b) the customary rejection of screenplay infringement claims is the result of unspoken judicial hostility to them. The presentation will focus upon the evolution of the concept of “substantial similarity,” the element that generally proves fatal to these claims.

Speakers:

Robert F. Helfing – Partner, Sedgwick LLP; Adjunct Professor of Copyright Law, Southwestern Law School

David Aronoff – Partner, Fox Rothschild LLP

Moderator:

Jay Dougherty – Professor of Law and Director, Entertainment/Media Law Institute & Concentration Program, Loyola Law School


When: Tuesday, February 7, 2017, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm (Program at 12:30pm)
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: Alexander Rufus-Isaacs, Esq. & Pierre B. Pine, Esq.
Program Chair: Alexander Rufus-Isaacs, Esq. – Partner, Rufus-Isaacs, Acland & Grantham LLP

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* 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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1/11/2017 – 2016 Entertainment Year In Review

**For more information, to register, or to get a 30-day free membership, call 310-601-BHBA or visit bhba.org**

You will not want to miss our annual entertainment round-up and legal extravaganza featuring top practitioners.


Three separate panels will review and highlight the events, deals and major cases of 2016 as they affect the Entertainment Industry and the practice of law. Our panelists include Ethics Experts, Dealmakers and Litigators, with first-hand experience and insights into these events, deals and major cases.


PANEL I

The Year in Ethics and the State Bar

You will be brought up to date on the tumultuous year for the State Bar. Legal developments in ethics and tips for staying out of trouble are also on the agenda.

Panelists

Diane Karpman, Karpman & Associates, outstanding expert witness in legal malpractice and ethics advisor

Jonathan B. Cole, Nemecek & Cole, Sherman Oaks, leading malpractice defense attorney

Moderator

Neville L. Johnson, Johnson & Johnson LLP, Beverly Hills


PANEL II

“This Just In – Where We Were and Where We Are Going”

Don’t miss your chance to hear the past year’s trends in transactional law straight from the dealmaker’s themselves. They will share the recent developments and important trends that affect the practice of entertainment law.

Panelists

Carlos Goodman, Partner, Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal LaViolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman, LLP

Craig Emanuel, Partner, Loeb & Loeb LLP (Managing Partner – Los Angeles Office; Chair – Entertainment Practice Group)

Darrell D. Miller, Managing Partner, Los Angeles Offices, Chair, Entertainment Department, Fox Rothschild LLP

Shaun Clark, Partner, Entertainment, Technology and Advertising practice group, Sheppard Mullin

Moderator

Leigh Leshner, Esq., Law Office of Leigh Leshner


PANEL III

The Year In Entertainment Litigation With Stars Of The Bar

The much anticipated review of the important decisions and trends in the past year by the top lawyers from top firms.

Panelists

David Halberstadter, Partner and Deputy General Counsel, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Yakub Hazzard, Vice President, Legal, NBCUniversal

Francis Alexander Malofiy, Francis Alexander LLC

Moderator

Jay Spillane, Spillane Trial Group PLC


When: Wednesday, January 11, 2017, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm (Program at 6:00pm)
Where: The Montage Hotel (Directions, Hotel Valet Parking or Self-Parking at 241 No. Canon Drive)

$0 – Members of The Order of Distinguished Attorneys
$160 – BHBA Members who pay in advance*
$360 – Non-BHBA Members who pay in advance*

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

Section Chair: Alexander Rufus-Isaacs, Esq. Section Vice Chair: Pierre Pine, Esq.
Program Chairs: Neville L. Johnson, Esq.,Leigh Leshner, Esq., Jay Spillane, 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 3 Hours with One Hour 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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12/7 — The Pros and Cons of Talent Agency Packaging

In the world of television, the talent agency that “packages” a TV show gets paid a “packaging fee” out of both the production budget and the backend. Said fee is in lieu of commissions. Packaging fees have become the norm, with either an individual agency taking an entire package fee or multiple agencies splitting a package fee. How did packaging fees come into being? What does the agency do above and beyond the client’s representation to earn the packaging fee? Have packaging fees replaced the 10% commission? How do packaging fees impact your clients? Do packaging fees create a conflict of interest between the agency and its clients? Or, is the packaging fee a win-win for all involved? Our experienced panel of experts will discuss the pros and cons of talent agency packaging fees.

Panelists:
Gavin Polone (Producer)
Mark Itkin (Board Member WME)
Charles Lenhoff (Partner, Lenhoff & Lenhoff)
Gary Gradinger (Former Head of Television Business Affairs, UTA)

Moderator:
Matthew Belloni, Editor, THR ESQ


When: Wednesday, December 7, 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: Alexander Rufus-Isaacs, Esq. & Pierre B. Pine, Esq.
Program Co-Chairs: Dinah Perez, Esq. & Larry Verbit, 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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11/16 — The Wide, Wide World of Sports Law

This program will cover a broad range of Sports Law related topics of interest to both sports law professionals and those just seeking a general understanding of recent sports law issues, including, but not limited to, the current status and effect of the O’Bannon v. NCAA case, and related right of likeness and publicity issues. Other topics will include a look at the hurdles and issues involved in recruiting and signing professional athlete clients, from both an agent and athlete’s perspective, and current issues between unions and management in professional sports and the recent movement to unionize in collegiate sports, as well as the complexities of branding and marketing athletes, and how professional athletes can establish, protect, and promote their own brand, both during and after their professional playing careers.

Speakers:

David Meltzer, CEO of Sports 1 Marketing

Fred Fenster, Partner at Greenberg Glusker

W. Jerome Stanley – President/CEO of SAFE Sports Management

Keyshawn Johnson – Former NFL and USC Wide Receiver,
No. 1 Overall Draft Pick (1996), and Super Bowl Champion (XXXVII)

Moderator: Glen Rothstein, Partner at Greenberg Glusker


When: Wednesday, November 16, 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: Alexander Rufus-Isaacs, Esq. & Pierre B. Pine, Esq.
Program Chairs: Pierre B. Pine, Esq. & Glen Rothstein, 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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10/19 – Beyond T-shirts, Action Figures & Happy Meals: Entertainment Licensing 40 Years After Star Wars

From A Legal And Business Perspective, A Look At Key Factors Affecting Entertainment Licensing

It has been almost 40 years since the debut of Star Wars, the release of which is generally acknowledged the nascent event that marked the start of a new licensing era. At that time total retail sales of licensed products was pegged at $4.9 billion; the newly released international licensing association LIMA Survey estimates that the current worldwide retail sales of licensed products is $251 billion. Media, specifically film and television, have been greatly responsible for growing entertainment licensing far beyond the realm of T-shirts, action figures and QSR happy meal trinkets.

Over these past 40 years the marketplace has witnessed prodigious changes. The consolidation of retail ownership, the increased consumer appetite for brands, a growth of consumer electronic technology and the significant changes to the use and distribution of media have all affected the licensing business. Focusing on the category of entertainment licensing our panel of licensing professionals will discuss the effects of these changes on traditional licensing industry business practices.

Speakers:

Mark Caplan, Vice President Licensing, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Andrew Koski, Partner, Miller, Kaplan, Arase & Co.
Gary Krakower, Vice President Licensing, WME – IMG
Ken Markman, Managing Partner & CEO, KKM Global Brand Strategies
Nicole Ross, Senior Counsel, Business & Legal Affairs, Universal Pictures Licensing

Moderator:

Danny Simon, President, The Licensing Group Ltd


When: Wednesday, October 19, 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: Alexander Rufus-Isaacs, Esq. & Pierre B. Pine, Esq.
Program Chair: Danny Simon


* 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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9/28 – Pitfalls and Opportunities: What to Expect When Entertainment Industry Celebrities and Distributors File Bankruptcy

The program will address (a) unique bankruptcy issues related to entertainment law, and (b) what attorneys should be aware of when dealing with entertainment related bankruptcies.

Panelists:

Brian L. Davidoff, Esq., Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger, LLP
Marc A. Lieberman, Esq., Fredman Lieberman Pearl, LLP


When: Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 12:00 pm to 1:30 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


Ovsanna Takvoryan, Esq. – Bankruptcy Section Chair
Alan W. Forsley, Esq. – Bankruptcy Section Program Chair
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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