Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

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 Leading Media and Entertainment Industry Attorneys and Executives Discuss "Fast Times in Hollywood" at Southwestern January 09, 2009
Leading Media and Entertainment Industry Attorneys and Executives Discuss "Fast Times in Hollywood" at Southwestern

Reality television has become a forum for discovering new talent. Once relegated to the tabloids, celebrity media now infiltrates the Internet, mainstream publications and TV news. Product placement, sponsorship and in-text advertising now blur the line between creative and editorial substance verses promotional content, complicating deal making and legal issues. On Thursday, January 15, these issues will be the subject of "Fast Times in Hollywood: Keeping Up with Cutting Edge Issues in Entertainment and Media Law." The event, offering four hours of CLE credit, will take place from 2:15 to 7:00 p.m. on the Southwestern campus.

The sixth annual conference presented by both Southwestern's Biederman Institute and the Media Law Resource Center (MLRC) will feature prominent entertainment attorneys and industry executives who will explore the uncertain and quickly evolving legal landscape connected with these issues. The three panels include "Is Reality TV the New Schwab's Drugstore?" "Celebrity Mania," and "What Happens When Protected Speech Meets Embedded Promotions? Product Integration, Sponsorship, and Ad-Linking."

The distinguished list of presenters includes: David G. Stanley, Greenberg, Glusker, Fields, Claman & Machtinger; John Ferriter, Executive Vice President and Worldwide Head of Non-Scripted Television, William Morris Agency; David C. Shall, Executive Vice President, Business Operations/General Counsel, Fremantle Media North America, Inc.; Scott Whitehead, Colden McKuin & Frankel; Bradley H. Ellis, Sidley Austin; Timothy L. Alger, Deputy General Counsel, Litigation, Google, Inc.; Deborah Drooz, Stroock, Stroock & Lavan; Louis Petrich, Leopold, Petrich & Smith; Jeremy Williams, Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Warner Brothers; Bruce Johnson, Davis Wright Tremaine; Jennifer Dominitz, Vice President, Legal Affairs, NBC Universal Television; Pratheepan Gulasekaram, Assistant Professor, Santa Clara University School of Law; Anna Kassoway, Senior Vice President Global Marketing & Creative, Vibrant Media; and Daniel O'Connell Offner, Nixon Peabody.

Event registration is $125. Student registration is $25. The conference brochure and registration form can be found online. Questions may be directed to Southwestern's Biederman Institute. Southwestern is located at 3050 Wilshire Blvd. in Los Angeles. Parking is available for $6 and a map and directions may be found online.