22nd Annual Cutting Edge CE Conference
New Orleans – August 21 – 23, 2014 – InterContinental Hotel & the Historic Carver Theater

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 - 10:20 AM Professionalism – Conflict of Interest [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?

Vernon P Thomas, Esq., New Orleans, LA
Judith Defraites, Esq., New Orleans, LA
David Dalia, Esq., New Orleans, LA
10:40 AM - 12:10 PM Representing Producers: The Art of the Deal [Legal/CLE 1.5 cr. hrs]

Transactional issues in representing producers from the viewpoint of the producers, the agent, and the lawyer.
Operation Agreements
Talent/Property Attachments
Shopping Deals

Edgar Dino Gankendoff, Esq., Provosty & Gankendoff, LLC, New Orleans
Marc Stollman, Esq., Stollman Law, Boca Raton, FL
Tom Leavens, Esq., Leavens, Strand, Glover & Adler, LLC, Chicago, IL
Scott Keniley, Esq., Keniley Kumar, Atlanta, GA
01:30 PM - 2:30 PM Future Business Dealing: Conflicts, Money, and Ethics [Legal/CLE 1.0 cr. hrs]

Lawyers are often in the position of representing more than one related party to a deal.  How attorneys address these conflicts can make the difference between an actionable conflict and an ethically represented deal.

Vernon Thomas, Esq. New Orleans, LA
Linda Mensch, Esq. Of Counsel Bryan Cave, Chicago, IL
David Dalia, Esq., New Orleans, LA
Tim Mackie, CLU, ChFC, Executive Vice President, AXA Advisors, LLC;
02:40 PM - 3:50 PM Damage Control: Representing Athletes and Celebrities in the in the Media, and the Courtroom [Legal/CLE 1 cr. hr]

The discussion will center on the analysis of the legal issues representing athletes and entertainer in contract negotiation and when there is crisis and representation is needed with media and in the court room. The panel will also cover changes in legal and business issues under various collective bargaining agreements.

Darryl Cohen, Esq., Cohen Cooper Estep & Allen, Atlanta, GA
Sabrina Ment, Esq., LaPolt Law, Los Angeles, CA
Hunter Scott, LaFamos PR and Branding, Los Angeles, CA
Terrel Broussard, Esq., Mongomery Barnett, LLP, New Orleans, LA
03:50 PM – 5:00 PM Sports Law Updates [Legal/CLE 1.16 cr. hrs]

A look at how both sides establish their strategies.

Martin Fischman, Esq., Sports Agent, Pro Sports, Inc, New Orleans, LA
Gabriel Feldman, Esq., Associate Professor, Tulane Law School, New Orleans
Kimberly Haynes, Esq. Haynes Johnson, Atlanta, GA
Speaker Lineup
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Tim Mackie
Tim Mackie was a young man when he got into the financial management industry. Now ...
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Andrew West

Andrew West
Andrew West is a nationally acclaimed Technology Professional, author and U.S. Top 100 ...
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Joel C. High
Joel C. High is a music supervisor and producer who has worked on over 100 films and ...
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Kathy Hirsch
KATHY HIRSCH, Director of Photo and Broadcast Production at Peter A Mayer Advertising in ...
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