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?

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.

02:00 PM – 3:00 PM Patents, Trademark, Copyright and Business Issues in making a deal for New Technology Entrepreneurs. [Legal/CLE 1.0 cr. hr]

Videogames, apps and software developers – who are the parties, User-Generated Content ownership concerns and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

03:15 PM – 4:15 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.

04:30 PM – 5:45 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.

Speaker Lineup
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Buddy Patrick

Buddy Patrick
Buddy Patrick is the Founder and President of Windy Hill Pictures.  A New Orleans native, ...
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Michelle Lamont
Michelle Lamont, president of Lamont PR & Creative, is an effective public relations ...
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linda septien

Linda Septien
Linda Septien is a music artist development professional with 25+ years of experience, ...
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Olga Olga

Olga Wilhelmine Munding
It would be hard to sum up Olga in one word or as one particular professional pursuit. She ...
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