26th Annual Cutting Edge CE Conference and Events
New Orleans – August 22 - 25, 2018, 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 at the Historic Carver Theater.

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09:00 AM – 10:00 AM Professionalism – Playing Well With Others [Legal/ CLE 1.0 cr. hr.]

Popular culture has created an image of Lawyers as not having high ethical standards. What are the rules of Professionalism? What are courts saying about being an advocate, personal attacks and client services?

[Legal/ CLE 1.0 cr. hr.]

Speakers:

Judith DeFraites, Esq., New Orleans, LA (Moderator)

David Dalia, Esq., New Orleans, LA

10:15 AM – 11:15 AM Crafting and Negotiating Complex Music Licensing Agreements [Legal/CLE 1.00 cr. hrs.]

Staying on top of the ever-increasing important deal points, technology advancement and new market opportunities require a broad knowledge of the licensing. Reviewed: Licensing Agreements updates to legislation and negotiating tactics. [Legal/CLE 1.00 cr. hrs.]

Speakers:

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

John F. Bradley, Esq., Fort Lauderdale, FL (Moderator)

Daryl D. Jones, Esq., Law Offices of Daryl D. Jones, P. C., Chicago, IL

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

 

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Festival and Event Management Agreements Review [Legal/CLE 1.0 cr. hr.]

Covering elements of booking and venue agreements: Force majeure clause, the scope of service, cancellation, payment schedule and other important clauses found in agreements promoters and event management contracts

[Legal/CLE 1.0 cr. hr.]

Speakers:

Tom Leavens, Esq., Leavens, Strand & Glover, LLC, Chicago, IL (Moderator)

Matthew Wilson, Esq., Arnall, Golden Gregory LLP; Greater Thinking Music Group, Atlanta, GA

Frank Nicotera, Esq., CAO & General Counsel, Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. (“Summerfest”)

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

 

01:30 PM – 2:30 PM Crowdfunding, and raising money for film and music projects [Legal/CLE 1.0 cr. hr.]

This panel will review and discuss the differences in project crowdfunding and equity crowdfunding. The panel will also address the new Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rules allowing the sale of equity to investors through Internet crowdfunding platforms, as well as the available equity sale platforms.

[Legal/CLE 1.0 cr. hr.]

Speakers:

Gregg Zegarelli, Esq., Zegarelli Technology & Entrepreneurial Ventures Law Group, PC, Pittsburgh, PA (Moderator)

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

02:45 PM – 3:45 PM Images! Images! Images! Rights to Publicity for Athletes, Celebrities and the Famous [Legal/CLE 1.0 cr. hr.]

What are the current laws – First Amendment rights versus wrongful exploitation?

[Legal/CLE 1.0 cr. hr.]

Speakers:

Suzette Toledano, Esq., Toledano Entertainment & Arts Law, New Orleans, LA (Moderator)

Bradley Mullins, Esq., Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp, LLP, Los Angeles, CA

Martin Fischman, Esq., NFLPA Contract Advisor, New Orleans

04:00 PM – 5:15 PM Trademark: Maintaining Brand Protection [Legal/CLE 1.25 cr. hrs.]

Your brand is crucial. Maintaining trademark protections in the face of increasing consumer transactions presents a challenge for new technology enterprises and their legal teams. This panel will cover trademarks, piracy, combating counterfeit goods and strategies for proper licensing and derivatives products.

[Legal/CLE 1.25 cr. hrs.]

Speakers:

Gregg Zegarelli, Esq., Zegarelli Technology & Entrepreneurial Ventures Law Group, PC, Pittsburgh, PA (Moderator)

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

Suzette Toledano, Esq., Toledano Entertainment & Arts Law, New Orleans, LA

Scott Keniley, Esq., Keniley Kumar, LLC, Atlanta, GA (Moderator)

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Jim McCormick
Jim McCormick is a staff songwriter at BMG Music in Nashville. McCormick has earned two #1 ...
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Jedd Katrancha
Jedd Katrancha currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Creative at Downtown Music ...
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Paul K Saunders
I’ve been involved in the business of music marketing for more than 36 years. I have ...
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Rich Goldman, President, Riptide Music Group
Rich Goldman is President of RipTide Music Group, a leading music synchronization, ...
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JASON FEEHAN, J.D., PMP
Jason is a musician, lawyer, as well as a creative, transformational business director. He ...
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RANDY CHERTKOW, M.S.
Randy is a musician as well as an accomplished enterprise-class IT professional with ...
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