2024 Entertainment and Media Law Conference — March 21, 2024

21st Annual Entertainment and Media Law Conference text against dark city scape of LA

For 21 years, the Media Law Resource Center and Southwestern Law School have hosted an annual forum at which renowned experts discuss the most timely, important, and controversial topics in entertainment and media law. 

Thursday, March 21, 2024
2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. PT

Southwestern Law School
4.25 MCLE Credits offered

Schedule of Events


*Subject to change 

1:00 - 1:45 p.m. — Check-in

1:45 - 1:55 p.m. — Welcome & Introductions

1:55 - 3:15 p.m. — Panel 1

  1. Generative AI in Hollywood

    We’ll explore the legal issues arising out of the creative industry’s use of artificial intelligence tools in entertainment production. Are there risks in using these tools, and do those depend on whether you’re generating text, images, audio, video, or other content? Can existing copyright and right-of-publicity laws (and would-be regulators) handle the nuance? And what about the First Amendment?

    Vince Chieffo headshot

    Vince Chieffo, Greenberg Traurig

    Ben Sheffner

    Ben Sheffner, MPA

    Kelli Sager

    Kelli Sager, Davis Wright Tremaine

    Aimée Wolfson

    Aimée Wolfson, Executive Vice President, Intellectual Property & Deputy General Counsel, Sony Pictures Entertainment

  2. Panel 1 CLE Materials


3:15 - 3:30 p.m. — Break

3:30 - 4:30 p.m. — Panel 2

  1. Substantial Hurdles on Substantial Similarity

    In the Ninth Circuit, it has become increasingly difficult to get copyright infringement cases arising from film and TV productions dismissed due to lack of substantial similarity at the motion to dismiss stage.  Even summary judgments have become more difficult to obtain, and the disparate treatment that judges are according to these cases has serious First Amendment implications.  How did we get here, and what strategies are people using to deal with this issue? Is there a split between federal circuits? Are there other quick ways out of these cases?


    David Aronoff headshot

    David Aronoff, Fox Rothschild

    David Grossman

    David Grossman, Loeb & Loeb

    Zazi Pope

    Zazi Pope, Mediator/Arbitrator, Signature Resolution

    Robert H. Rotstein

    Robert H. Rotstein, author and attorney, Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP


  2. Panel 2 CLE Materials


4:30 - 4:45 p.m. — Break

4:45 - 5:45 p.m. — Breakout Sessions

  1. Breakout Sessions

    Conference attendees will be able to choose between three moderated breakouts during this block focused on group participation and sharing of ideas among participants.


    Using a hypothetical based on recent developments, we’ll discuss how substantial similarity in music is off on its own track (so to speak), AI-generated “sound-alikes” and style copies, joint authorship and remote collaboration in the Zoom era, and other topics of interest to attendees.

    Bradley Mullins

    Bradley Mullins, Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp

    Tracy Rane

    Tracy Rane, Kibler Fowler & Cave

    Media Deals

    We’ll find our way through the thicket of the interaction between deal-making and documentary production. What issues do you need to consider when negotiating with the subject of the documentary? Can you really not pay the subject of the doc? How do you handle editorial/creative/business approvals if the subject of the doc (or their production company) is executive producing the doc? Can you leverage the social media accounts of the subject in the production and promotion of the doc? Can production standards be both ethical and competitive in this market?  

    Alexia Bedat headshot

    Alexia Bedat, Klaris Law 

    Dale Cohen headshot

    Dale Cohen, Special Counsel, "Frontline,” and
    Director of the Documentary Film Legal Clinic at UCLA School of Law

     The Public Domain

    As more and more high-profile works and characters enter into the public domain each year, we’ll discuss what can and can’t be done with this intellectual property. How do you distinguish between versions of a character? What happens when a character is also a trademark? How important are public domain works for training artificial intelligence? Do works created by artificial intelligence simply enter the public domain upon creation?  

    Art Neill headshot

    Art Neill, Executive Director & Associate Clinical Professor, New Media Rights/California Western School of Law

    Erika Lee headshot

    Erika Lee, Assistant Director, New Media Rights/California Western School of Law

  2. Breakout Sessions CLE Materials



     Media Deals

    The Public Domain


5:45 - 6:00 p.m. — Break

6:00 - 7:00 p.m. — Panel 3

  1. Journalism and the First Amendment

    This session will discuss news coverage of major events (including the Israel-Hamas War, the Ukraine-Russia War, and the upcoming ’24 election), focusing on issues of bias, access and coverage, silos and polarization, disinformation, defamation, and more.

    George Freeman headshot

    George Freeman, MLRC

    Jeff Glasser

    Jeff Glasser, General Counsel, Los Angeles Times

    Adam Nagourney

    Adam Nagourney, author and journalist, New York Times

    Terry Tang

    Terry Tang, Interim Executive Editor, Los Angeles Times

    Adam B. Vary

    Adam B. Vary, Senior Entertainment Writer, Variety

  2. Panel 3 CLE Materials


7:00 - 8:00 p.m. — Catered Reception


Thank You to our sponsors

Reception Sponsor

MiC Specialty

Coffee Break Sponsor

Jeff Kichaven Commercial Mediation

Conference Sponsors

Ballard Spahr, CNA Insurance, Davis Wright Tremaine, Fox Rothschild

Jassy Vick Carolan, Jenner & Block, Katten Muchin Rosenman, Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp, Motion Picture Association, QBE Insurance