4/12 – IP on TV: Intellectual Property Issues in Television Production

In the process of bringing media content to the public, scripted and unscripted television production raises numerous intellectual property issues that every lawyer practicing in this space must confront. Join us for a dynamic discussion of these matters, including licensing, image and likeness releases, and trademark & brand integration within shows. Hear from the studio side to learn which provisions are generally non-negotiable in agreements to secure the IP and why, as well as common work arounds for other terms.  On the talent and content-owner side, learn how to protect the IP and client’s interests in the process of granting rights to a television production.  We will also discuss litigation in this area, such as lawsuits alleging copyright infringement (i.e. Counts v. Meriwether, Survivor Productions LLC v. Fox Broadcasting Co.) claims brought by reality television participants (Higgins v. Superior Court of L.A.), as well as lawsuits to protect the intellectual property of the television show itself (CBS Broadcasting Inc. v. Tannen).

Speakers:

Amanda Harrel
EVP, Television Business & Legal Affairs, MGM Studios

Charles Everingham
Former U.S. Magistrate Judge, IP partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Kevin Greene
Law Professor, Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Vera Golosker
Production Attorney, Unscripted Television, MGM Studios (moderator)


When: Thursday, April 12, 2018, 12:00 p.m. | Program: 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Beverly Hills Bar Association (Directions, Parking at 241 No. Canon Drive)
$0 – Members of todaplus & 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

Vera Golosker, Esq. – IP, Internet & New Media Section Vice Chair and Program Chair
S. Martin Keleti, Esq. – IP, Internet & New Media Section Chair
Pierre Pine – Entertainment Section Chair

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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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3/21 – Turn Up the Music: The Annual Music Copyright and Litigation Panel

The Beverly Hills Bar Association is presenting a music panel discussion on copyright law and the landmark cases decided in 2018 including the controversial “We Shall Overcome Foundation v. The Richmond and Ludlow Music, Inc.”, “United States of America v. Broadcast Music, Inc.”, “William L. Roberts, II, A.K.A. Rick Ross, et. al., Plaintiffs – Appellants, v. Stefan Kendal Gordy, et. al.”, and the “Flo & Eddie” class action cases regarding the protections afforded to pre-1972 sound recordings.

Speakers:

Vince Chieffo
Greenberg Traurig, shareholder/litigator, William L. Roberts, II, a.k.a. Rick Ross, et. al., Plaintiffs – Appellants, v. Stefan Kendal Gordy, et. al.

Atara Miller
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, partner/litigator, United States of America v. Broadcast Music, Inc.

Mark Rifkin
Wolf Haldenstein, partner/litigator, We Shall Overcome Foundation v. The Richmond
and Ludlow Music, Inc.

Henry Gradstein
Gradstein & Marzano, litigator, Flo & Eddie, Inc. v. Sirius XM Radio, Inc.

Moderator: Dan Butler
Senior Vice President, Business Affairs & Legal – Music, Paramount Pictures


When: Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 12:00 p.m. | Program: 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Lawry’s the Prime Rib (Directions, Free Underground Parking)

$0 – Members of todaplus & 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 Chair: Pierre B. Pine, Esq.
Entertainment Law Section Vice Chair: David Albert Pierce, Esq.
Program Co-Chairs -Dinah Perez, Esq. & Pierre B. Pine, 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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3/28 – Entertainment Guilds: The Complete Nuts & Bolts

This program will provide a complete overview of all the various Entertainment Guilds and Unions. The history and law governing SAG-AFTRA, WGA, and DGA, as well as an overview of their basic agreements will be thoroughly explored and discussed. This program will appeal to young attorneys as well as long time practitioners looking to expand their knowledge base regarding the complexities of dealing with the entertainment guilds and unions, and their various contracts and agreements.

Speaker:

Daniel G. Stone
Partner in the Entertainment & Media Group of Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP

When: Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 12:00 p.m. | Program: 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Where: Beverly Hills Bar Association (Directions, Parking at 241 No. Canon Drive)

$0 -Members of todaplus & 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


Entertainment Law Section & Program Chair: Pierre B. Pine, Esq.
Entertainment Law Section Vice Chair: David Albert Pierce, Esq.
Labor & Employment Chair: Elisabeth Frater, 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 One Hour 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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2/21 – The Annual Film Finance Panel: An Update On Developments Affecting Equity & Other Film Financing Mechanisms

In 2018, Netflix remains “the big game changer.”  This program will include, among others, a representative of Netflix, who will discuss how Netflix deals work, and when they can and cannot be part of a traditional “pre-sales” funding campaign.  Meanwhile, established financing sources such as Weinstein Company, Ratpac-Dune and Relativity have fallen from grace.  In January, CAA was named as a defendant in a $55 Million case brought by Worldview Entertainment alleging predatory and fraudulent business practices by the agency it allegedly sought to rely on for investment advice.  Meanwhile, films under $7 Million seek to avoid the expense of a completion bond while still attempting to hedge their bets through the use of “Executives In Charge of Production,” which serves as an extra set of eyes watching over the line budget.  These issues, and others, will be examined from the standpoint of what’s new in the realm of film financing, and of course, new variations and hot topics concerning loans, tax credits, co-production opportunities and crowd sourcing will also be discussed.  Industry experts on all of these topics will speak and be available to answer your specific questions.
Speakers:
Elizabeth Polk
Senior Counsel Netflix Business Affairs
David Acosta
Sr. V.P. Entertainment Division of City National Bank

Bianca Goodloe
Managing Partner of Goodloe Law, film finance attorney

Mike Kolko
President Tax Incentive Division of Great Roads Capital

Moderated and Chaired by David Albert Pierce
BHBA Entertainment Law Section Vice Chair


When: Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 12:00 p.m. | Program: 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Where: Lawry’s the Prime Rib (Directions, Free Underground Parking)

$0 – Members of todaplus & 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 Chair: Pierre B. Pine, Esq.
Entertainment Law Section Vice Chair: David Albert Pierce, Esq.
Program Co-Chairs – David Albert Pierce, Esq., Pierre B. Pine, Esq. & Christine O’Connor, 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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2/15 – Virtual and Augmented Reality: The European Union Approach

Global virtual and augmented reality market size was valued at $960.9 million in 2016. It is expected to generate an $80 billion market by 2025, which is roughly the size of the desktop PC market today. VR technology will be incorporated in widespread application areas, such as entertainment, aerospace & defense, commercial, consumer electronics, industrial, and medical fields. Faced with the development of this new technology, legal answers significantly differ from one country to another. These “immersive technologies” demand legal answers. The speakers will present the EU legal approach of this new technology in areas like data protection, intellectual property, patent, trademark, and copyright law. No doubt that the U.S. will not offer the same legal solutions as the EU countries. However, in a global world, U.S. lawyers cannot disregard how the European civil law system is endeavoring to cope with these vastly expanding immersive technologies.
 
Speakers:
 
Patrick Boiron
Adjunct Professor at Southwestern Law School;
former Partner, Head of IP/IT department with DLA Piper LLP
 
Karine Riahi
Partner, co-founder of Spring-Legal Law firm
 
Julien Brunet
Attorney, Spring-Legal Law firm

When: Thursday, February 15, 2018, 12:00 p.m. | Program: 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Beverly Hills Bar Association (Directions, Parking at 241 No. Canon Drive)

$0 – Members of todaplus & 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


Entertainment Law Section Chair/Program Chair: Pierre B. Pine, Esq.
Entertainment Law Section Vice Chair: David Albert Pierce, Esq.
I.P. Section Chair: S. Martin Keleti, Esq.
I.P. Section Vice-Chair: Vera Golosker, 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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1/31 – Blockchain Basics: Distributed Ledger Technology Is Changing Everything

“The circulation of confidence is better than the circulation of money.”
– James Madison (June 20, 1788)

Emerging in 2008, Blockchain technology is disrupting global industries including banking and finance. But we in the legal world largely know (and misunderstand) it only by perception of its flagship application: Bitcoin.

Join us as we go beyond Bitcoin to the underlying decentralized technology eliminating middlemen in every industry. We’ll examine the origins and evolution of Blockchain cryptography technology and its current and future applications in securities, insurance, real estate holdings, business contracts, and voting – both corporate and governmental. In entertainment law, we’ll examine, among other things, Blockchain’s vast intellectual property implications, including its ability to give artists greatly increased leverage and enhance control over their creations.

No prior experience with Blockchain needed! Bring your current understanding (or lack thereof) as we examine Smart Contracts and Initial Coin Offerings and how we can prepare our practices for the next generation of the internet: distributed ledger technology!

Speakers:

William S. Wenzel – Principal, The Law Offices of William S. Wenzel, APC

Jeff Monahan – Principal, Law Office of Jeff Monahan

Scott T. Brisbin, Esq. – General Counsel, Vechain


When: Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 6:00 p.m. | Program: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m
Where: Beverly Hills Bar Association (Directions, Parking at 241 No. Canon Drive)

$0 – Members of todaplus & 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


Program Chair: William S. Wenzel, Esq. & Alexander Rufus-Isaacs, Esq.
Entertainment Law Section Senior Chair: Pierre B. Pine, Esq.
Vice Chair: David Albert Pierce, 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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1/11/2018 – 2017 Entertainment Year in Review

**For more information, to register, or to learn more about 30-day free trial memberships to the BHBA, call (310) 601-BHBA (2422) 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 2017 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:

Transactional Entertainment Panel –
“New Developments In New Media and The Guilds”

As New Media Productions have evolved so have the SAG/AFTRA, DGA, WGA and IATSE rules effecting productions. Don’t miss your chance to hear the latest Guild developments and how producers, production companies and Networks have had to incorporate these changes into their productions.

Speakers:

Alan Brunswick
Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Rozanna Tesler Fried
Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs at Fullscreen, Inc.

Marc L. Sandman
Sr. V.P. Labor Relations, Disney/ABC Television Group

Moderator & Program Chair: Leigh Leshner, Law Office of Leigh Leshner


PANEL II:

Entertainment Ethics Panel –
“The Ethics Factor”

Find out what you need to know about ethics to avoid State Bar investigation and complaints, and what to do if it happens as well as the latest developments in creating fee agreements, malpractice claims and defenses, with the emphasis on entertainment transactions and litigation, and especially avoiding conflicts of interest.

Speakers:

Ellen A. Pansky
Partner, Pansky Markle Ham LLP, the “go to” attorney for State Bar defense matters

Owen J. Sloane
Partner, Eisner Jaffe, APC, top entertainment transactional attorney

Moderator & Program Chair: Neville Johnson, Partner, Johnson & Johnson LLP


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.

Jeffrey I. Abrams
Managing Partner, Harder Mirell & Abrams LLP

Douglas L. Johnson
Partner, Johnson & Johnson, LLP

Aaron J. Moss
Partner, Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP

Moderator: Sunny Brenner, Partner, Loeb & Loeb LLP


Program Chairs: Alexander Rufus-Isaacs, Matthew Blackett, Katrina Novak
Entertainment Law Section Chair: Pierre B. Pine, Esq.
Vice Chair: David Albert Pierce, Esq.


Thursday, January 11, 2018
5:00 p.m. – Registration | 5:30 p.m. – Dinner
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Program

The Montage Hotel
225 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills 90210
(Directions, Hotel Valet Parking or Self-Parking at 241 No. Canon Drive)

$0 – Members of todaplus & 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

 

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 3 Hours of Participatory Credit with 1 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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