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September 27, 2022

Record executive Clive Davis to speak at ABA Entertainment & Sports Forum conference, Oct. 6-8

CHICAGO, Sept. 27, 2022 – Legendary music industry executive Clive Davis will speak at the American Bar Association Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries 44th annual conference, which will be held Oct. 6-8 in Las Vegas.

Davis, the chief creative officer at Sony Music, will chat with entertainment law expert Kenneth Kaufman of Harvard University in a pre-recorded conversation on Friday, Oct. 7 at noon PDT. Davis has mentored or influenced some of the all-time greatest recording artists, including Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin and Alicia Keys.

44th Annual Conference of the Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries
Sponsored by ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries

Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 6-8

Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas
3960 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, Nevada       

Mathew Rosengart, shareholder at Greenberg Traurig and attorney for Britney Spears in her battle to end her conservatorship, will be the featured luncheon speaker on Saturday, Oct. 8 at noon PDT.

Other notable programs include (all times are PDT):

“Wide World of Gambling: How Gambling Has Permeated the Sports & Entertainment Industries” — Panelists will trace recent legal and current events that have been attributed to the growth of gambling and how it permeates sports, entertainment and media. They will discuss what is being done to ensure integrity and ethical practices and provide thoughts about what to expect going forward. Speakers: Justin Fielkow, senior legal counsel, BetMGM, New York City; Brett Scharback, senior vice president and general counsel, Chicago Cubs; Matthew Holt, president and CEO, U.S. Integrity, Las Vegas; Jennifer Roberts, vice president and general counsel, WynnBET, Las Vegas; Scott Petersmeyer, deputy general counsel, vice president, legal and business affairs, Pac-12, San Francisco.

Oct. 6, 1:15-2:15 p.m.

“Litigation Update” — Litigation experts will run down some of the major developments in court cases during the past year and talk about discernible trends and cases likely to be a factor in entertainment and sports law in the coming year. Speakers: Angela de Cespedes, partner, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP, Miami; David Given, partner, Phillips, Erlewine, Given & Carlin LLP, San Francisco; Alicia Jessop, associate professor, Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, California; Tamara Malvin, partner, Akerman LLP, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Oct. 7, 9-10:15 a.m.

“The Metaverse: What This New Immersive Virtual World Means for the Entertainment Industry” — This program will explore the meaning of the “metaverse” and the flood of IP, privacy and regulatory issues involved, including as creators across a range of industries collaborate with each other to create new virtual worlds and nonfungible tokens. In addition, panelists will consider the cross-border and jurisdictional issues that will arise as the metaverse becomes the primary platform for entertainment in the future. Speakers: Mark Tratos, shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, Las Vegas; Stephen Henderson, partner, Cassels, Toronto.

Oct. 7, 10:45 a.m.-noon

“Let’s Sell It All! Considerations in Sales of Name, Image & Likeness (NIL) Rights” — Groundbreaking transactions are being announced nearly every week for the sale of musical artists’ name, likeness and image rights along with and/or apart from sound recordings and musical compositions. Panelists will address the material terms for these transactions, the rationale behind the current trends, factors that the artists should take into consideration in selling and the tax aspects of these transactions. Speakers: Olivier Chastan, founder & CEO, Iconclast, Los Angeles; Charles J. Johnson, managing director, investment banking – Telecom, Media and Entertainment Group, Truist Securities, Atlanta; Henry Root, partner, Smith Entertainment Law Group LLP, Santa Monica, California.

Oct. 7, 2:45-3:45 p.m.

The conference program can be found online. For media registration, please contact Barbranda Walls at [email protected]. Note: All in-person attendees are required to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated or have had a negative COVID test taken within 3 days before entering the event.

The ABA is the largest voluntary association of lawyers in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.