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 delay matters? How do you get the most out of your negotiation? How do you salvage a deal from going south?

Speakers:

Judith DeFraites, Esq., New Orleans, LA

David Dalia, Esq., New Orleans, LA

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 assist attorneys and music executives protect their clients and companies in a music world of visual media (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

Speakers:

Wallace Collins, Esq., New York, NY

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

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

John F. Bradley, Esq., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Tom Leavens, Esq., Leavens, Strand & Glover, LLC, Chicago, IL

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.

Mentors:

David Dalia, Esq.

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.

Speakers:

Suzette Toledano, Esq., New Orleans, LA                                                            

Scott Keniley, Esq., Keniley Kumar, LLC, Atlanta, GA

Rhodes Spedale, Esq. New Orleans

Judith DeFraites, Esq., New Orleans, LA

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 courtroom. The panel will also cover changes in legal business issues under various collective bargaining agreements.      

Speakers:

Darryl Cohen, Esq. Cohen, Cooper Estep & Allen, Atlanta, GA

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

Brian Caplan, Esq., Reitler Kailas & Rosenblatt, New York, NY

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

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.

Speakers:

Brian Caplan, Esq., Reitler Kailas & Rosenblatt, New York, NY

Scott Keniley, Esq., Keniley Kumar, Atlanta, GA

Wallace Collins, Esq., New York, NY

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Louis David, Vice President, Business Development & Strategy, New Orleans Business Alliance
Vice President, Business Development & Strategy Greater New Orleans Area – Lead ...
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Jared Zeller, Producer, Bayou Boogaloo Festival
Jared Zeller has split most of his professional career between the arts and industrial ...
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Kevin George, Musician, Educator, Film Score Composer
Kevin George is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana and the recipient of a Bachelor of Arts ...
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Rob Tovar
Rob Tovar is the Director of Operations at 2112, and Director at Fort Knox Studios’ The ...
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Jimmy Anselmo, Legendary music club owner
Legendary music club owner Jimmy Anselmo founded “Jimmy’s” in 1978. He stared his ...
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Amin Simms, SXSW, Director of Registration & Credentials
Amin Simms, hails from the live music capital, Austin, TX and brings nearly three decades ...
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