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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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.

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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 (.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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