Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

News Release

December 01, 2003
Conference to Explore Legal Issues of “Reality” Programming

On Thursday, January 29, Southwestern’s Donald E. Biederman Entertainment & Media Law Institute, in collaboration with the Media Law Resource Center, will present "The New Reality: Current Legal Issues in Fact-Based & Unscripted Programming." The event will take place on the 2nd floor of the Bullocks Wilshire building from 3 – 7:30 p.m., with a reception, sponsored by the law firms of Davis Wright Tremaine and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Sloane & Richman.

The program will feature three moderated panels focused on legal issues related to mass media "reality" shows, such as "Survivor" and "The Bachelor," and celebrity-based journalism. Panels include: "A Surreal Reality: Hot Issues in Reality Television," moderated by Andrea Hartman, Senior VP and Deputy General Counsel, NBC; "Private Reality: The Continuing Development of Privacy Law," moderated by Kelli Sager, Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine; and "Unsettled Areas of Law," moderated by Gary Bostwick, Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine. Panelists will include experts from the entertainment and media industries and the legal profession.

A brochure detailing the entire program is available from the Institute Office. Registration is $25 for students. General fees are $75 prior to January 15 and $85 thereafter.