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).
EVP, Television Business & Legal Affairs, MGM Studios
Former U.S. Magistrate Judge, IP partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Law Professor, Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Production Attorney, Unscripted Television, MGM Studios (moderator)
$25 – BHBA Members who pay in advance*
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
* 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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