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.

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 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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CANCELLED: 11/20 – An Evening with Judge Kozinski

Judge Alex Kozinski is one of our best known and respected appellate judges. He clerked for Chief Justice Warren Burger on the U.S Supreme Court, and was appointed to the Ninth Circuit in 1985, serving as its chief judge from 2007-2014. His opinions have had significant impact on many issues, including those of great interest to our section, such as the First Amendment and copyright. He will be interviewed by Ted Boutrous on these and other topics. ELS members are invited to submit questions for Judge Kozinski in advance to aisaacs@rufuslaw.com.

 

Speakers:

Honorable Alex Kozinski
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal

Theodore J. Boutrous, Jr.
Global Co-Chair of Litigation, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP


When: Monday, November 20, 2017
Registration/Cocktails: 6:30 p.m. | Dinner & Program: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Where: DOMA (Directions, Valet Parking – $10.00)

$0 – Members of todaplus & The Order of Distinguished Attorneys
$105 – BHBA Members who pay in advance*
$305 – Non-BHBA Members who pay in advance*
Interested in Membership? Try it Free, No Commitment, for 30 days


Entertainment Law Section Senior Chair: Pierre B. Pine, Esq.
Vice Chair: David Albert Pierce
Program Chair: Alexander Rufus-Isaacs, 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 One 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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9/27 – Show Me The Money Equity: The Evolving Landscape of Endorsement and Sponsorship Deals

The age of the simple celebrity-brand endorsement relationship is long gone. Digital technology, social media and the rapid proliferation of new content platforms means that athletes/talent are no longer players who make traditional endorsement deals. Athletes/talent – and not just superstar celebs and marquis players – are now their own brands, with their own products, platforms, and investments. This shift makes athletes and talent increasingly attractive partners for brands and investors, among others. The star-power of athlete/talent equity-based endorsement and sponsorship deals can be a tremendous advantage to both established brands and startups across many industries.

Join our panel of industry lawyers and experts and learn about the legal and business issues involved in development of these new types of endorsement deals.

Some of the topics we’ll discuss include: * The athlete/talent as brand, media mogul and digital media outlet, and the impact on teams and leagues of the development of the athlete/talent brand across multiple channels. * Intellectual property issues in branding. * New forms of legal relationships resulting from the growth of new platforms, opportunities and relationships beyond the traditional endorsement deal. * Finding the right brands/partnerships for the athlete/talent. * Structuring equity-based endorsements to benefit the athlete/talent, as well as venture capital, private equity and startups. * Legal issues in deal making, including deal and negotiation points in different kinds of deals.


Speakers:

Arash Khalili
Co-Chair, Capital Markets and Corporate; Co-Chair, Sports, Loeb & Loeb LLP

Douglas N. Masters
Co-Chair, Intellectual Property Protection, Loeb & Loeb LLP

Steven M. Olenick
Partner, Loeb & Loeb LLP

Gary Krakower
VP of Licensing, WME/IMG.


When: Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 12:00 p.m. | Program: 12:30 p.m. – 2 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 Chairs: Alexander Rufus-Isaacs, Esq. & Pierre B. Pine, Esq.
Program Chair: Judith Dornstein, 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 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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8/16 – Features and TV 9.0: Developments and Trends for Entertainment and Media Lawyers, Ninth Edition

A Presentation by
Ken Ziffren, 
 ZIFFREN BRITTENHAM LLP 

Ken Ziffren makes his ninth 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 16, 2017, 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 Chairs: Alexander Rufus-Isaacs, Esq. & Pierre B. Pine, Esq.
Program Chair: Susan Rabin, 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 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 – Joint Summer Mixer

BHBA Barristers and Entertainment Section Joint Mixer

7/12 – The Business and Legal Reality of Virtual Reality

The program will provide an overview of the business and legal issues that apply to virtual reality and augmented reality. Business issues covered will include content creation and location based VR. Legal issues covered will include copyright, trademark, and right of publicity.

Speakers:

  • Schuyler Moore, Partner, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan
  • Larry Kasanoff, CEO Threshold Animation Studios
  • Steve Tsoneff, Head of Business and Legal Affairs, Madison Wells Media
  • Andrew Darrow, Chief Strategy and Business Development Officer, The Void

 

When: Wednesday, July 12, 2017, 12:00 pm to 1:30 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: Alexander Rufus-Isaacs, 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 One 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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6/21 – Look What They’ve Done to My Song: 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 2016 including the controversial “Capitol v. Vimeo” and “EMI v. MP3Tunes”, “Spirit v. Led Zeppelin”, and the “Flo & Eddie” class action cases regarding the protections afforded to pre-1972 sound recordings. In addition, the panelists will discuss the current Justice Department’s interpretation of the antitrust consent decree and the future of streaming royalties.

Panelists:

Peter J. Anderson
Law Offices of Peter J. Anderson, A P.C., litigator, Spirit v. Led Zeppelin

Jacqueline C. Charlesworth
Covington & Burling LLP, Former General Counsel of U.S. Copyright Office

Russell J. Frackman
Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp, litigator, Capitol v. Vimeo & will discuss EMI v. MP3Tunes

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

Moderator:

Steven M. Marks
Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), Chief Digital Business & General Counsel

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:
Dinah Perez, Esq. – Law Office of Dinah Perez and Pierre B. Pine, Esq. – McPherson Rane


* 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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