25th Annual Cutting Edge CE Conference and Events
New Orleans – August 23 - 26, 2017

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. hrs.]

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


12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Legal Mentorship [Legal/Film/CLE 1.0 cr. hrs]

Law students, pre-law college students, new to the practice of law or just have an entertainment law legal question. Find a mentor at this session.


01:30 PM – 2:30 PM Legal Practice Management: Building a Successful Independent Entertainment – Intellectual Property Legal Practice [Legal/Film/CLE 1.0 cr. hrs]

New Orleans has become a hub for music, film and TV industries, but what does that mean for an attorney and their independent music and filmmaking clients. This panel will walk you through the process of maintaining communication with clients, client funds management, making sure the filmmaker/client engagement letters are correct. Review user generated content rights and procedures with filmmaker clients. Establishing a disbursement system for staff fees payment. Review intellectual property agreements, tax credit financing incentives and distribution.


02:45 PM – 3:45 PM Dealing with High profile Talent. What happens when an artist, athlete or celebrity has a run in with the law [Legal/CLE 1.0 cr. hr]

The discussion will center on the analysis of the legal issues related to representing athletes and entertainers 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.      


04:00 PM – 5:15 PM Band Partnerships: The Honeymoon and The Divorce [Legal/CLE 1.5 cr. hr.]

A review of written partnership agreements and their importance, co-authorship issues, record deals, publishing deals, touring and merchandising. An analysis of litigation issues when the party is over.

Speaker Lineup
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Michael Paoletta, Executive Producer, A&R + Supervision/Licensing, Comma Music
Michael Paoletta is Executive Producer, A&R + Supervision/Licensing, of Comma Music. ...
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Sabrina Ment, Esq.
Sabrina Ment is an attorney at LaPolt Law, P.C. with over nine years of experience as an ...
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Edgar “Dino” Gankendoff, Esq.
Co-Managing Partner Edgar D. Gankendorff, born Lafayette, Louisiana, 1965; admitted to ...
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Elizabeth Townsend Gard, Esq
Jill. H and Avram A. Glazer Professor in Social Entrepreneurship Co-Director, Tulane ...
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Nicholas C. Ferrara, Esq.
Since his undergraduate days at New York University in the early 1980’s, Nicholas ...
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Scott Billington, Vice President, A&R, Rounder Records
With over 100 albums to his credit, among them two Grammy winners, ten Grammy nominees, ...
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