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New Trends and Hot Topics in Music, Film and Interactive Contracts

Including…

Publishing, Copyrights and Trademarks Update

Other visual medias (TV, Video games, Internet, Advertising, etc.) & International Rights

The Cutting Edge aims to present a concise examination of the legal paperwork a practicing attorney or entertainment executive will use in protecting or enforcing the rights of their clients or understanding their professional responsibility.

 

2015 CUTTING EDGE ENTERTAINMENT LAW SEMINAR

Making the Deal

Strategies, Tactics, and Winning Techniques

August 27, 28 & 29, 2015

Location: Marriott at the Convention Center, New Orleans

Changes in areas of Collective Bargaining, Publishing, Copyrights, Trademarks and new Transactional solutions in representing clients makes the Art of the Deal more complex, knowledge is important for making money in today’s music, film and sports industries. Experience is essential for making a deal.

 

Approved for 16 hours of Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) credits, including 1 hr of Ethics, 1 hr of Professionalism and 1 hr of Legal Practice by the Louisiana Supreme Court MCLE Committee.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

9:00 – 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? (1.0 cr. hr.)

Speakers:

Vernon P Thomas, Esq., New Orleans, LA

Judith DeFraites, Esq., New Orleans, LA

David Dalia, Esq., New Orleans, LA

 

 

10:15 – 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

Speakers:

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

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

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

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

 

 

12 Noon              Lunch

12:45 – 1:45 pm        Ask A Lawyer – Legal Mentorship [Legal/Business/CLE – credits applied] – Law student, new to the practice of law or just have an entertainment law legal question. Find a mentor at this session.

Mentors:

Suzette Toledano, Esq., Toledano Entertainment & Arts Law, NOLA

Jeffrey S Becker, Esq., Swanson Martin & Bel, LLP Chicago

 

 

1:30 – 2:30 pm       Ethics – Conflict of Interest [Legal/CLE 1 cr. hr]– 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.

Speakers:

Vernon Thomas, Esq., New Orleans, LA

Judy Defraites, Esq., New Orleans, LA

Honorable Nadine Ramsey, Esq., Councilmember District C, NOLA

 

2:45 – 3:45 pm      Damage Control: Representing Athletes and Celebrities in the Media, and the Courtroom [Legal/CLE 1.0 cr. hr] The discussion will center on the analysis of the legal issues representing athletes and entertainers in contract negotiation and 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.      

Speakers:

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

Michelle LaMont, LaMonte PR, Dallas, TX

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

Sabrina Ment, Esq., LaPolt Law

 

4:00 – 5:15 pm       Music and Beer: Getting Booked! Reviewing Booking Agreements to Protect Clients Rights in Content generated from LIVE Performances [Legal/CLE 1.5 cr. hr.] Panelists will review important points in booking agreements covering digital content generated (YouTube, live CDs, etc.) and discuss the uses of content generated from performing in nightclubs, festivals and concert venues, the rights of the venue, the artist, and the record.

Speakers:

Wallace Collins, Esq. NYNY

Christian Unruh, Esq. Miami, FL

John Bradley, Esq. Bradley Legal Group, Fort Lauderdale, Fl

Linda Mensch, Esq., Of Counsel Bryan Cave, Chicago, IL

 

5:30 pm                            Networking Event

 

Friday, August 28, 2015

9:00 – 10:15 am       First Amendment and Publicity/Privacy Issues in Entertainment Litigation [Legal/CLE 1.25 cr. hrs] – Free speech and right to petition are key protections in First Amendment. This panel will cover limits and rights issues express in SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuits Against Participation) claims and what are states doing to protect all parties’ rights.

Speakers:

David Fink, Esq., Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, Los Angel

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

Stan Soocher, Esq. Editor-in-Chief of Entertainment Law & Finance

Bradley Mullins, Esq., Mitchell Silberberg & Krupp, LLP, Los Angeles

 

10:30 – 12:00 pm       Music Licensing- New Deals, Negotiations and $ [Legal/CLE 1.25 cr. hrs]

Opportunities for music use are at an all time high both in the online/ digital world as well as in traditional media. But with these opportunities has come an increasing complexity in deal structure, negotiations and the end result fees and royalties. This panel will discuss many of these new deals, the strategies being employed, the considerations important to both user and copyright owner, the multiple platforms and distribution channels being requested and the money in initial fees and backend royalties being generated.

Speakers:

Todd Brabec, Esq., USC Thornton School of Law, Los Angeles, CA

Jeffery Brabec, Esq., Vice President, BMG Chrysalis, Los Angeles, CA

Henry Root, Esq., Lapidus Root Franklin & Sacharow, LLP, Santa Monica, CA

David Lessoff, Esq., Manatt Phelps & Phillips, LLP, Los Angeles, CA

 

 

 

12:00 pm

 

12:45 – 2:00 pm Cutting Edge Entertainment Law Seminar **Special Event** A Keynote Presentation

“The Politics of Copyright” – An interview of Jay Rosenthal by Emmanuel Legrand, followed by a discussion on Neighboring Rights: The growth engine of the music industry                     

The Interview:

“The Politics of Copyright” – An interview of Jay Rosenthal by Emmanuel Legrand.

“Music Copyright issues are dominating the IP agenda in Washington, D.C.  Political activism in Congress, the Copyright Office, the USPTO, the Justice Department, the FCC, and even the White House, are at a fever pitch – and music issues are at the heart of it all.  This interview with Jay Rosenthal, the former General Counsel at the National Music Publishers’ Association, will provide a roadmap to the issues, the parties, and the politics behind this unprecedented inside-the-beltway phenomenon.”

 

The Presentation:

“Neighboring rights: The growth engine of the music industry

The business of neighboring rights is the fastest growing segment in the music industry, benefiting performers and owners of sound recordings. Learn more about this $2bn global business with an exclusive presentation of a worldwide report on neighboring rights by Music Week US editor Emmanuel Legrand.

 

2:00 – 3:15 pm        Hot Issues in Copyrights, Trademarks, Patents and the Business Issues in Making a Deal for New Technology Entrepreneurs.        [Legal/CLE 1.25 cr. hr.] Copyright Reform, Termination Rights, possible Trademarks infringement in mobile technology, social media, 3-D printing and the America Invent Act effects on music producer, filmmakers, Videogames, apps and software developers – who are the parties, User-Generated Content ownership concerns and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

Speakers:

Jay Rosenthal, Esq., Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp, Washington, DC

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

Stephanie Adwar, Esq., Furgang Adwar, LLP NY NY

Linda Mensch, Esq., Of Counsel Bryan Cave, Chicago, IL

 

3:30 – 4:45 pm        A Film Deal in a Box Toolkit [Legal/Flim/CLE 1.75 cr. hrs] Filmmakers and Attorneys will draw from their experience and take the audience step by step on how a deal come together, acquisition of rights, option agreement, copyrights issues, the panel cover production, financing and distribution sources and agreements and problems that can change everything. Included in the discussion will be talent agreements and music rights.

Speakers:

Allen Fredric, Esq., Jones Walker, New Orleans, LA, Moderator

Buddy Patrick, Esq., President & Founder, Windy Hill Pictures, New Orleans, LA

David Fink, Esq., Kelly Drye, Los Angeles      

Kevin Mills, Esq., Kaye & Mills, Los Angeles, CA

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

 

 

4:45 – 5:30 pm       Keynote Interview [Legal/Film/CLE .75 cr. hrs]

Subject: Buddy Patrick, Esq., President & Founder, Windy Hill Pictures, New Orleans, LA

Interviewer: Allen Fredric, Esq., Jones Walker, New Orleans, LA

 

Saturday, August 29, 2015

9:00 – 10:15 am              Publishing Income Update [Legal/CLE 1.25 cr. hrs] – What and where are the new sources of income for publishers and how should attorneys advise their clients to avail themselves of these sources. Areas covered include new mechanical streaming, download and locker rates, apps, e-cards, advertising commercials, remixes and samples, interactive dolls and toys, slot machines, digital jukeboxes, live performances and much more.

Speakers:

Jay Rosenthal, Esq., Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp, Washington, DC

Jeffery Brabec, Esq., Vice President, BMG Chrysalis, Los Angeles, CA

Wallace Collins, Esq., NYNY

Sabrina Ment, Esq., LaPolt Law, Los Angeles

 

 

 

10:20 – 11:35 am The Performance Right- a World in Transition Songs and Sound Recordings- the cornerstone of the worldwide music business. [Legal/CLE 1.25 cr. hrs.] The Performance Right- responsible for a substantial portion of song and record royalties. This panel will discuss the 3 billion dollar world of ASCAP, BMI, SESAC and SoundExchange and how these organizations generate income for songwriters, recording artists, music publishers and record companies as well as how foreign country performance song and record royalties are handled and distributed. Challenges to these collection societies will also be discussed as well as alternative licensing strategies and the viability of new competing business models and entities.

Speakers:

Todd Brabec, Esq., USC Thornton School of Law, Los Angeles, CA

Jeffery Brabec, Esq., Vice President, BMG Chrysalis, Los Angeles, CA

Henry Root, Esq., Lapidus Root Franklin & Sacharow, LLP, Santa Monica, CA

 

11:45 – 12:45 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, the client funds management, making sure filmmaker/client engagement letter 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.

Speakers:

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

Kevin Mills, Esq., Kaye & Mills, Los Angeles, CA

Ellis Pailet, Esq., Pailet & Ostendoff LLP, New Orleans, LA

Christoper Szapary, Esq., Provosty & Gankendoff, LLC, NOLA

 

 

1:00 – 1:45 pm – Keynote Speaker [Legal/Business/CLE .75 cr. hrs] – Linda Septien, Septien Entertainment Group

 

 

 

August 29, 2015
08:00 – 5:00 pm Registration [Saturday]
09:00 AM – 10:15 AM Publishing Income Update [Legal/CLE 1.25 cr. hr]

What and where are the new sources of income for publishers and how should attorneys advise their clients to avail themselves of these sources. Areas covered include new mechanical streaming, download and locker rates, apps, e-cards, advertising commercials, remixes and samples, interactive dolls and toys, slot machines, digital jukeboxes, live performances and much more.

Speakers:

Jay Rosenthal, Esq., Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp, Washington, DC

Jeffery Brabec, Esq., Vice President, BMG Chrysalis, Los Angeles, CA

Wallace Collins, Esq., NYNY

Sabrina Ment, Esq., LaPolt Law, Los Angeles

09:00 AM – 10:00 AM [Educators Forum] Digital Media Programming – Distant Learning and the future impact entertainment business education

Participants:

Dr. Peter Cho, Musician, Chair Music and Music Business, Delgado Community College, Moderator

Wendy Hajjar, Educator

 Jonathan Tankel, Educator, Promoter, Open Mic Nights

 Brandon J. Frank, Esq. Pro Entertainment Law, New Orleans

10:00 AM – 11:15 AM Artist Management, Promotions and the new media techniques [Business Session]

This panel of professionals will discuss essential industry components that help artists advance their careers with essential

 

Speakers:

Rueben Williams, Thunderbird Management, Moderator

Cosimo Ohms, Anamaze Booking Agency

John Tovar, TMG Music

John Shaw, Select-O-Hits Distribution

T. J. Sagen, Manager, Jeff Battaglia Management

 

10:15 AM – 11:35 AM The Performance Right- a World in Transition Songs and Sound Recordings- the cornerstone of the worldwide music business [Legal/CLE 1.25 cr. hrs].

The Performance Right- responsible for a substantial portion of song and record royalties. This panel will discuss the 3 billion dollar world of ASCAP, BMI, SESAC and SoundExchange and how these organizations generate income for songwriters, recording artists, music publishers and record companies as well as how foreign country performance song and record royalties are handled and distributed. Challenges to these collection societies will also be discussed as well as alternative licensing strategies and the viability of new competing business models and entities.

Speakers:

Todd Brabec, Esq., USC Thornton School of Law, Los Angeles, CA

Jeffery Brabec, Esq., Vice President, BMG Chrysalis, Los Angeles, CA

Henry Root, Esq., Lapidus Root Franklin & Sacharow, LLP, Santa Monica, CA

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Legal Practice: Successful Independent Filmmaking- Reality TV [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, the client funds management, making sure filmmaker/client engagement letter are correct. Review user generated content rights and procedures with filmmaker client. Establish a disbursement system for staff fees payment. Review production agreements tax credit financing incentives and distribution

Speakers:

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

Kevin Mills, Esq., Kaye & Mills, Los Angeles, CA

Ellis Pailet, Esq., Pailet & Ostendoff LLP, New Orleans, LA

Christoper Szapary, Esq., Provosty & Gankendoff, LLC, NOLA

Suzette Becker, Esq., Toledano Entertainment & Arts Law, NOLA

11:30 AM – 12:45 PM Murphy Laws Songwriting – The Results Part 3 [Business Session]
12:00 PM – 12:45 PM [Roots Music Panel] Post Katrina – A Higher Ground Fund Reflection

Recognizing the unprecedented efforts by New Orleans’ Wynton & Bradford Marsalis, Harry Connick, Jr. and the music world in the wake of the Hurricane Katrina – Saturday Event. 

The panel will provide review on the creation and work of the Higher Ground Fund created by Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center and administered by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation.  The fund was created in large part from contributions from the “Higher Ground Hurricane Relief Benefit Concert” which was held on September 17th, 2005.  The concert was produced live on the Emmy Award Winning PBS series “Live From Lincoln Center.” Almost overnight a responsive grant opportunity was created to help musicians evacuated from Greater New Orleans as well as music industry organizations assisting in rescue and recovery. 

What were the lessons learned for future preparedness in the arts community.

Speaker:

                           Gerri Hobdy, Baton Rouge Community College

                           Stephanie Jordan, Vocalist

                           Jacques Morial, Activist, Urban Planner

                           Jackie Harris, Promoter

01:00 PM – 1:45 PM Keynote Speaker – Linda Septien, Septien Entertainment Group [Legal/Business/CLE .75 cr. hrs]

The Superstar talent developer will share her techniques in developing and launching the careers of her superstars clients before they became superstars.

02:00 PM – 3:00 PM [Roots Music Panel] The Threadhead Records Story – Music Survival and Success in Post Katrina New Orleans. – Saturday Event

How a groups Fans and musicians changed New Orleans music business.

02:00 PM – 4:00 PM Roundtable Discussions/one-on-one consultations [Business/Film Session – Saturday Event]

Topics: management, Promotions, Merchandising, Legal, Film, in the studio, Record label essentials, Funding.

 

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August 28, 2015
03:30 – 4:45 pm Music Supervising: The Anatomy of a Song Placement – Selecting music for Film, Television and Commercials [Business Session]

Getting your songs placed in TV, film, and commercials can fund your music organization and establish or advance your career. Learn how the process works from this panel of industry insiders. The panel will consist of Music Supervisors, Marketing Executive and Sync Licensing experts, discussing how the process works from their prospective. [Sponsored and presented by the Recording Academy Memphis Chapter]

Speakers:

Olga Wilhelmine, Filmmaker, Actress, Singer Songwriter, Moderator

Jay Weigel, Composer, Producer, Conductor, Film Scorer

Jonathan McHugh, Music Supervisor, CEO, 2 J

Deborah Evans, President, Delta Music Publishing

 

08:00 AM – 5:00 PM Registration
09:00 AM – 10:15 PM First Amendment and Publicity/Privacy Issues in Entertainment Litigation [Legal/CLE 1.25 cr. hrs]

Free speech and right to petition are key protections in First Amendment. This panel will cover limits and rights issues express in SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuits Against Participation) claims and what are states doing to protect all parties’ rights.

Speakers:

David Fink, Esq., Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, Los Angeles

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

Stan Soocher, Esq. Editor-in-Chief of Entertainment Law & Finance

Bradley Mullins, Esq., Mitchell Silberberg & Krupp, LLP, Los Angekes

09:00 AM – 9:45 AM [Educators Forum] Funding options in developing successful art programming in 21st century education.

Educators, art administrators and funders gathering to share collaborative programming, fundraising and the importance of parental involvement.

Participants:

Steven Edwards, Professor of Music, Delgado Community College, Moderator

David Batiste, Music Director, ReNEW Cultural Arts Academy

Wendy Hajjar, Educator

Michelle Everett, Carver Theater Foundation

Damon Batiste, Director, NOACONN, Inc

Jonathan Tankel, Educator, Promoter, Open Mic Nights

Brandon J. Frank, Esq., Pro Entertainment Law, New Orleans

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Publicity in Action: creating a brand for you Artist or Entertainment Company [Business Session]
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM Music Licensing- New Deals, Negotiations and $ [Legal/CLE 1.5 cr. hrs]

Opportunities for music use are at an all time high both in the online/ digital world as well as in traditional media. But with these opportunities has come an increasing complexity in deal structure, negotiations and the end result fees and royalties. This panel will discuss many of these new deals, the strategies being employed, the considerations important to both user and copyright owner, the multiple platforms and distribution channels being requested and the money in initial fees and backend royalties being generated.

Speakers:

Todd Brabec, Esq., USC Thornton School of Law, Los Angeles, CA

Jeffery Brabec, Esq., Vice President, BMG Chrysalis, Los Angeles, CA

Henry Root, Esq., Lapidus Root Franklin & Sacharow, LLP, Santa Monica, CA

David Lessoff, Esq., Manatt Phelps & Phillips, LLP, Los Angeles, CA

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM Murphy Laws Songwriting – Critiquing Part 2 [Business Session]

Get the inside track on songwriting as a craft from award-winning songwriter Ralph Murphy, Author “ Murphy Laws of Songwriting”

 

12:00 PM – 12:30 PM Entrepreneur Consultation [Business Session]

Discuss your venture with venture capital and incubator professional.

12:30 PM – 1:45 PM The Music World Today. Social Media Techniques for the Digital World – How to get a Million Followers/Views/Fans and use it to get to get ahead in the entertainment business? [Business Session]

Keynote Linda Septien will lead a panel on social media techniques and which media outlets work best for your career goal of getting discovered, signing a deal and what it all means.

01:30 PM – 2:30 PM Cutting Edge Entertainment Law Seminar **Special Event** A Keynote Presentation

“The Politics of Copyright” – An interview of Jay Rosenthal by Emmanuel Legrand, followed by a discussion on Neighboring Rights: The growth engine of the music industry                     

The Keynote Interview:

“The Politics of Copyright” – An interview of Jay Rosenthal by Emmanuel Legrand.

“Music Copyright issues are dominating the IP agenda in Washington, D.C.  Political activism in Congress, the Copyright Office, the USPTO, the Justice Department, the FCC, and even the White House, are at a fever pitch – and music issues are at the heart of it all.  This interview with Jay Rosenthal, the former General Counsel at the National Music Publishers’ Association, will provide a roadmap to the issues, the parties, and the politics behind this unprecedented inside-the-beltway phenomenon.”

Emmanuel Legrand’s presentation:

“Neighboring rights: The growth engine of the music industry

The business of neighboring rights is the fastest growing segment in the music industry, benefiting performers and owners of sound recordings. Learn more about this $2bn global business with an exclusive presentation of a worldwide report on neighboring rights by Music Week US editor Emmanuel Legrand.

02:00 PM – 3:15 PM Do you have what record labels are looking for??? [Business Session]

Follow the panelists discuss how they select artists and how they work with newly signed artists. The panelists will also advise artists who perform live for the panel how they might improve their chances to get sign and distributed. The panel will include executives from record labels, distribution, public relations and distribution

Speakers:

Lee Dannay, Head of A&R, Thirty Tigers

David Lessof, Esq. Mannatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Steve Jones, CEO, Brash Records

Harris Rea, Founder, Founder, CEO, Louisiana Red Hot Records

Lillie Lewis, Musician, Louisiana Red Hot Records, Moderator

02:30 PM – 3:45 PM Hot Issues in Copyrights, Trademarks, Patents and the Business Issues in Making a Deal for New Technology Entrepreneurs. [Legal/CLE 1.25 cr. hr]

Copyright Reform, Termination Rights, possible Trademarks infringement in mobile technology, social media, 3-D printing and the America Invent Act effects on music producer, filmmakers, Videogames, apps and software developers – who are the parties, User-Generated Content ownership concerns and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

Speakers:

Jay Rosenthal, Esq., Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp, Washington, DC

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

Stephanie Adwar, Esq., Furgang & Adwar, LLP, NY,NY

Linda Mensch, Esq., Of Counsel Bryan Cave, Chicago, IL

04:00 PM – 5:15 PM A Film Deal in a Box Toolkit [Legal/Film/CLE 1.25 cr. hrs]

Filmmakers and Attorneys will draw from their experience and take the audience step by step on how a deal come together, acquisition of rights, option agreement, copyrights issues, the panel cover production, financing and distribution sources and agreements and problems that can change everything. Included in the discussion will be talent agreements and music rights.

Speakers:

Allen Fredric, Esq., Jones Walker, New Orleans, LA

Buddy Patrick, Esq., President & Founder, Windy Hill Pictures, New Orleans, LA

David Fink, Esq.,

Kevin Mills, Esq., Kaye & Mills, Los Angeles, CA

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

04:30 PM – 5:30 PM Juke Box Jury – CD Listening Session [Business Session]
04:45 PM – 6:00 PM Cutting Edge Film Meetup – Interview with Trey Burvant, Director of Operations, Second Line Stages, – Q&A follows [Film Session – Friday]

In conjunction with Louisiana Production Meetup – hosted by Wayne Douglas Morgan

05:30 PM – 6:15 PM Keynote Interview [Legal/CLE .75 cr. hrs]

Subject: Buddy Patrick, Esq., President & Founder, Windy Hill Pictures, New Orleans, LA

Interviewer: Allen Fredric, Esq., Jones Walker, New Orleans, LA

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August 27, 2015
08:00 AM – 5:00 PM Registration
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?

Speakers:Vernon P Thomas, Esq., New Orleans, LA

Judith DeFraites, Esq., New Orleans, LA

David Dalia, Esq., New Orleans, LA

 
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Agents and Talent Buyers: The Live Music Business & Its Importance to Emerging Artists [Business Session]

Touring and booking are the biggest balancing act for artists today. A       lack of tour support and a tougher retail marketplace leaves the touring arena more attractive and crowded than ever. Join our professionals as they look at the future of artists on the road

Speakers:

David Magazine, Junior Talent Buyer, House of Blues, New Orleans

Kerry Brown, Musician, Talent Buyer, Bay Harbor Fest, Bayou Boogaloo Music Festival

Stu Schayot, Manager, Talent Buyer, Howlin’ Wolf

Wayne Lee, Talent Buyer, Tipitina’s

Henry Turmer, Jr, Musician, Producer, Ultimate Louisiana Party Tour

Charles Driebe, Esq., Manager, Blind Ambition Management, Moderator

 

10:15 AM – 12:00 PM “STOP! Don’t sign that contract” Pitfalls of Recording, Film and Management Agreements [Legal/CLE 1.75 cr. hr.]

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.

Speakers:

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

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

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

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

11:15 AM – 12:30 PM The Art of Making a Great Recording or at lease a good one – Managing your recording session [Business Session]

Our panelists will discuss do’s and don’ts of making a studio recording.

Speakers:

                           Mark Hornsby, Director of Operations, Producer, Engineer, Sweetwater Studios, Moderator

                           Carlo Ditta, Producer, Owner, Orleans Records

                           Jason Rhein, Co-owner, Producer, Engineer, Marigny Recording Studio

                           Kent Nielsen, Owner, Fort Knox Studios

                           Jacques deLatour, Freelance Producer, Engineer, Better Than Ezra

12:45 PM – 1:45 PM Ask A Lawyer – Legal Mentorship [Legal/Film/Business Session – Thursday]

Law student, new to the practice of law or just have an entertainment law legal question. Find a mentor at this session.

Mentors:

Suzette Toledano, Esq., Toledano Entertainment & Arts Law, NOLA

Jeffrey S Becker, Esq., Swanson Martin & Bel, LLP, Chicago

Brandon J. Frank, Esq., Pro Entertainment Law, New Orleans

01:30 PM – 2:30 PM Ethics – Conflict of Interest [Legal/CLE 1 cr. hr]

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.

Speakers:

Vernon Thomas, Esq., New Orleans, LA

Judy Defraites, Esq., New Orleans, LA

Honorable Nadine Ramsey, Esq., Councilmember District C, NOLA

02:00 PM – 3:15 PM Write Me A Song – Sing It To Me Part 1[Business Session]

Songwriters, lead by Ralph Murphy will put “Murphy’s Laws Of Songwriting” into practice and evaluate songs performed during the panel and the audience will began a three day critique of their songwriting, a process Ralph Murphy conducts around the world.

02:45 PM – 3:45 PM Damage Control: Representing Athletes and Celebrities in the Media, and the Courtroom [Legal/CLE1.0 cr. hr]

The discussion will center on the analysis of the legal issues representing athletes and entertainers in contract negotiation and 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.

Speakers:

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

Michelle LaMont, LaMonte PR, Dallas, TX

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

Sabrina Ment, Esq., LaPolt Law

03:30 PM – 4:15 PM Martin Atkins From Tour Smart to Kickstarter [Business Session]

British drummer, provocateur, marketing genius, Martin Atkins has been showing the world musicians great tips on survival and success in the music business and Having Fun At It! Hear his montage of tips given as only Martin Atkins, can give them – “Welcome To The Music Business You’re F—-“

04:00 PM – 5:15 PM Music and Beer: Getting Booked! Reviewing Booking Agreements to Protect Clients Rights in Content generated from LIVE Performances [1.25 cr. hrs]

Panelists will review important points in booking agreements covering digital content generated (YouTube, live CDs, etc.) and discuss the uses of content generated from performing in nightclubs, festivals and concert venues, the rights of the venue, the artist, and the record.

Speakers:

Wallace Collins, Esq. NYNY

Christian Unruh, Esq. Miami, FL

John Bradley, Esq. Bradley Legal group, P. A., Fort Lauderdale, Fl

Linda Mensch, Esq., Of Counsel Bryan Cave, Chicago, IL

04:30 PM – 5:15 PM Juke Box Jury: CD Listening Sessions [Business Session]
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Roots Music Gathering
12:00 PM – 12:45 PM [Roots Music Panel] Post Katrina – A Higher Ground Fund Reflection

Recognizing the unprecedented efforts by New Orleans’ Wynton & Bradford Marsalis, Harry Connick, Jr. and the music world in the wake of the Hurricane Katrina – Saturday Event. 

The panel will provide review on the creation and work of the Higher Ground Fund created by Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center and administered by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation.  The fund was created in large part from contributions from the “Higher Ground Hurricane Relief Benefit Concert” which was held on September 17th, 2005.  The concert was produced live on the Emmy Award Winning PBS series “Live From Lincoln Center.” Almost overnight a responsive grant opportunity was created to help musicians evacuated from Greater New Orleans as well as music industry organizations assisting in rescue and recovery. 

What were the lessons learned for future preparedness in the arts community.

Speaker:

                           Gerri Hobdy, Baton Rouge Community College

                           Stephanie Jordan, Vocalist

                           Jacques Morial, Activist, Urban Planner

                           Jackie Harris, Promoter

02:00 PM – 3:00 PM [Roots Music Panel] The Threadhead Records Story – Music Survival and Success in Post Katrina New Orleans. – Saturday Event

How a groups Fans and musicians changed New Orleans music business.

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Film & Interactive
12:45 PM – 1:45 PM Ask A Lawyer – Legal Mentorship [Legal/Film/Business Session – Thursday]

Law student, new to the practice of law or just have an entertainment law legal question. Find a mentor at this session.

Mentors:

Suzette Toledano, Esq., Toledano Entertainment & Arts Law, NOLA

Jeffrey S Becker, Esq., Swanson Martin & Bel, LLP, Chicago

Brandon J. Frank, Esq., Pro Entertainment Law, New Orleans

01:00 PM – 1:45 PM Keynote Speaker – Linda Septien, Septien Entertainment Group [Legal/Business/CLE .75 cr. hrs]

The Superstar talent developer will share her techniques in developing and launching the careers of her superstars clients before they became superstars.

02:00 PM – 4:00 PM Roundtable Discussions/one-on-one consultations [Business/Film Session – Saturday Event]

Topics: management, Promotions, Merchandising, Legal, Film, in the studio, Record label essentials, Funding.

 

04:45 PM – 6:00 PM Cutting Edge Film Meetup – Interview with Trey Burvant, Director of Operations, Second Line Stages, – Q&A follows [Film Session – Friday]

In conjunction with Louisiana Production Meetup – hosted by Wayne Douglas Morgan

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Music Business
03:30 – 4:45 pm Music Supervising: The Anatomy of a Song Placement – Selecting music for Film, Television and Commercials [Business Session]

Getting your songs placed in TV, film, and commercials can fund your music organization and establish or advance your career. Learn how the process works from this panel of industry insiders. The panel will consist of Music Supervisors, Marketing Executive and Sync Licensing experts, discussing how the process works from their prospective. [Sponsored and presented by the Recording Academy Memphis Chapter]

Speakers:

Olga Wilhelmine, Filmmaker, Actress, Singer Songwriter, Moderator

Jay Weigel, Composer, Producer, Conductor, Film Scorer

Jonathan McHugh, Music Supervisor, CEO, 2 J

Deborah Evans, President, Delta Music Publishing

 

08:00 AM – 5:00 PM Registration
08:00 AM – 5:00 PM Registration
08:00 – 5:00 pm Registration [Saturday]
09:00 AM – 10:15 AM Publishing Income Update [Legal/CLE 1.25 cr. hr]

What and where are the new sources of income for publishers and how should attorneys advise their clients to avail themselves of these sources. Areas covered include new mechanical streaming, download and locker rates, apps, e-cards, advertising commercials, remixes and samples, interactive dolls and toys, slot machines, digital jukeboxes, live performances and much more.

Speakers:

Jay Rosenthal, Esq., Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp, Washington, DC

Jeffery Brabec, Esq., Vice President, BMG Chrysalis, Los Angeles, CA

Wallace Collins, Esq., NYNY

Sabrina Ment, Esq., LaPolt Law, Los Angeles

09:00 AM – 9:45 AM [Educators Forum] Funding options in developing successful art programming in 21st century education.

Educators, art administrators and funders gathering to share collaborative programming, fundraising and the importance of parental involvement.

Participants:

Steven Edwards, Professor of Music, Delgado Community College, Moderator

David Batiste, Music Director, ReNEW Cultural Arts Academy

Wendy Hajjar, Educator

Michelle Everett, Carver Theater Foundation

Damon Batiste, Director, NOACONN, Inc

Jonathan Tankel, Educator, Promoter, Open Mic Nights

Brandon J. Frank, Esq., Pro Entertainment Law, New Orleans

09:00 AM – 10:00 AM [Educators Forum] Digital Media Programming – Distant Learning and the future impact entertainment business education

Participants:

Dr. Peter Cho, Musician, Chair Music and Music Business, Delgado Community College, Moderator

Wendy Hajjar, Educator

 Jonathan Tankel, Educator, Promoter, Open Mic Nights

 Brandon J. Frank, Esq. Pro Entertainment Law, New Orleans

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Agents and Talent Buyers: The Live Music Business & Its Importance to Emerging Artists [Business Session]

Touring and booking are the biggest balancing act for artists today. A       lack of tour support and a tougher retail marketplace leaves the touring arena more attractive and crowded than ever. Join our professionals as they look at the future of artists on the road

Speakers:

David Magazine, Junior Talent Buyer, House of Blues, New Orleans

Kerry Brown, Musician, Talent Buyer, Bay Harbor Fest, Bayou Boogaloo Music Festival

Stu Schayot, Manager, Talent Buyer, Howlin’ Wolf

Wayne Lee, Talent Buyer, Tipitina’s

Henry Turmer, Jr, Musician, Producer, Ultimate Louisiana Party Tour

Charles Driebe, Esq., Manager, Blind Ambition Management, Moderator

 

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Publicity in Action: creating a brand for you Artist or Entertainment Company [Business Session]
10:00 AM – 11:15 AM Artist Management, Promotions and the new media techniques [Business Session]

This panel of professionals will discuss essential industry components that help artists advance their careers with essential

 

Speakers:

Rueben Williams, Thunderbird Management, Moderator

Cosimo Ohms, Anamaze Booking Agency

John Tovar, TMG Music

John Shaw, Select-O-Hits Distribution

T. J. Sagen, Manager, Jeff Battaglia Management

 

11:15 AM – 12:30 PM The Art of Making a Great Recording or at lease a good one – Managing your recording session [Business Session]

Our panelists will discuss do’s and don’ts of making a studio recording.

Speakers:

                           Mark Hornsby, Director of Operations, Producer, Engineer, Sweetwater Studios, Moderator

                           Carlo Ditta, Producer, Owner, Orleans Records

                           Jason Rhein, Co-owner, Producer, Engineer, Marigny Recording Studio

                           Kent Nielsen, Owner, Fort Knox Studios

                           Jacques deLatour, Freelance Producer, Engineer, Better Than Ezra

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM Murphy Laws Songwriting – Critiquing Part 2 [Business Session]

Get the inside track on songwriting as a craft from award-winning songwriter Ralph Murphy, Author “ Murphy Laws of Songwriting”

 

11:30 AM – 12:45 PM Murphy Laws Songwriting – The Results Part 3 [Business Session]
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM Entrepreneur Consultation [Business Session]

Discuss your venture with venture capital and incubator professional.

12:00 PM – 12:45 PM [Roots Music Panel] Post Katrina – A Higher Ground Fund Reflection

Recognizing the unprecedented efforts by New Orleans’ Wynton & Bradford Marsalis, Harry Connick, Jr. and the music world in the wake of the Hurricane Katrina – Saturday Event. 

The panel will provide review on the creation and work of the Higher Ground Fund created by Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center and administered by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation.  The fund was created in large part from contributions from the “Higher Ground Hurricane Relief Benefit Concert” which was held on September 17th, 2005.  The concert was produced live on the Emmy Award Winning PBS series “Live From Lincoln Center.” Almost overnight a responsive grant opportunity was created to help musicians evacuated from Greater New Orleans as well as music industry organizations assisting in rescue and recovery. 

What were the lessons learned for future preparedness in the arts community.

Speaker:

                           Gerri Hobdy, Baton Rouge Community College

                           Stephanie Jordan, Vocalist

                           Jacques Morial, Activist, Urban Planner

                           Jackie Harris, Promoter

12:30 PM – 1:45 PM The Music World Today. Social Media Techniques for the Digital World – How to get a Million Followers/Views/Fans and use it to get to get ahead in the entertainment business? [Business Session]

Keynote Linda Septien will lead a panel on social media techniques and which media outlets work best for your career goal of getting discovered, signing a deal and what it all means.

12:45 PM – 1:45 PM Ask A Lawyer – Legal Mentorship [Legal/Film/Business Session – Thursday]

Law student, new to the practice of law or just have an entertainment law legal question. Find a mentor at this session.

Mentors:

Suzette Toledano, Esq., Toledano Entertainment & Arts Law, NOLA

Jeffrey S Becker, Esq., Swanson Martin & Bel, LLP, Chicago

Brandon J. Frank, Esq., Pro Entertainment Law, New Orleans

01:00 PM – 1:45 PM Keynote Speaker – Linda Septien, Septien Entertainment Group [Legal/Business/CLE .75 cr. hrs]

The Superstar talent developer will share her techniques in developing and launching the careers of her superstars clients before they became superstars.

01:30 PM – 2:30 PM Ethics – Conflict of Interest [Legal/CLE 1 cr. hr]

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.

Speakers:

Vernon Thomas, Esq., New Orleans, LA

Judy Defraites, Esq., New Orleans, LA

Honorable Nadine Ramsey, Esq., Councilmember District C, NOLA

02:00 PM – 3:15 PM Write Me A Song – Sing It To Me Part 1[Business Session]

Songwriters, lead by Ralph Murphy will put “Murphy’s Laws Of Songwriting” into practice and evaluate songs performed during the panel and the audience will began a three day critique of their songwriting, a process Ralph Murphy conducts around the world.

02:00 PM – 3:15 PM Do you have what record labels are looking for??? [Business Session]

Follow the panelists discuss how they select artists and how they work with newly signed artists. The panelists will also advise artists who perform live for the panel how they might improve their chances to get sign and distributed. The panel will include executives from record labels, distribution, public relations and distribution

Speakers:

Lee Dannay, Head of A&R, Thirty Tigers

David Lessof, Esq. Mannatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Steve Jones, CEO, Brash Records

Harris Rea, Founder, Founder, CEO, Louisiana Red Hot Records

Lillie Lewis, Musician, Louisiana Red Hot Records, Moderator

02:00 PM – 3:00 PM [Roots Music Panel] The Threadhead Records Story – Music Survival and Success in Post Katrina New Orleans. – Saturday Event

How a groups Fans and musicians changed New Orleans music business.

02:00 PM – 4:00 PM Roundtable Discussions/one-on-one consultations [Business/Film Session – Saturday Event]

Topics: management, Promotions, Merchandising, Legal, Film, in the studio, Record label essentials, Funding.

 

03:30 PM – 4:15 PM Martin Atkins From Tour Smart to Kickstarter [Business Session]

British drummer, provocateur, marketing genius, Martin Atkins has been showing the world musicians great tips on survival and success in the music business and Having Fun At It! Hear his montage of tips given as only Martin Atkins, can give them – “Welcome To The Music Business You’re F—-“

04:30 PM – 5:15 PM Juke Box Jury: CD Listening Sessions [Business Session]
04:30 PM – 5:30 PM Juke Box Jury – CD Listening Session [Business Session]
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CLE
03:30 – 4:45 pm Music Supervising: The Anatomy of a Song Placement – Selecting music for Film, Television and Commercials [Business Session]

Getting your songs placed in TV, film, and commercials can fund your music organization and establish or advance your career. Learn how the process works from this panel of industry insiders. The panel will consist of Music Supervisors, Marketing Executive and Sync Licensing experts, discussing how the process works from their prospective. [Sponsored and presented by the Recording Academy Memphis Chapter]

Speakers:

Olga Wilhelmine, Filmmaker, Actress, Singer Songwriter, Moderator

Jay Weigel, Composer, Producer, Conductor, Film Scorer

Jonathan McHugh, Music Supervisor, CEO, 2 J

Deborah Evans, President, Delta Music Publishing

 

08:00 AM – 5:00 PM Registration
08:00 AM – 5:00 PM Registration
08:00 – 5:00 pm Registration [Saturday]
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?

Speakers:Vernon P Thomas, Esq., New Orleans, LA

Judith DeFraites, Esq., New Orleans, LA

David Dalia, Esq., New Orleans, LA

 
09:00 AM – 10:15 PM First Amendment and Publicity/Privacy Issues in Entertainment Litigation [Legal/CLE 1.25 cr. hrs]

Free speech and right to petition are key protections in First Amendment. This panel will cover limits and rights issues express in SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuits Against Participation) claims and what are states doing to protect all parties’ rights.

Speakers:

David Fink, Esq., Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, Los Angeles

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

Stan Soocher, Esq. Editor-in-Chief of Entertainment Law & Finance

Bradley Mullins, Esq., Mitchell Silberberg & Krupp, LLP, Los Angekes

09:00 AM – 10:15 AM Publishing Income Update [Legal/CLE 1.25 cr. hr]

What and where are the new sources of income for publishers and how should attorneys advise their clients to avail themselves of these sources. Areas covered include new mechanical streaming, download and locker rates, apps, e-cards, advertising commercials, remixes and samples, interactive dolls and toys, slot machines, digital jukeboxes, live performances and much more.

Speakers:

Jay Rosenthal, Esq., Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp, Washington, DC

Jeffery Brabec, Esq., Vice President, BMG Chrysalis, Los Angeles, CA

Wallace Collins, Esq., NYNY

Sabrina Ment, Esq., LaPolt Law, Los Angeles

09:00 AM – 9:45 AM [Educators Forum] Funding options in developing successful art programming in 21st century education.

Educators, art administrators and funders gathering to share collaborative programming, fundraising and the importance of parental involvement.

Participants:

Steven Edwards, Professor of Music, Delgado Community College, Moderator

David Batiste, Music Director, ReNEW Cultural Arts Academy

Wendy Hajjar, Educator

Michelle Everett, Carver Theater Foundation

Damon Batiste, Director, NOACONN, Inc

Jonathan Tankel, Educator, Promoter, Open Mic Nights

Brandon J. Frank, Esq., Pro Entertainment Law, New Orleans

09:00 AM – 10:00 AM [Educators Forum] Digital Media Programming – Distant Learning and the future impact entertainment business education

Participants:

Dr. Peter Cho, Musician, Chair Music and Music Business, Delgado Community College, Moderator

Wendy Hajjar, Educator

 Jonathan Tankel, Educator, Promoter, Open Mic Nights

 Brandon J. Frank, Esq. Pro Entertainment Law, New Orleans

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Agents and Talent Buyers: The Live Music Business & Its Importance to Emerging Artists [Business Session]

Touring and booking are the biggest balancing act for artists today. A       lack of tour support and a tougher retail marketplace leaves the touring arena more attractive and crowded than ever. Join our professionals as they look at the future of artists on the road

Speakers:

David Magazine, Junior Talent Buyer, House of Blues, New Orleans

Kerry Brown, Musician, Talent Buyer, Bay Harbor Fest, Bayou Boogaloo Music Festival

Stu Schayot, Manager, Talent Buyer, Howlin’ Wolf

Wayne Lee, Talent Buyer, Tipitina’s

Henry Turmer, Jr, Musician, Producer, Ultimate Louisiana Party Tour

Charles Driebe, Esq., Manager, Blind Ambition Management, Moderator

 

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Publicity in Action: creating a brand for you Artist or Entertainment Company [Business Session]
10:00 AM – 11:15 AM Artist Management, Promotions and the new media techniques [Business Session]

This panel of professionals will discuss essential industry components that help artists advance their careers with essential

 

Speakers:

Rueben Williams, Thunderbird Management, Moderator

Cosimo Ohms, Anamaze Booking Agency

John Tovar, TMG Music

John Shaw, Select-O-Hits Distribution

T. J. Sagen, Manager, Jeff Battaglia Management

 

10:15 AM – 12:00 PM “STOP! Don’t sign that contract” Pitfalls of Recording, Film and Management Agreements [Legal/CLE 1.75 cr. hr.]

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.

Speakers:

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

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

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

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

10:15 AM – 11:35 AM The Performance Right- a World in Transition Songs and Sound Recordings- the cornerstone of the worldwide music business [Legal/CLE 1.25 cr. hrs].

The Performance Right- responsible for a substantial portion of song and record royalties. This panel will discuss the 3 billion dollar world of ASCAP, BMI, SESAC and SoundExchange and how these organizations generate income for songwriters, recording artists, music publishers and record companies as well as how foreign country performance song and record royalties are handled and distributed. Challenges to these collection societies will also be discussed as well as alternative licensing strategies and the viability of new competing business models and entities.

Speakers:

Todd Brabec, Esq., USC Thornton School of Law, Los Angeles, CA

Jeffery Brabec, Esq., Vice President, BMG Chrysalis, Los Angeles, CA

Henry Root, Esq., Lapidus Root Franklin & Sacharow, LLP, Santa Monica, CA

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM Music Licensing- New Deals, Negotiations and $ [Legal/CLE 1.5 cr. hrs]

Opportunities for music use are at an all time high both in the online/ digital world as well as in traditional media. But with these opportunities has come an increasing complexity in deal structure, negotiations and the end result fees and royalties. This panel will discuss many of these new deals, the strategies being employed, the considerations important to both user and copyright owner, the multiple platforms and distribution channels being requested and the money in initial fees and backend royalties being generated.

Speakers:

Todd Brabec, Esq., USC Thornton School of Law, Los Angeles, CA

Jeffery Brabec, Esq., Vice President, BMG Chrysalis, Los Angeles, CA

Henry Root, Esq., Lapidus Root Franklin & Sacharow, LLP, Santa Monica, CA

David Lessoff, Esq., Manatt Phelps & Phillips, LLP, Los Angeles, CA

11:15 AM – 12:30 PM The Art of Making a Great Recording or at lease a good one – Managing your recording session [Business Session]

Our panelists will discuss do’s and don’ts of making a studio recording.

Speakers:

                           Mark Hornsby, Director of Operations, Producer, Engineer, Sweetwater Studios, Moderator

                           Carlo Ditta, Producer, Owner, Orleans Records

                           Jason Rhein, Co-owner, Producer, Engineer, Marigny Recording Studio

                           Kent Nielsen, Owner, Fort Knox Studios

                           Jacques deLatour, Freelance Producer, Engineer, Better Than Ezra

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM Murphy Laws Songwriting – Critiquing Part 2 [Business Session]

Get the inside track on songwriting as a craft from award-winning songwriter Ralph Murphy, Author “ Murphy Laws of Songwriting”

 

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Legal Practice: Successful Independent Filmmaking- Reality TV [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, the client funds management, making sure filmmaker/client engagement letter are correct. Review user generated content rights and procedures with filmmaker client. Establish a disbursement system for staff fees payment. Review production agreements tax credit financing incentives and distribution

Speakers:

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

Kevin Mills, Esq., Kaye & Mills, Los Angeles, CA

Ellis Pailet, Esq., Pailet & Ostendoff LLP, New Orleans, LA

Christoper Szapary, Esq., Provosty & Gankendoff, LLC, NOLA

Suzette Becker, Esq., Toledano Entertainment & Arts Law, NOLA

11:30 AM – 12:45 PM Murphy Laws Songwriting – The Results Part 3 [Business Session]
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM Entrepreneur Consultation [Business Session]

Discuss your venture with venture capital and incubator professional.

12:00 PM – 12:45 PM [Roots Music Panel] Post Katrina – A Higher Ground Fund Reflection

Recognizing the unprecedented efforts by New Orleans’ Wynton & Bradford Marsalis, Harry Connick, Jr. and the music world in the wake of the Hurricane Katrina – Saturday Event. 

The panel will provide review on the creation and work of the Higher Ground Fund created by Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center and administered by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation.  The fund was created in large part from contributions from the “Higher Ground Hurricane Relief Benefit Concert” which was held on September 17th, 2005.  The concert was produced live on the Emmy Award Winning PBS series “Live From Lincoln Center.” Almost overnight a responsive grant opportunity was created to help musicians evacuated from Greater New Orleans as well as music industry organizations assisting in rescue and recovery. 

What were the lessons learned for future preparedness in the arts community.

Speaker:

                           Gerri Hobdy, Baton Rouge Community College

                           Stephanie Jordan, Vocalist

                           Jacques Morial, Activist, Urban Planner

                           Jackie Harris, Promoter

12:30 PM – 1:45 PM The Music World Today. Social Media Techniques for the Digital World – How to get a Million Followers/Views/Fans and use it to get to get ahead in the entertainment business? [Business Session]

Keynote Linda Septien will lead a panel on social media techniques and which media outlets work best for your career goal of getting discovered, signing a deal and what it all means.

12:45 PM – 1:45 PM Ask A Lawyer – Legal Mentorship [Legal/Film/Business Session – Thursday]

Law student, new to the practice of law or just have an entertainment law legal question. Find a mentor at this session.

Mentors:

Suzette Toledano, Esq., Toledano Entertainment & Arts Law, NOLA

Jeffrey S Becker, Esq., Swanson Martin & Bel, LLP, Chicago

Brandon J. Frank, Esq., Pro Entertainment Law, New Orleans

01:00 PM – 1:45 PM Keynote Speaker – Linda Septien, Septien Entertainment Group [Legal/Business/CLE .75 cr. hrs]

The Superstar talent developer will share her techniques in developing and launching the careers of her superstars clients before they became superstars.

01:30 PM – 2:30 PM Cutting Edge Entertainment Law Seminar **Special Event** A Keynote Presentation

“The Politics of Copyright” – An interview of Jay Rosenthal by Emmanuel Legrand, followed by a discussion on Neighboring Rights: The growth engine of the music industry                     

The Keynote Interview:

“The Politics of Copyright” – An interview of Jay Rosenthal by Emmanuel Legrand.

“Music Copyright issues are dominating the IP agenda in Washington, D.C.  Political activism in Congress, the Copyright Office, the USPTO, the Justice Department, the FCC, and even the White House, are at a fever pitch – and music issues are at the heart of it all.  This interview with Jay Rosenthal, the former General Counsel at the National Music Publishers’ Association, will provide a roadmap to the issues, the parties, and the politics behind this unprecedented inside-the-beltway phenomenon.”

Emmanuel Legrand’s presentation:

“Neighboring rights: The growth engine of the music industry

The business of neighboring rights is the fastest growing segment in the music industry, benefiting performers and owners of sound recordings. Learn more about this $2bn global business with an exclusive presentation of a worldwide report on neighboring rights by Music Week US editor Emmanuel Legrand.

01:30 PM – 2:30 PM Ethics – Conflict of Interest [Legal/CLE 1 cr. hr]

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.

Speakers:

Vernon Thomas, Esq., New Orleans, LA

Judy Defraites, Esq., New Orleans, LA

Honorable Nadine Ramsey, Esq., Councilmember District C, NOLA

02:00 PM – 3:15 PM Write Me A Song – Sing It To Me Part 1[Business Session]

Songwriters, lead by Ralph Murphy will put “Murphy’s Laws Of Songwriting” into practice and evaluate songs performed during the panel and the audience will began a three day critique of their songwriting, a process Ralph Murphy conducts around the world.

02:00 PM – 3:15 PM Do you have what record labels are looking for??? [Business Session]

Follow the panelists discuss how they select artists and how they work with newly signed artists. The panelists will also advise artists who perform live for the panel how they might improve their chances to get sign and distributed. The panel will include executives from record labels, distribution, public relations and distribution

Speakers:

Lee Dannay, Head of A&R, Thirty Tigers

David Lessof, Esq. Mannatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Steve Jones, CEO, Brash Records

Harris Rea, Founder, Founder, CEO, Louisiana Red Hot Records

Lillie Lewis, Musician, Louisiana Red Hot Records, Moderator

02:00 PM – 3:00 PM [Roots Music Panel] The Threadhead Records Story – Music Survival and Success in Post Katrina New Orleans. – Saturday Event

How a groups Fans and musicians changed New Orleans music business.

02:00 PM – 4:00 PM Roundtable Discussions/one-on-one consultations [Business/Film Session – Saturday Event]

Topics: management, Promotions, Merchandising, Legal, Film, in the studio, Record label essentials, Funding.

 

02:30 PM – 3:45 PM Hot Issues in Copyrights, Trademarks, Patents and the Business Issues in Making a Deal for New Technology Entrepreneurs. [Legal/CLE 1.25 cr. hr]

Copyright Reform, Termination Rights, possible Trademarks infringement in mobile technology, social media, 3-D printing and the America Invent Act effects on music producer, filmmakers, Videogames, apps and software developers – who are the parties, User-Generated Content ownership concerns and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

Speakers:

Jay Rosenthal, Esq., Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp, Washington, DC

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

Stephanie Adwar, Esq., Furgang & Adwar, LLP, NY,NY

Linda Mensch, Esq., Of Counsel Bryan Cave, Chicago, IL

02:45 PM – 3:45 PM Damage Control: Representing Athletes and Celebrities in the Media, and the Courtroom [Legal/CLE1.0 cr. hr]

The discussion will center on the analysis of the legal issues representing athletes and entertainers in contract negotiation and 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.

Speakers:

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

Michelle LaMont, LaMonte PR, Dallas, TX

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

Sabrina Ment, Esq., LaPolt Law

03:30 PM – 4:15 PM Martin Atkins From Tour Smart to Kickstarter [Business Session]

British drummer, provocateur, marketing genius, Martin Atkins has been showing the world musicians great tips on survival and success in the music business and Having Fun At It! Hear his montage of tips given as only Martin Atkins, can give them – “Welcome To The Music Business You’re F—-“

04:00 PM – 5:15 PM Music and Beer: Getting Booked! Reviewing Booking Agreements to Protect Clients Rights in Content generated from LIVE Performances [1.25 cr. hrs]

Panelists will review important points in booking agreements covering digital content generated (YouTube, live CDs, etc.) and discuss the uses of content generated from performing in nightclubs, festivals and concert venues, the rights of the venue, the artist, and the record.

Speakers:

Wallace Collins, Esq. NYNY

Christian Unruh, Esq. Miami, FL

John Bradley, Esq. Bradley Legal group, P. A., Fort Lauderdale, Fl

Linda Mensch, Esq., Of Counsel Bryan Cave, Chicago, IL

04:00 PM – 5:15 PM A Film Deal in a Box Toolkit [Legal/Film/CLE 1.25 cr. hrs]

Filmmakers and Attorneys will draw from their experience and take the audience step by step on how a deal come together, acquisition of rights, option agreement, copyrights issues, the panel cover production, financing and distribution sources and agreements and problems that can change everything. Included in the discussion will be talent agreements and music rights.

Speakers:

Allen Fredric, Esq., Jones Walker, New Orleans, LA

Buddy Patrick, Esq., President & Founder, Windy Hill Pictures, New Orleans, LA

David Fink, Esq.,

Kevin Mills, Esq., Kaye & Mills, Los Angeles, CA

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

04:30 PM – 5:15 PM Juke Box Jury: CD Listening Sessions [Business Session]
04:30 PM – 5:30 PM Juke Box Jury – CD Listening Session [Business Session]
05:30 PM – 6:15 PM Keynote Interview [Legal/CLE .75 cr. hrs]

Subject: Buddy Patrick, Esq., President & Founder, Windy Hill Pictures, New Orleans, LA

Interviewer: Allen Fredric, Esq., Jones Walker, New Orleans, LA

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