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Facing Reality: The New Paradigm in Television Law and Business

Reality programming has evolved legal and business parameters that differ significantly from traditional scripted programming. From the underlying business model to advertising budgets and from labor relations implications to liability concerns, these shows have created a new production and distribution model. Broadcasters must deal with liability claims from dismissed and disgruntled contestants. Producers and advertisers have broad opportunities to develop new ways to advertise and to pay for content including product placement, integration and sponsorships. These issues are further compounded by unresolved labor relations questions about guild jurisdiction and compensation for amateurs and professional performers, writers and directors. At this event, hosted by the Association of Media & Entertainment Council, a panel of top industry experts will address the definitive questions for anyone involved in programming, producing and/or broadcasting reality shows.

Jody Simon, Partner, Raskin Peter Rubin & Simon (Moderator).
Vernon G. Chu, Vice President, Legal & Business Affairs, BBC Worldwide Americas, Inc.
Shelley E. Reid, Vice President, Business Affairs, Scripps Networks, Inc.
Kenneth R. Florin, Partner, Loeb & Loeb