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27th Annual Cutting Edge CE Conferences and Events
New Orleans – August 21 - 24, 2019, InterContinental Hotel

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 return to the streets of Downtown New Orleans' Central Business District.

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09:00 AM – 10:00 AM Professionalism – The Ornery Adversary [Legal/ CLE 1.0 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 delays matters? How do you get the most out of your negotiation? How do you save a deal from going south?

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10:15 AM – 12:15 PM Legal and Business Considerations when Advising Clients Creating and Operating Music Labels. Part I and II . [Legal/Business CLE 2.0 cr. hr.]

Part I: Covering the legal considerations in record label management and creation.

Part II: A review of label-artist, label-producer, and label distributor agreements

 Entrepreneurs and musicians are among those seeking success by signing artists or self-releasing music. This panel will cover legal issues that arise when organizing and operating an independent record label, including, the organization’s structure, income streams, and standard agreements. The panel will explore third-party organizations potential roles that can help with independent label success.

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01:30 PM – 2:30 PM Legal Practice Management: Do’s and Don’s of Building a Successful Entertainment Law Practice [Legal/ CLE 1.0 cr. hr.]

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. Additionally, it will 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.

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02:45 PM – 3:45 PM Damage Control: 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 entertainer involved in contract negotiations when there is a crisis and representation is needed with the media and the courtroom. The panel will also cover changes in legal business issues under various collective bargaining agreements

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04:00 PM – 5:15 PM Trademark: Branding – Considerations in Gaming and Cannibiz [Legal/ CLE 1.25 cr. hr.]

This panel will cover trademarks, piracy, combating counterfeit goods and strategies for proper licensing and derivatives products.

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Michèle Vice-Maslin, Emmy Award Winning / #1 Hit Music Producer / Music Arranger/ Songwriter/ Music Publisher/
MI C H È L E V I C E – MA S L I N SWETERSONGS/MOB FORCE PRODUCTIONS Emmy Award ...
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Vernon Wesley Thomas, Esq.
Vernon “Wesley” Thomas is a licensed attorney whose primary practice areas include ...
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Barry Coffing, Producer, Owner, Music Supervisor Inc.
Barry Coffing is a Music Business Entrepreneur who has been involved in almost every facet ...
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Christophe B. Szapary, Esq., Partner, Provosty & Gankendorff, L.L.C.
Christophe B. Szapary, born Bethesda, Maryland, 1969; admitted to the bar, 1998, ...
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Scott Keniley, Esq.

Senior Partner

Scott Keniley, during his 27 years legal career, has served as General Counsel to a ...
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Richard D. French, Chairman & CEO, French/West/Vaughan
Rick French is chairman & chief executive officer of French/West/Vaughan (FWV), a ...
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