44th Annual UCLA Entertainment Symposium - Webinar Series

July 29, 2020 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

The 44th Annual UCLA Entertainment Symposium is a series of four webinars scheduled for July 22, 29, August 5 and August 12, 2020. The symposium keynote is Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, WarnerMedia Entertainment and Direct-to-Consumer.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

5:00 - 5:45 p.m. (PDT)

BACKEND? WHAT BACKEND? ARE PROFIT PARTICIPATIONS AN OUTDATED CONCEPT IN THE NEW TELEVISION ERA?
The $180 million arbitrator's decision in the Bones litigation sent shock waves through the entertainment industry. The finding that one studio failed to deal on an arm's length basis when licensing a television series to its affiliates, and the proliferation of vertical integration in the television industry in particular, has caused the studios to rethink the traditional profit sharing model. The digital platforms and at least one major studio have fundamentally changed the industry by introducing a replacement for the age old profit participation typically granted to content creators. This new "bonus" definition is based on longevity and, in some cases, the medium of exploitation, thereby eliminating the possibility of lawsuits for non-arm's length transactions while limiting any upside for participants on very successful shows. Our panel of experts will discuss the Bones case, the pros and cons of the new bonus model and the future of profit participations in the television industry.

Moderator:
Craig Wagner / Head of Business Affairs and General Counsel, Paradigm Talent Agency

Panelists:
John V. Berlinski / Partner, Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP
Craig A. Emanuel / Partner, Paul Hastings LLP
Karen Tatevosian / Executive Vice President and Head of U.S. Business Affairs, Sony Pictures Television Studios

5:50 - 6:50 p.m. (PDT)

The John H. Mitchell Panel on Ethics and Entertainment Sponsored by the Patricia W. Mitchell Trust

THE NEWS, THE LAW AND LEGAL ETHICS
The news business oft times seems like it is aflame: massive lawsuits filed by public figures and government officials; damaging hacks and revealing leaks about celebrities, politicians and public companies; social media fueling controversies about disagreements big and small. And programs and pundits spinning every event, often sprinkling in "alternative facts" and perspectives condemned as fake news. Our expert panel will discuss the lawyer's ethical responsibilities when advising journalists and media companies telling stories that raise difficult legal and fairness issues including, reporting based on hacks and leaks, NDA breaches, and surreptitious recordings. To facilitate open dialogue, the panelists will analyze a hypothetical fact pattern that raises many familiar issues.

Moderator:
Dale Cohen / Director, Documentary Film Legal Clinic, UCLA School of Law, and Special Counsel, FRONTLINE

Panelists:
Jonathan Anschell / Executive Vice President and General Counsel, ViacomCBS Media Networks
Kelli L. Sager / Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Jeffrey Toobin / Chief Legal Analyst, CNN, and Staff Writer, The New Yorker

UCLA School of Law is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider. By attending this event, you may earn Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit in the amount of up to 0.75 hour of general credit and 1 hour of legal ethics credit.


Comprehensive information about all four webinars in the 44th Annual UCLA Entertainment Symposium.