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 30th Annual

CUTTING EDGE ENTERTAINMENT LAW SEMINAR

July 7, 8, 9, 2022

New Orleans

InterContinental New Orleans Hotel

“NFTs – Publishing – Trademark – Films – Transactional Issues”

 

Covering Recording Contracts, Publishing, Digital Content Creation, Copyrights, Synch Licensing, Filmmakers Agreements, NFTs laws

 

This course is approved for a total of 15.5 hour(s) of credit, including 1.00 hour(s) of ethics, 1.00 hour(s) of professionalism, and 1.00 hour(s) of law office practice by the MCLE Committee of the Louisiana State Bar Association. 

 

 

Subject to change

 

Thursday, July 7, 2022

 

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM           Professionalism – The Ornery Adversary [Legal/ CLE 1.0 cr. hr.]

What do you do when the attorney on the other side is unprofessional, nasty, or simply impossible? What do you do when you have an adversary who stalls, doesn’t return calls, or delays matters? How do you get the most out of your negotiation? How do you save a deal from going south?

Speakers:

  • Judith DeFraites, Esq., New Orleans, LA
  • David Dalia, Esq., New Orleans, LA

 

10:15 AM – 11:15 AM        Sport Law Updates 2022 [Legal/ CLE 1.0 cr. hr.]

Social and technological changes have impacted the sports industry in matters of privacy, compensation, asset management and licensing agreements.

Speakers:

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

           Kimberly Haynes, Esq. Haynes Johnson, LLC, Baton Rouge, LA

 

 

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM         Litigation: Latest Entertainment Cases [Legal/ CLE 1.0 cr. hr.]

Speakers:

  • Brian D. Caplan, Esq., Reitler Kailas & Rosenblatt, LLP
  • Stan Soocher, Esq., Editor-in-Chief, Entertainment Law & Finance, Professor Emeritus, College of Arts & Media, University of Colorado Denver

 

12:30 Break

 

 

1:00 PM – 2:15 PM             Recording, Producing, and Agency Agreements – What to look for – What to avoid [Legal/ CLE 1.25 cr. hr.]

The panel will cover essential deal points when representing artists, record labels, and producers. The panel will focus on potential costly mistakes to avoid.

Speakers:

  • Tim Kappel, Esq., Wells & Kappel LLP, New Orleans, LA(Moderator)      
  • Brittney Trigg, Esq. BTRIGGLAW, PLLC, Miami, FL
  • Edgar “Dino” Gankendoff, Esq., Provosty & Gankendoff, LLC, NOLA 
  • Wallace Collins, Esq., New York, NY

 

 

 

2:30 PM – 3:45 PM             Trademarks Essentials: Avoiding and resolving disputes. What’s in a name? [Legal/ CLE 1.25 cr. hrs.]

How selecting a company name, logos, branding merchandise raise issues of control. Logos v. slogans v. word trademarks: Branded what can and what cannot. Discussion of recent cases on brands, conflicting rights, and the unauthorized use of word trademarks or marketing campaigns.

Speakers:

  • Gregg R. Zegarelli, Esq., Zegarelli Technology & Entrepreneurial Ventures Law Firm, Pittsburgh, PA (Moderator)
  • Darryl Cohen, Esq., Cohen, Cooper Estep & Allen, Atlanta, GA
  • Marc Stollman, Esq., Stollman Law, Miami, FL

 

 

 

4:00 PM – 5:15 PM             Digital Assets Creation and License [Legal/ CLE 1.25 cr. hr.]

This panel will discuss various forms of content creation, licensing and marketing.

Speakers:

  • Suzette Toledano, Esq., Toledano Entertainment & Arts Law, New Orleans, LA (Moderator)
  • Scott Keniley, Esq., Keniley, Kumar, Atlanta, GA

 

 

 

 

Friday, July 8, 2022

 

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM          Ethics: Vernon P. Thomas Ethics Presentation [Legal/ CLE 1.0 cr. hr.]

This panel will cover rules of professional conduct and Social Justice areas.

Speakers:

  • Judith DeFraites, Esq., New Orleans, LA
  • Tim Kappel, Esq., Wells & Kappel LLP, New Orleans, LA
  • Darryl Cohen, Esq., Cohen, Cooper Estep & Allen, Atlanta, GA

 

 

10:15 AM – 11:15 AM        Securing Film Rights – What does that look like – Effects on Distribution [Legal/ CLE 1.0 cr. hr.]

Speakers:

  • Christoper Szapary, Esq., Provosty & Gankendoff, LLC, New Orleans, LA
  • Darryl Cohen, Esq., Cohen, Cooper Estep & Allen, Atlanta, GA
  • William Ramsey, Esq. Ramsey Law Firm, New Orleans, LA
  • Stephen J. Easley, Esq., Law Office of Stephen J. Easley, Esq.  

 

 

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM        “Financing Methods for Touring, Recording, Live Production, and other entertainment leveraging practices” [Legal/ CLE 1.0 cr. hr.]

There are many ways to find capital for a musician’s career, but what are the options and how do you access them?  It takes money to make money, and as a member of the team that surrounds a music creative, it’s imperative that you can help advise them on these methods. Whether it’s recording a hit, jumping on the live show circuit, selling merch, or marketing, there is an upfront cost that can, at times, feel unattainable to your client.  What can be done do to help fund your clients’ projects and career?  What is the blueprint for success?  This panel will explore common challenges, but more importantly, solutions and tactics to help catapult a creative to their best success.

Speakers:

  • Alex Heiche, Esq. CEO, Sound Royalties (Moderator)
  • Rico Brooks, Owner, Adella Thomas Management, Atlanta
  • Brittney Trigg, Esq., BTRIGGLAW, PLLC, Miami, FL
  • Marc Stollman, Esq., Stollman Law, Miami, FL
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1:15 – 2:00   Developing Writers and Artists in 2022 [Legal/ CLE .75 cr. hr.]

The panel is focused on what deals look like from the guys developing talent and writing the checks. Something that most attorneys needs to understand.

Speakers:

  • Richard Perna, Music Entrepreneur, Music Publisher, IP Rights Aggregator, IP Rights Consultant
  • Bob Doyle, Owner and President of Major Bob/Rio Bravo Music (a well-known publishing and production entity) and Bob Doyle & Associates (a successful artist management firm).  He is also the longtime manager of Garth Brooks.
  • Jeff Brabec, Esq., Senior Vice President Legal and Business Affairs, Board member The MLC, co-author “Music, Money and Success”, Adjunct Professor USC

 

 

2:15 PM – 3:30 PM  NFTs – The Good, The Bad and the Confusing

Our panel discussion includes the basics of Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs), including using music, ticketing/live experiences, and brands in conjunction with promoting and selling them. NFTs are all the rage but managing the intellectual property rights associated with them can be a daunting and confusing proposition. Join us for some cold hard facts and strategies in working on this new business frontier. [Legal/ CLE 1.25 cr. hr.

Speakers:

  • Stephanie Furgang Adwar, Esq., Furgang & Adwar, LLP, New York, NY
  • Monica Cordon, CEO and Founder, Go to Eleven Entertainment
  • Polina Ivko, Esq., Ivko, LLC, New York, NY
  • David Lessoff, Esq. Sr. Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs, Ingrooves Music Group (Moderator)

 

 

3:45 PM – 5:00 PM             What’s New in Synch Licensing: A lot!

With new types of “music centric” shows proliferating on all distribution platforms as well as a significant increase in the production of dramatic shows coupled with feature films now getting “first run” streaming or simultaneous theatre/streaming release dates and many video games now encouraging consumer interactivity within the game, “synch” licensing, in all its forms, has significantly moved away from the standard template.

   This panel will discuss many of the new license provisions, options and rights that need to be dealt with and considered due to the increased complexity of “what is being requested” by content producers in all audio-visual media. Areas discussed include media expansion, turnaround times, fees based on duration, internet bonuses, clip streaming, episode downloads, cross-clearance options with talk shows, renewal terms, international territory uses, streaming options, PRO licenses, promos and trailers, lyric changes and more. [Legal/ CLE 1.25 cr. hr.]

Speakers:

  • Todd Brabec Esq., former ASCAP Executive Vice President, co-author “Music, Money and Success”, Adjunct Professor USC
  • Jeff Brabec, Esq., Senior Vice President Legal and Business Affairs, Board member The MLC, co-author “Music, Money and Success”, Adjunct Professor USC
  • Stephen J. Easley, Esq., Law Office of Stephen J. Easley, Esq.  

 

Saturday, July 9

 

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM           Legal Practice Management: Do’s and Don’ts of Building a Successful Entertainment Law Practice [Legal/ CLE 1.0 cr. hr.]

New Orleans has become a hub for music, film and TV industries, but what does it mean for an attorney and independent music and filmmaking clients. This panel will walk you through maintaining communication with clients, client funds management, and 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:

  • David Dalia, Esq., New Orleans, LA (Moderator)
  • Vernon Wesley Thomas, Esq., New Orleans, LA
  • Tim Kappel, Esq. Wells & Kappel, New Orleans, LA
  • Brittney Trigg, Esq. BTRIGGLAW, PLLC Miami, FL

 

10:15 AM – 11:45 AM        Today’s World of Buying and Selling Copyrights: What’s Changed? [Legal/CLE 1.5 cr. hr.]

       Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Imagine Dragons, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, ZZ Top, Motley Crue-just a few of the iconic music catalogues that have recently been sold for extraordinary sums of money. Some deals involve all future publishing rights and royalties, others hold back a certain percentage of all revenue with still others selling both the music publisher share as well as songwriter income streams.

      This panel will explain what’s new about these types of deals, how they are structured and how purchase prices are arrived at in light of image and likeness rights, ownership of masters, artist royalties and neighboring rights now part of the mix. The major challenges involved with acquisitions will also be discussed as well as the considerations that come into play for sellers and buyers in both the multi-million dollar headline grabbing transactions as well as the smaller catalogue and single song type of deals.

Jeff Brabec, Esq., Senior Vice President Legal and Business Affairs BMG, co-author “Music, Money and Success”, Adjunct Professor USC

Todd Brabec, Esq., former ASCAP Executive Vice President, co-author “Music, Money and Success”, Adjunct Professor USC

Richard Perna, Music Entrepreneur, Music Publisher, IP Rights Aggregator, IP RightsConsultant

Wallace Collins, Esq. New York, NY

 

 

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