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From Hollywood to South Beach: The First Annual International Legal Symposium on the World of Music, Film and Television

Loeb & Loeb LLP is proud to announce that partner Robert Sullivan will be speaking on a panel entitled Advanced Topics in Entertainment Related Litigation at the American Bar Association's From Hollywood to South Beach: The First Annual International Legal Symposium on the World of Music, Film and Television.

From the ABA website:

THURSDAY, APRIL 22, 2010

8:00 am – 5:30 pm
Registration

9:00 am – 9:30 am
A Symposium VIP Interview with Kirk Schroder, Chair, ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries
Interviewed by Hello Hollywood’s Renè Katz, Mr. Schroder discusses the Forum’s role for attorneys within the entertainment, arts and sports industries, and its commitment to legal education and other pertinent programs.

9:30 am – 9:40 am
Break

9:40 am – 11:10 am
Tunes on TV: Representing Your Client’s Intellectual Property Interests in the Corporate Transactional Maze of Music on Television in Entertainment and Sports Programming
This panel of the Symposium will deal with the pertinent legal and ethical issues regarding the protection of intellectual property rights of your client in the presentation and negotiation of the licensing of music on television for entertainment and sports programming, with emphasis on the need for the avoidance of litigation and alternate dispute resolution.
MODERATOR:

  • Leslie Jose Zigel, Esq., Principal, Ziglaw, Miami, FL

 

PANELISTS:

  • Joseph Arrington II, Esq., J. Arrington II, LLC, Atlanta, GA
    On music
  • Laurie H. Anton, Esq., Law Offices of Laurie Hannan-Anton, Fort Myers, FL
    On mediation
  • Gregory L. Curtner, Esq., Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, PLC, New York, NY and Ann Arbor, MI
    On sports
  • Stephen G. Weizenecker, Esq., Weizenecker Group, LLC, Atlanta, GA
    On music and entertainment

 

11:10 am – 11:20 am
Break

11:20 am – 12:50 pm
Getting Reel About Making It in Hollywood
This panel will offer an in-depth discussion that will cover what it takes, from a creative and legal standpoint, for experienced attorneys to find success within the motion picture and television industries, and take their clients to the top, with attention to the avoidance of litigation and ethical considerations.
MODERATOR:

  • Richard Warren Rappaport, Esq., Adorno & Yoss LLP, Boca Raton and Miami, FL

 

PANELISTS:

  • Adrienne S. Alexander, Esq., Law Offices of Adrienne S. Alexander, Atlanta, GA
    On film and television
  • Peter J. Dekom, Esq., Of Counsel, Weissmann Wolff Bergman Coleman Grodin & Evall, Beverly Hills, CA
    On film and television
  • Garry O’Donnell, Esq., Adorno & Yoss LLP, Boca Raton, FL
    On Alternate Dispute Resolution
  • Pat Quinn, Partner/Manager, Quinn Media Management, Beverly Hills, CA
    On film and television
  • Kate Burgauer, Editor and President, Compass Rose Creative Services, Ltd., Ozark, IL
    On editing manuscripts and screenplays

 

12:50 pm – 1:00 pm
Break
During Thursday’s panels, attendees are treated to a boxed
lunch. The Symposium luncheon will be Friday, April 23.

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Authentic Persuasion – The Latest Research
What’s the best way for you to be authentically persuasive so you may become a better advocate for your clients, who can then become willing referral sources for your services? Finding out may be more important than you realize. Research shows that a person’s natural ability to be persuasive is one of the most important factors in their career success. A study of more than 250,000 exceptional performers concluded that the best don’t rely on gimmicks or theatrics to be persuasive. Rather, they are able to tap into their own inherent patterns of thought, feeling and behavior. This allows them to rely on their innate strengths and develop a unique way to present information, build trust, and seek commitments. A new assessment tool, TalentProfiler™, has been introduced that can help uncover your best approach to each of the three important elements of persuasion. Each attendee will be able to take an on-line SRG TalentProfiler™ assessment prior to the program, and will receive an in-depth report highlighting their natural talents in these areas. The session will focus on how to interpret your TalentProfiler™ results and develop an authentic communication style that is consistent with your unique talent configuration.
PANELISTS:

  • Benson Smith, Founding Partner, Sales Research Group, Duluth, GA
  • Darryl Cohen, Esq., Cohen Cooper Estep & Allen, LLC Atlanta, GA

 

2:30 pm – 2:40 pm
Break

2:40 pm – 4:10 pm
Dealing with the Money: Advising Your Celebrity Client on How to Offset Against All Federal Increases in Income, Gift and Estate Taxes, and Utilizing Asset Protection Planning Techniques in Conjunction with Pre- and Post Marital Agreements and Divorce Settlements
Your successful sports and entertainment clients may be the ones that bear the brunt of the cost of our federal deficit, increased estate taxes, and the health insurance reform. This panel, composed of the doctors of income tax planning, estate planning and asset protection planning, will cover the sophisticated planning mechanisms and tools indigenous to each of these areas, and tactical considerations in preparing pre- and post-marital settlement agreements as well as ethical considerations in divorce litigation.
MODERATOR:

  • Howard J. Wiener, Esq., Howard J. Wiener & Associates, PL, West Palm Beach, FL

 

PANELISTS:

  • Nancy B. Beilin, Esq., U.S. Representative for ATC, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Marty Cass, Cass Levy & Leone, LC, CPAs, an Alpern Rosenthal Company, West Palm Beach, FL
  • Kenneth Hackett, Hackett Pickering Daugherty & Daugherty, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Lewis Kapner, Esq., Kapner, Calebrese & Kapner, PA, West Palm Beach, FL
  • Mark Waniewski, PMI Resource, Shreveport, LA

 

4:10 pm – 4:20 pm
Break

4:20 pm – 5:50 pm
South Beach Stories: How to Find Success in the EntertainmentIndustry Based Outside of Los Angeles
The panel will cover the fascinating legal, business, and ethical aspects of the path to professional success in the entertainment industry for attorneys based outside of Los Angeles, including a discussion of the avoidance of litigation and legal pitfalls in the process. The panel will cover pertinent topics for the practitioner in music, television and sports, such as issues on neighboring rights, network contract negotiations in representing talent on television and the representation of athletes in endorsement deals.
MODERATOR:

  • Kirk Schroder, Esq., Schroder Fidlow & Titley, PLCCharlottesville and Richmond, VA

 

PANELISTS:

  • David Bercuson, Esq., Law Offices, David Bercuson, PA, Miami, FL
    On music and television
  • Alan Fertel, Esq., Pathman Lewis LLP, Miami, FL
    On sports and sports radio
  • Kim Kolback, Esq., Law Offices of Kimberly Kolback, Miami, FL
    On sports and music
  • David Slutsker, Esq., Law Offices of David Slutsker, Aventura, FL
    On television and sports

 

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Wines of the World Symposium
VIP Reception: Our symposium guests will be treated to visits to tables of our participating sponsors, featuring complimentary wines from particular parts of the world as well as cigars.

FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 2010

7:30 am – 5:30 pm
Registration

7:30 am – 8:30 am
Continental Breakfast

8:00 am – 9:00 am
Minding Your P’s and “Karats.” Professional Responsibility, Conflicts and Confidentiality.
This panel will explore the ethical dilemmas that are intrinsic to the practice of entertainment and sports law, and will provide tips for analyzing and preventing ethical problems and issues encountered as the practitioner deals with the thicket of business and legal interests of the successful “big karat” client.
PANELISTS:

  • Professor Anthony V. Alfieri, Director, Center for Ethics and Public Service, University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, FL
  • Jan L. Jacobowitz, Esq., Director, Ethics & Professional Responsibility Program, Center for Ethics and Public Service, University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, FL
    The Symposium welcomes Professor Jacobowitz’s students from the University of Miami School of Law, who will be assisting in this presentation.

 

9:00 am – 10:30 am
From Your Carpet to the Red Carpet: Legal and Business Considerations in Film and Television
The panel will consider advanced issues relating to representation of screenwriters and authors in film and television and on the internet. Discussions will include preventative measures to avoid litigation, proper clearance of all rights in the development of content, the role of internet content providers, and production and distribution of motion picture and television projects for theatrical release, as well as ethical considerations in relation thereto.
MODERATOR:

  • Kirk Schroder, Esq., Schroder Fidlow & Titley, PLC Charlottesville and Richmond, VA

 

PANELISTS:

  • Marvin Arrington, Jr., Esq., Arrington Law Firm, Atlanta, GA
    Representing the distributor
  • Eric S. Brown, Esq., Franklin, Weinrib, Rudell & Vassallo, PC, New York, NY
    Representing the author/underlying rights owner
  • Darryl Cohen, Esq., Cohen Cooper Estep & Allen, Atlanta, GA
    Representing the talent
  • Richard Warren Rappaport, Esq., Adorno & Yoss LLP, Boca Raton and Miami, FL
    Representing the producer
  • Howard J. Wiener, Esq., Howard J. Wiener & Associates, PL, West Palm Beach, FL
    Representing the screenwriter/author on creating the legal entity
  • Leslie Jose Zigel, Esq., Principal, Ziglaw, Miami, FL
    Representing the screenwriter/author

 

10:30 am – 10:40 am
Break

10:40 am – 12:10 pm
Music and Publishing Deals in a Digital World
The panel will examine advanced issues in music and publishing, including 360 degree deals, the role of production and furnishing companies, self distribution and emerging economic business models, and ethical issues relating to these areas.
MODERATOR:

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

 

PANELISTS:

  • Todd Brabec, Author, “Music Money and Success,” Music Licensing Consultant, and Former Executive Vice President, ASCAP, Los Angeles, CA
    Representing the music licensing company
  • Joseph Serling, Esq., Serling, Rooks & Ferrara, New York, NY
    Representing the emerging artist
  • Marc Stollman, Esq., S2BN Entertainment, Miami Beach, FL
    Representing the label
  • Andy Tavel, Esq., Greenberg Traurig LLP, New York, NY
    Representing the furnishing company

 

12:15 pm – 2:00 pm
Luncheon
Our luncheon speaker will be Peter J. Dekom, Esq., Of Counsel, Weissmann Wolff Bergman Coleman Grodin & Evall, Beverly Hills, CA. His address is titled “The Other Side of the New Wall: A Ground-Up Re-Examination of the Motion Picture Industry (and a Wink at Television).”
Following Mr. Dekom’s address, and in honor of the late international composer and pianist Richard Nanes, the Forum will recognize the legendary Don Kirshner, “The Man with the Golden Ear,” for his lifetime achievements in music, entertainment and the arts. The award will be presented to Mr. Kirshner by Howard J. Wiener, Esq.

2:10 pm – 3:40 pm
Trademark & Copyright Issues for the Entertainment Lawyer
The panel will consider advanced topics relative to protection of the client’s copyrights and trademarks and other intellectual property issues, including protecting content in client websites and proving infringement and access, damages, fair use and other issues and defenses, as well as all ethical considerations.
MODERATOR:

  • Tim Warnock, Esq., Riley, Warnock & Jacobson, Nashville, TN

 

PANELISTS:

  • Adrienne S. Alexander, Esq., Law Offices of Adrienne S. Alexander, Atlanta, GA
    Representing the artist
  • John Bradley, Esq., Law Offices, John Bradley, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    Representing the content provider
  • Karl Braun, Esq., Hall, Boothe, Smith & Slover, Nashville, TN
    Representing the party accused of infringement
  • Brian Caplan, Esq., Caplan & Ross, New York, NY
    Representing the artist

 

3:40 pm – 3:50 pm
Break

3:50 pm – 5:20 pm
Advanced Topics in Entertainment Related Litigation
The panel will explore advanced issues of royalty fee disputes, celebrity goodwill and personal rights claims, and disputes between artists and record companies, managers and others, including ethical issues relative to such disputes.
MODERATOR:

  • Richard C. Wolfe, Esq., Ehrenstein Charbonneau Calderin, PL Miami, FL

 

PANELISTS:

  • Jonathan Davis, Esq., Jonathan D Davis, P.C., New York, NY
    Representing the record company
  • Paul Licalsi, Esq., Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp, New York, NY
    Representing the artist
  • Robert Sullivan, Esq., Loeb & Loeb, Nashville, TN
    Representing the manager

 

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
VIP Reception Poolside

SATURDAY, APRIL 24, 2010

Exhibit Room – The World of Facial Treatments and Presentation of
Stella & Dot Jewelry

8:00 am – 10:30 am
Information Desk

8:00 am – 9:00 am
Continental Breakfast

9:00 am – 10:30 am
Sports Saturday
This panel will discuss the negotiations of contracts and other relevant agreements in the world of sports, the relationship between the sports agent and the attorney, salary caps, and other pertinent issues, including ethics, in transactional negotiations, with a focus on the avoidance of litigation.
MODERATOR:

  • Kenneth Hackett, Hackett Pickering Daugherty & Daugherty, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

 

PANELISTS:

  • Howard J. Wiener, Esq., Howard J. Wiener & Associates, PL, West Palm Beach, FL
  • Michael “Mike” Jarvis, Head Coach, Florida Atlantic University Basketball, Boca Raton, FL