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 Filmmaking- Reality TV Legal Practice [Legal/Film/CLE 1.0 cr. hrs]

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


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 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, 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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Scott Keniley, Esq.

Senior Partner

Scott Keniley, during his 23 year legal career, has served as General Counsel to a ...
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Allen E. Frederic III, Esq.
Allen is a co-executive producer on Lee Daniels’ film, The Butler, which was ...
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Darryl Cohen, Esq.
Former Chairman of the Daytime Emmy Awards organization, the National Academy of ...
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Todd Brabec, Esq.

Author, Educator

Todd Brabec, Esq., former Executive Vice President and Worldwide Director of Membership ...
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Jeff Brabec, Esq.

V.P. Business Affairs

JEFFREY BRABEC is Vice President of Business Affairs for BMG Chrysalis (representing the ...
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Brian D. Caplan, Esq.


Brian D. Caplan has more than 30 years’ experience litigating a broad range of ...
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