Live Conference Recordings
This plenary session will gather legal thought leaders and advocates to discuss and dissect the evolving role of civil rights and social justice in the entertainment industry. Our expert panel will assess and analyze the legacy and historical challenges of social activism in the entertainment industries, inequities in legal and commercial business structures, and the roles of counsel advising individual and corporate clients navigating this complicated but compelling and crucial terrain. With issues ranging from leadership diversity and workplace initiatives, to police and community relationships, to building cultures of inclusion and accountability, this panel dialogue will assess recent high-profile activism in music, television, film, theater, literature, as well as the role of talent, production, and companies in engaging in civil discourse and action on matters of prejudice, bias, discrimination and abuse.
Live entertainment and sports including film and television production were all shuttered during the COVID-19 pandemic. The economic consequences are just beginning to be fully realized. How are the different industries dealing with the economic crisis that has emerged from the pandemic? What are the plans for emerging from these dual crises? Importantly, even when the performers and players return, when will the audience feel comfortable in large crowds, close venues, and indoor environments? This session will address the legal and business considerations confronting the entertainment and sports industries caused by the pandemic and resulting economic collapse.
Join industry experts in the rapidly evolving world of college sports as they explain and debate the latest developments in student-athlete name, image, and likeness (NIL) rights. College sports insiders will share the latest insights on NIL evolution, with updates on pending lawsuits, state and federal legislation, new NCAA policies, and student-athlete organizing. Our team of experts will share how schools are adapting in real-time and on-the-ground planning for the resulting impact on recruiting, sponsorships, social media, branding, and Title IX issues. Finally, panelists will explore how the COVID-19 pandemic could influence NIL in the midst of reopening and return-to-play protocols.
Litigation Update - Sponsored by: Riley, Warnock & Jacobson, PLC
This last year has seen landmark decisions on a variety of issues in Entertainment Law–Sports, Music, Film and Television, and other key areas. A panel of litigation experts will run down some of the major developments in Court cases during the past year. This must-see event for all attendees will present practice tips and lessons learned from the litigation during the past year. The panel will also talk about discernible trends and cases likely to be a major factor in Entertainment Law in the coming year.
Entertainment law continues to be a dynamic and evolving practice that is becoming more and more accessible to lawyers desiring to work in this area. The panel consists of entertainment lawyers experienced in a variety of entertainment fields. They will discuss what they learned about breaking into the practice of entertainment law and what they do to keep and maintain a practice in this area. Topics will include practice development, entertainment law resources, and the difference between in-house and private practice and many others.
On the cusp of a new decade, this plenary session will gather legal thought leaders and advocates to discuss and dissect the evolving role of civil rights and social justice issues in the industry of sports. Our expert panel will assess the legacy of social activism in sports, its effects on commercial business, and the roles of counsel advising individual and corporate clients navigating this complicated but compelling terrain. With issues ranging from diversity of leadership to police and community relationships to cultures of inclusion, panel dialogue will assess recent high-profile incidents of social activism in sports, as well as the role of individual athletes and their teams, leagues and companies in engaging in civil discourse and action on matters of prejudice and discrimination.
Keynote Address (non-CLE/CPE), Sponsored by Borro
The Honorable Dina Titus, United States House of Representatives, 1st Congressional District, Nevada, United States House of Representatives, Las Vegas, NV
The nonprofit theatrical and performing arts sector in the United States is experiencing a pivotal industry-wide disruption on account of the global effects of the pandemic. What strategies are being employed to keep the organizational lights on, even when the theater is dark? What operational safety protocols are being implemented? How are arts leaders and funders regrouping and using this time to innovate programmatically and re-envision their business models? How are they staying connected to the communities that provide the vast majority of philanthropic support? What are the key legal, governance questions, and fiduciary considerations when looking to an organization’s endowment as an alternative source of stop-gap funding? This panel of professional leaders in the theatre and performing arts will explore each of these issues as viewed from the lens of exempt organization compliance, major metropolitan performing arts centers, arts funders, regional theatres, and performing arts companies.
Steven Adelman, Founder, Adelman Law Group, PLLC and Vice President, Event Safety Alliance, Las Vegas, NV
Within just a few weeks after the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered live events in the United States, robust treatises such as the Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide started to be released about how to mitigate the new risks in a reasonably healthy and safe way. A consensus quickly emerged around the importance of three things: social distancing, face covering, and hand washing. Nonetheless, reopening live events remains a mess. This session will explore clients’ actual exposure to COVID-19 negligence claims, how they can mitigate the risk of litigation, and help you advise them to avoid the more obvious self-inflicted wounds as they reopen during this “new abnormal.”
Steven A. Adelman is head of Adelman Law Group, PLLC in Scottsdale, Arizona, and Vice President of the Event Safety Alliance. His law practice focuses on risk and safety at live events throughout North America, and he serves as an expert witness in crowd-related lawsuits.
The Music Modernization Act (MMA), officially signed into law October 11, 2018, is the most significant reform to copyright law since the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998. To address challenges in the music streaming ecosystem, the MMA strives to create a modernized and equitable approach to licensing and royalty payments in digital music, balancing the needs of songwriters, publishers, and digital service providers (DSPs) to create a more streamlined ecosystem for all. The MMA-established Mechanical Licensing Collective (The MLC) will begin administering blanket mechanical licenses to DSPs in January 2021. This panel will explore the law and what implementation of the MLC will mean for songwriters, publishers, DSPs and other key stakeholders.
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What are the key legal issues facing in-house legal departments in the sports and entertainment industries? How are those issues similar and different to each other and to other industries? Join our expert panel of General Counsels for an insider’s look at the current legal landscape of the sports and entertainment industries.