23nd Annual Cutting Edge CE Conference
New Orleans – August 27 – 29, 2015 – Downtown Marriott at the Convention Center

Cutting Edge C.E. (formerly the Cutting Edge Music Business Conference) will again discuss “Hot Topics” and “Current Trends” in today’s entertainment business. Attend conference sessions on Entertainment Law, Music Business, Film financing and tax credits, Roots Music, and the NewWorks Showcases. Check out the NOLA Downtown Festival and Cruisin’ New Orleans Pro Gear Show at the Historic Carver Theater.



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09:00 AM – 10:00 AM Professionalism – The Ornery Adversary [Legal/CLE 1 cr. hr]

What do you do when the attorney on the other side is being unprofessional, or nasty, or simply impossible? What do you do when you have an adversary who stalls, doesn’t return calls, or simply delays matters? How do you get the most out of your negotiation? How do you save a deal from going south?

Speakers:Vernon P Thomas, Esq., New Orleans, LA

Judith DeFraites, Esq., New Orleans, LA

David Dalia, Esq., New Orleans, LA

10:15 AM – 12:00 PM “STOP! Don’t sign that contract” Pitfalls of Recording, Film and Management Agreements [Legal/CLE 1.75 cr. hr.]

A review of important negotiation techniques to help attorneys and music executives protect their clients and companies in a music world of visual medias (Film, TV, Advertising, Theatrical Trailers, Video Games, etc.). Covering essential clauses and transactional issues when considering Double Dipping/360 Deals/Revenue Sharing/Global Rights Deals/Double Distribution Fees.


Marc Stollman, Esq., Stollman Law, Boca Raton, FL

Sabrina Ment, Esq., LaPolt Law, Los Angeles, CA

Edgar “Dino” Gankendoff, Esq., Provosty & Gankendoff, LLC, NOLA

Scott Keniley, Esq., Keniley Kumar, LLC, Atlanta, GA

02:45 PM – 3:45 PM Damage Control: Representing Athletes and Celebrities in the Media, and the Courtroom [Legal/CLE1.0 cr. hr]

The discussion will center on the analysis of the legal issues representing athletes and entertainers in contract negotiation and when there is a crisis and representation is needed with the media and in the court room. The panel will also cover changes in legal business issues under various collective bargaining agreements.


Darryl Cohen, Esq. Cohen, Cooper Estep & Allen, Atlanta, GA

Michelle LaMont, LaMonte PR, Dallas, TX

Terrel Broussard, Esq., Mongomery Barnett, LLP, New Orleans, LA

Brian Caplan, Esq., Reitler Kailas & Rosenblatt, New Orleans, LA

Sabrina Ment, Esq., LaPolt Law

04:00 PM – 5:15 PM Music and Beer: Getting Booked! Reviewing Booking Agreements to Protect Clients Rights in Content generated from LIVE Performances [1.25 cr. hrs]

Panelists will review important points in booking agreements covering digital content generated (YouTube, live CDs, etc.) and discuss the uses of content generated from performing in nightclubs, festivals and concert venues, the rights of the venue, the artist, and the record.


Wallace Collins, Esq. NYNY

Christian Unruh, Esq. Miami, FL

John Bradley, Esq. Bradley Legal group, P. A., Fort Lauderdale, Fl

Linda Mensch, Esq., Of Counsel Bryan Cave, Chicago, IL

01:30 PM – 2:30 PM Ethics – Conflict of Interest [Legal/CLE 1 cr. hr]

Lawyers are often in the position of representing more than one related party to a deal. How attorneys address these conflicts can make the difference between an actionable conflict and an ethically represented deal.


Vernon Thomas, Esq., New Orleans, LA

Judy Defraites, Esq., New Orleans, LA

Stan Soocher, Esq., Editor-in-Chief of Entertainment Law & Finance

Honorable Nadine Ramsey, Esq., Councilmember District C, NOLA

08:00 AM – 5:00 PM Registration
Speaker Lineup
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Martin Atkins

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Emmanuel Legrand
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Jay Rosenthal
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Ralph Murphy
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