Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

Charting the Unknowns: Digital Entertainment, Content Regulation & Crisis Management

Thursday, January 14, 2010

2:15 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Reception to follow
Southwestern Campus

Presented by Southwestern's Biederman Institute and the Media Law Resource Center

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Co-Sponsored by

Conference Planning Committee

  • Sandra S. Baron, Executive Director, Media Law Resource Center, Inc.
  • Vincent Chieffo, Greenberg Traurig
  • David Cohen, Vice President, Legal, ABC
  • Maherin Gangat, Staff Attorney, Media Law Resource Center, Inc.
  • David Kohler, Director and Tamara Moore, Associate Director, Southwestern's Biederman Institute
  • Kent Raygor, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton
  • Steve Rogers, Senior Vice President, Business Affairs, Showtime Networks Inc.

In Memory of David C. Kohler

Registration Fees

$100 before January 1
$125 after January 1 or at door
$25 for Students


CLE Credit

This conference offers 4 hours of CLE credit. Southwestern is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider.


Click here for map and directions to Southwestern. Parking is available on campus for $6.


Contact the Biederman Institute.


1:00 - 2:15 p.m. Registration
2:15 - 2:30 p.m. Welcome and Introductions
2:30 - 3:50 p.m.

The New Frontier in Digital Entertainment

Developments in digital entertainment have raised a host of issues for studios, networks and talent. This panel will look at three types that are popular today - webisodes, video games and viral video marketing - from both a guild and deal-making perspective. It will explore:

  • What should talent expect in webisode negotiations?
  • What are the pitfalls in making a video game based on an existing audiovisual work?
  • After YouTube and Facebook, what is the next frontier for viral marketing?
  • What is the responsibility of studios/networks with respect to user generated viral marketing?

David Halberstadter, Katten Muchin Rosenman

Allison Binder, Stone, Meyer, Genow, Smelkinson & Binder
  Leon Schulzinger, Senior Vice President, Labor Relations, CBS
  Anthony Segall, Rothner, Segall, Greenstone and Leheny
3:50 - 4:05 p.m. Break
4:05 - 5:25 p.m. Sex, Minors and Videotape

The Bush administration aggressively pushed the regulatory envelope on so-called profane and indecent speech, as well as with respect to adult content and its promotion and advertising. But, what direction will the new Administration take? This panel will discuss developments in these areas of content regulation by the FCC, FTC, and Congress, including:

  • What is the aftermath of recent FCC cases (fleeting expletives and Janet Jackson's wardrobe malfunction)?
  • What is the most realistic perspective on the standards for sanctioning profanity and indecent speech for broadcast and cable programming?
  • How will online advertising displaying adult content be regulated?
  • What are the new record-keeping requirements for simulated sexual conduct?

Jonathan Anschell, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, CBS Television

Elizabeth Casey, Senior Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs, Standards & Practices, Fox Cable Networks
  Jim Dietle, Senior Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs, Playboy Entertainment Group
  Alan Simpson, Vice President of Policy, Common Sense Media
5:25 - 5:40 p.m. Break

5:40 - 7:00 p.m.

Catastrophes: Case Studies - Can Attorneys Work Well with Others to Manage and Survive Big Problems?

There have been several high-profile crises impacting studios, networks and production companies on individual productions and projects in the last few years. This panel will look back in time to analyze some of these past incidents and what lessons can be applied to future problems:

  • Use of fictitious critic quotes.
  • When there are threats of violence against your actors.
  • When your promotion results in calls to the bomb squad.
  • When your program results in a ban by a foreign government.
Moderator: Alonzo Wickers, Davis Wright Tremaine

Hope J. Boonshaft, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Hill & Knowlton
  Karen Magid, Executive Vice President, Litigation, Paramount Pictures
  Vincent Chieffo, Greenberg Traurig
7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Reception