Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

News Release

January 12, 2005
Leading Entertainment Execs and Attorneys to Discuss Key Legal Issues

Southwestern Law School’s Donald E. Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute, along with the Media Law Resource Center, present a program on key issues in entertainment and media law.

Dorothy's observation to her trusty dog Toto that "we're not in Kansas anymore," should resonate with any lawyer representing entertainment and media clients in the current environment. Lawyers practicing in these fields face a constantly shifting and increasingly unfamiliar legal landscape. The seemingly insatiable quest for new, more aggressive formats forces lawyers to venture into uncharted territory. Recent developments inject considerable uncertainty even into more traditional staples of entertainment and media practice. And an increasingly mobile industry frequently demands that counsel offer services in multiple jurisdictions.

In four panels, I’m A Lawyer, Help Me Out Here, a conference presented by Southwestern Law School’s Donald E. Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute and the Media Law Resource Center, addresses issues critical to anyone practicing entertainment and media law in today’s complex and dynamic environment with leaders in the entertainment industry.

The event, being held on Thursday, January 27, 2005 from 3:00 to 7:15pm on the Southwestern Law School campus in Los Angeles, will feature: Maren Christensen, Senior Vice President and Intellectual Property Counsel for NBC Universal; David Cohen, Vice President of Legal Affairs for ABC, Inc.; David Decker, Senior Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs for Telepictures Productions, Inc.; Joanne Garvey, with the law firm of Heller Ehrman, emphasizing in state and local taxation law; Jay James, Vice President of Programming for E! Studios; Beth Jones, Assistant General Counsel for CBS Television; Glen Kulik, a partner with the law firm of Kulik, Gottesman, Mouton & Siegel, specializing in representing talent in entertainment industry litigation and transactions involving film, television and music; Robert Lind, Professor of Law at Southwestern and a leading scholar in the fields of copyright, trademark, entertainment and art law; Steven Perry, a partner with the law firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson, with an extensive media and entertainment law practice; Lou Petrich, a partner with the law firm of Leopold, Petrich & Smith, with a broad entertainment and media practice; Zazi Pope, Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Warner Brothers; John Saade, Vice President of Alternative Series and Specials for ABC; Kelli Sager, a partner with the law firm of Davis Wright Tremaine, representing a wide variety of television, radio, motion picture, newspaper, and magazine clients in media and entertainment litigation matters; Alan Saxe, a consultant for Warner Brothers, whose previous positions include Executive Vice President for Telepictures Productions, Inc. and Executive Vice President of Legal and Business Affairs for Warner Brothers Domestic Television Distribution; Minna Taylor, Senior Vice President of Legal Affairs for Fox Broadcasting Company; James Towery, chair of the litigation group at the law firm of Hoge, Fenton, Jones & Appel; and Mark Tuft, a partner with the law firm of Cooper, White & Cooper, where he is principally engaged in a broad-based commercial and criminal trial practice, including media, defamation and related First Amendment litigation.

The four panels, "The Real Deal: What You Need to Know About the Business of Reality," "When Imitation Isn’t Flattering: Dealing with Idea Submission Claims," "Don’t Be a Stooge: The Ever-Changing Right of Publicity" and "On the Road: The Ethical Perils of Multi-Jurisdictional Practice," provide 3.5 hours CLE credit, including 1.00 of legal ethics. A reception sponsored by David Wright Tremaine and Leopold, Petrich & Smith will follow.

Southwestern Law School is located at 3050 Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles. Parking is available for $5. Early registration (before January 15) is $85; after that, the cost is $95; student registration is $25. Questions may be directed to Tamara Moore in Southwestern's Biederman Institute.