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33rd Annual UCLA Entertainment Symposium:


Date/Time :3/6/2009 12:00 PM - 3/7/2009 3:45 PM
Location :Freud Playhouse at Macgowan Hall, UCLA
Description :

Friday, March 6

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.         
CLE/CPE REGISTRATION

1:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.           
WELCOME

1:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.           
Cross Currents of Globalization
Distribution of US produced content has been a decidedly one-way street from Hollywood to the US and then to the rest of the world, but as global content platforms move to acquire all rights for all markets, some business models will need to evolve and others may break.

Presenter:   Tom Wolzien, Founder, Wolzien, LLC

1:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.           
The Global View
This panel will provide an overview of where we are and where we are going on a worldwide basis as a result of global confluences, including (a) financing, revenue, and currency trends and (b) the current economic chaos.

Moderator:   Schuyler M. Moore, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP

Panelists:  
Ashok Amritraj, Chairman and CEO, Hyde Park Entertainment     
Patrick Wachsberger, President and CEO, Summit Entertainment

2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.           
Effect of Globalization on the Movie Business
How film companies in Hollywood and their decisions are affected by globalization, including the following developments:  (i) the growth of international audiences and foreign source revenues; the mandate to retain international distribution rights in order to capture international film rentals; will the necessity of pre-selling rebound with the demise of hedge funds and non-studio sources of financing in light of the global financial meltdown; the effect of globalization on creative/artistic decisions concerning choice of subject matter and talent for a particular film; marketing and releasing strategies (e.g., world-wide, near simultaneous releases and global promotions); (ii) vast increase in Hollywood studios involvement in local language productions; growth of international cinema facilitating local language productions with higher budgets; (iii) Hollywood activities in emerging markets of the world (India/Russia/Korea and other Asian countries/Mexico and Latin America); (iv) growth of international distributors, groups and other arrangements not dependent on involvement of US domestic distributor; (v) how different is Hollywood today as contrasted with 10 or more years ago, and how will it be in the future, as a result of globalization?  How does globalization impact the choice of films being made under the control of Hollywood and/or the creative elements in those films?

Moderator:   Kenneth Kleinberg, Kleinberg Lopez Lange Cuddy & Klein LLP 

Panelists:  
Steven N. Bersch, President, Sony Pictures worldwide acquisition group   
Richard Fox, Executive Vice President, International, Warner Bros. Entertainment 
Geoffrey Gilmore, Chief Creative Officer, Tribeca Enterprises, LLC
Hal Sadoff, Head of International and Independent Film, International Creative Management, Inc.

3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.           
BREAK

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.           
Effect of Globalization on the TV Business
How US TV deals and the business are affected by issues such as: (i) increasing growth and sophistication of format trade between US and other countries; (ii) co-productions between US and international production companies; (iii) Cross-border ventures (NBC buying Carnival TV in UK; Shine TV in UK buying Reveille); (iv) Market for global sales of US TV product - dramas, comedies and movies and mini-series and features to TV stations; (v) growth of ancillary markets based on US TV product a la High School Musical; and (vi) discussion of sample deals.

Moderator:   Rick Rosen, Partner, Endeavor

Panelists:  
Lee Bartlett, Managing Director, ITV Global Content  
Howard Kurtzman, Executive Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs, 20th Century Fox Television
Mark Pedowitz, President, ABC Studios  
Jane Tranter, Executive Vice President Programming and Production, BBC Worldwide America

4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.           
Traveling Through The Gaming World Without Getting Your Passport Revoked
Games and social networking companies create alternative worlds, and enable players and visitors to escape this one.  The panel will explore a number of topics exploring how the alternative universes intersect with the real world, including: issues to consider in building a product or service for worldwide distribution; the acquisition and regulation of "property;" what issues arise for the policing entity (and who is that entity?); the rise of mobile gaming and what issues that raises; how developers are attracted to build new applications and disincentivized to introduce negative elements; and what new revenue streams are being created in the gaming world and what issues do those business models raise.

Moderator:    Ruth E. Fisher, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP  

Panelists:  
Debra Baker, Senior Vice President, Operations, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Bruce L. Hack, Vice-Chairman of the Board and Chief Corporate Officer, Activision Blizzard 
Sara Cohen Medifar, Director of Business and Legal Affairs, MySpace.com  
Lee Rawles, Senior Counsel, Electronic Arts Inc.

Saturday, March 7

8:15 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.            
CLE/CPE REGISTRATION

8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.            
Territorial Incentives - The State of Play
In the current financial climate, the role of territorial production incentives and subsidies is increasing in importance as the monies available from banks and hedge funds decline.  What is the current state of play regarding production incentives throughout the United States and worldwide for filmmakers and how is this likely to evolve?  And, with the increasing numbers of countries (e.g., Italy, France) and states introducing incentives which are now accessible to non-resident filmmakers, what other key factors are likely to influence the production location decision?

Moderator:   Charles Moore, Wiggin LLP

Presenters:  
Joseph Chianese, Vice President of Business Development and Production Planning, Entertainment Partners  
Jonathan Olsberg, Chairman, Olsberg|SPI Limited

9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.          
World of Difference
How different are the legal protections afforded copyrights, trademarks, rights of publicity and other similar rights in different parts of the world?  What is the impact of those differences on the need to carefully manage intellectual property rights?

Moderator:  Marty Katz, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP                          

Panelists: 
Steve Bardwil, Executive Vice President of Legal Affairs, Walt Disney Studios
Jared Jussim, Executive Vice President, Intellectual Property, Sony Pictures Entertainment  
Caroline Kean, Wiggin LLP  
Winston Maxwell, Hogan & Hartson

10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.        
BREAK

10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.         
Finance - Plus ├ža change, plus c'est la meme chose - Will International Finance or Something Else Replace Wall Street Film Investment
Major players have departed from the space including Dresdner Bank, Deutsche Bank, GE Capital, Merrill Lynch, Natexis, Bank of Ireland, Societe Generale - who will replace them? Most large slate deals have underperformed (e.g., Melrose) and some have generated lawsuits (e.g., Melrose I) - have we seen the end of these deals (e.g., Paramount Pandora)? Will single picture financings take their place? Large international tax deals are dead or dying (e.g., Germany, UK) - what will take their place? Are there financiers in Russia, India, China, Southeast Asia, the Middle East or some yet undetermined location seeking to replace US hedge funds and private equity investors?

Moderator:   Michael Sherman, Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Marmaro LLP

Panelists:  
Emanuel Nunez, Agent, Motion Picture Department, Creative Artists Agency
Steve Scharf, O'Melveny & Myers LLP 
David Shaheen, Managing Director and Group Head of Entertainment Industries Group, JPMorgan  
Eli Baker, Prinicpal, Grosvenor Park

11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.        
KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Harry E. Sloan, Chairman and CEO, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.
with Peter Bart, Editor-in-Chief, Variety

12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.          
LUNCH

1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.            
Talent Deals Across Borders
A Hollywood without borders:  this panel will address issues which arise when U.S. talent (writers, directors, actors and producers) work on international films, and when foreign talent work on U.S. films.  We will discuss the potential advantages and pitfalls-from compensation and creative rights negotiations to tax and labor concerns-which our panel of experts faces in structuring deals here and abroad.

Moderator:   June Horton, Senior Vice President, Head of Motion Picture and Sports Business Affairs, William Morris Agency

Panelists:  
Alan M. Brunswick, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP 
Nigel Alan Clay, Independent Tax Consultant, Clay & Associates LLP 
Bruce Hendricks, President of Physical Production, Walt Disney Pictures  
Linda Lichter, Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler & Feldman, Inc.  
Paul Neinstein, Executive Vice President, Theatrical Business Affairs, Paramount Pictures

2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.            
The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Ethical Responsibility
The US film and entertainment industry is a global business. Producers, companies, agents and lawyers need to understand that previous "business as usual" practices in foreign countries may now subject them to criminal liability. Recent actions by US and foreign enforcement authorities underscore the increased governmental scrutiny to assure compliance with US and foreign anti-bribery laws.  Discussion will focus on examples of what one can and cannot do in today's climate.

Moderator:   Jonathan S. Feld, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

TICKETS       BUY TICKETS
Tickets may be purchased through the UCLA Central Ticket Office by phone, using Mastercard, Visa, American Express and Discover, at 310.825.2101 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday - Friday and 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets for the 33rd Annual UCLA Entertainment Symposium are discounted for multiple ticket orders.

$350.00 for a single ticket
$325.00 each for orders of three or more

Ticket price includes the Entertainment Symposium Syllabus, lunch on Saturday, March 7, 2008 and coffee breaks on both days.

No ticket refunds after February 24, 2009.

MCLE
UCLA School of Law is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider.  This program will qualify for 8.0 hours of general MCLE credit and 1.0 hour of legal ethics credit.  This event may meet the requirements for continuing legal education credits in other states.  Please check in the bar association in the state in which you are seeking credit to see if this event is eligible.

CPE
The provider of this program follows the CE guidelines specified in the California Board of Accountancy Regulations.  This event may qualify for 10 CE hours.

PARKING
Parking on the UCLA Campus is available for $9.00 per entry in Lot 3 at Wyton Drive and Hilgard Avenue.

REGISTERING
After you have purchased your ticket, please email your name and company name to events@law.ucla.edu.

Video/Audio recording of the Symposium is prohibited.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Call: 310-825-0971
E-mail:  events@law.ucla.edu