Ziffren Institute for Media, Entertainment, Technology and Sports Law

"Hollywood Analytica"

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43rd Annual Entertainment Symposium, March 15-16, 2019, UCLA Macgowan Hall
Keynote Address: Meg Whitman, CEO, Quibi, and Jeffrey Katzenberg, Managing Partner WndrCo and Chairman and Founder, Quibi

Symposium Recap

Technological change, and the entertainment industry's struggle to adapt to it, has been Hollywood's dominant storyline for years, and with good reason – the emergence of new technologies and of new business models built on those technologies, has helped generate an unprecedented volume of content and an unprecedented need for new business, legal, and creative paradigms to create and exploit that content. Yet even as Hollywood's uncertain digital future has become its very real digital present, the industry stands on the precipice of further sea changes to its basic structure (in the form of widespread corporate consolidation and vertical integration) and culture (with a #MeToo movement that is pivoting from raising awareness to enacting change). Data has made content creators and distributors savvier than ever about their products and their customers.  The 2019 Symposium will turn its analytical eye onto the industry itself, offering introspection and insight on how the business continues to mature in response to the technological revolution, while preparing itself for the new revolutions at its doorstep.

Friday, March 15, 2019

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. - CLE/CPE Registration     

1:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. - Welcome

Dean Jennifer L. Mnookin, David G. Price and Dallas P. Price Professor of Law, and Faculty Co-Director, PULSE @ UCLA Law (Program on Understanding Law, Science & Evidence), UCLA School of Law

1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. - Is Media Just a Toaster?

Back in the day, banks would give you a toaster if you'd give them money to set up a new account. With consolidation and vertical integration, will media become the "come-on" to get you to buy your latest phone, bits, or plan? Analyst/inventor/media exec Tom Wolzien opens the Symposium with the annual Status Report and explores the changing relationships between content and mobile distribution, including whether Warner Bros. content is diverted from external licenses to become AT&T's toaster to drive mobile sales. Similarly, instead of external licenses, how extensively is the content of Disney and NBCU used exclusively to create those companies' new streaming services. Internationally, four billion smartphones are video capable. How will this huge penetration increase content consumption, and will that content be from the US? Will these expanded markets prolong the "golden age" of production in the US, or does studio consolidation (Disney eats Fox) and vertical consolidation suggest that the "golden age" has peaked? That brings a basic question—at some point does the capital/debt that have been fueling this golden age in the US run out, and if so, what happens?

Tom WolzienChairman, Wolzien LLC and The Video Call Center, LLC

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. - Representation Is Not A Handshake Deal*

Hollywood dealmaking was often a handshake and notes on a napkin. However, ethical requirements governing a lawyer's obligations are a bit more complicated. This all-star panel will provide insight into the recent changes to the ethical requirements implemented by the California Supreme Court and their effect on the entertainment industry. We will look at the current cases, including a discussion of the most recent issues arising in contingency fee arrangements with talent in light of the current litigation and changes to the California Rules of Professional Conduct.

*This session qualifies for 1 hour of Legal Ethics credit.

September Rea, Attorney, Freedman + Taitelman, LLP

Patty Glaser, Partner, Glaser Weil Fink Howard Avchen & Shapiro LLP
Diane L. Karpman, Partner, Karpman & Associates
Tara Senior, Partner, Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein & Lezcano

3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. - Break

3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. - Getting To The Source

With the proliferation of content as the entertainment industry evolves, rights are being sliced and diced like never before. Can purchasers be sure they are getting the rights for which they paid? What revenue streams can rights holders participate in and what rights can they retain, if any? Join our panel of experts who deal with these issues every day: a well-known film and television agent for an important agency, the Head of Business Affairs for a successful independent production company, the SVP and General Counsel for a major television studio and an experienced transactional attorney. The discussion will cover not only basics but also evolving issues regarding such things as format deals, issues in acquiring nonfiction works, remakes and sequels, and copyright termination rights.

Hillary Bibicoff, Transactional Entertainment Attorney, Holmes Weinberg, PC

Rand HolstonAgent, Paradigm Talent Agency
Sandra Ortiz, Head of Business Affairs, Kapital Entertainment
Jody Zucker, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Warner Bros. Television

4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. - Direct To Consumer – Existential Threat or Passing Fad

The internet and OTT video services have changed the established order for creating and consuming media services. Merger mania has seen traditional media companies join forces with tech companies and telcos. Legacy media companies are busy bulking up on content. The tremendous proliferation of access points to view media has upended our industry. Tech companies like Apple, Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, YouTube, Facebook and Google have created existential threats to legacy media companies in how they create and distribute content. Our panel will explore how these threats are being handled—whether by co-option or competition.

Ben Mogil, Chief Financial Officer and Principal, IoM Media Ventures

Leigh Brecheen, Partner, Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal LaViolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman, LLP
Adam Glick, Executive Vice President, Business Affairs, Warner Bros. Television
Chris Mansolillo, Head of Television Licensing, Prime Exclusives and Originals, Amazon

Saturday, March 16, 2019

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. - CLE/CPE Registration

9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. - Orange Justice: Emerging Legal and Business Trends in the Esports Industry

The explosive global growth of Esports is being led by a number of industry players with complex relationships, opportunities and challenges. This panel of top Esports experts will explore the interplay among the key participants in the Esports industry including teams, leagues, athletes, streamers, video game publishers, sponsors and agencies. Panelists will share their views of legal and business trends from different vantage points including their respective approaches and perspectives regarding monetization, governance structure and intellectual property rights.

Ophir Lupu, Partner and Head of Video Games, United Talent Agency 

Robby Forbes, Senior Director, Esports Leagues, Activision Blizzard
Michael Kerman, Senior Director, OGN Esports
Ari Segal, Chief Executive Officer, Immortals

9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. - Spotlight on Privacy: How Data Is Reshaping the Entertainment Industry

Personal data plays a key supporting role in enabling entertainment companies to develop more engaging experiences for consumers. But a high-stakes drama was set in motion when a California real estate developer supported a ballot initiative on privacy that ultimately led to the enactment of the nation's first general privacy law, the California Consumer Privacy Act. Other states are working on similar legislation, and Congress is considering federal privacy proposals.

Hear from experts who have been actively engaged in data privacy issues, including the legislation in California and across the country and the businesses who are taking steps to comply with the rapidly changing framework for how personal data is managed.

Lindsey Tonsager, Partner, Covington & Burling LLP

Susan Cooper, Director and Associate General Counsel, Product and Privacy, Facebook
Alastair Mactaggart, Chairman, Californians for Consumer Privacy
Anna Tran Reyna, Senior Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs, Digital Media, Fox Networks Group

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. - Break

10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. - #MeToo: What's Next*

For over a year, the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements have dominated the conversation in Hollywood and deeply challenged the industry's perception of itself. But as the Hollywood community begins to transition from the initial wave of scandals and revelations that rocked the industry and forced this period of personal reckoning, important questions remain about how to translate slogans and lapel pins into real (and much needed) change. This panel will explore how the ideals of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements can be implemented and actualized in pursuit of true gender equity and safety from sexual violence and harassment in the workplace. In particular, the panel will discuss concrete steps necessary for the entertainment industry to advance toward specific articulable goals, such as pay equality, safe workplace environments, inclusiveness of points of view, and equal opportunity for advancement to leadership positions.

*This session qualifies for 1 hour of Recognition and Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession and Society credit.

Barbara Boyle, Associate Dean of Entrepreneurship and Special Initiatives, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television

Kevin Iwashina, Agent, Endeavor Content
Cathy Schulman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Welle Entertainment
Sharon Waxman, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, TheWrap

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. - Keynote Address

Meg Whitman, Chief Executive Officer, Quibi
Jeffrey Katzenberg, Managing Partner of WndrCo and Chairman and Founder of Quibi

1:00 p.m. – 2: 00 p.m. - Lunch

2:15p.m. – 3:00 p.m. - The Moral Contract: Contractual Regulation of Personal Conduct in Entertainment Deals

In Hollywood, the line between the personal and the professional has always been blurry at best. But not since the 1921 trial of Fatty Arbuckle ushered in a wave of major Hollywood scandals (and a counter-wave of newly-drafted morals clauses designed to combat them) has private personal conduct been viewed as so relevant to, or been so closely scrutinized in, the business arena. This panel will examine the contractual regulation of personal conduct in three key relationship contexts – between studios and on- and behind-camera talent; between brands and celebrity endorsers; and between entertainment companies and their own executives. How do these deals reflect the fraught and fast-changing cultural and industry environment? And how, if at all, can one reasonably and responsibly contract around the risk of scandal?

Stacy K. Marcus, Partner, Reed Smith LLP

Ivy Kagan Bierman, Partner, Loeb & Loeb LLP
Carolyn Conrad, Partner, Schreck Rose Dapello Adams Berlin & Dunham LLP
Mark Mazie, Executive Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs, Legendary Television & Digital Studios

Symposium Information


Purchase tickets to the 2019 symposium

$445.00 for a single ticket purchased on or before March 5, 2019
$495.00 for a single ticket purchased after March 5, 2019
$425.00 each for 3 or more tickets with promo code GROUP3
$250.00 for full-time students with valid student I.D. (no other discount)

Ticket price includes the Entertainment Symposium Syllabus, continental breakfast and lunch on Saturday, March 16, 2019 and coffee breaks on both days.

After purchasing a ticket(s), please register at events@law.ucla.edu.

There will be NO TICKET REFUNDS after March 7, 2019.

Continuing Legal Education

UCLA School of Law is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider. By attending this symposium, you may earn Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit in the amount of up to 6.25 hours of general MCLE credit,1 hour of legal ethics credit and 1 hour of recognition and elimination of bias in the legal profession and society credit. This event may meet the requirements for continuing legal education credits in other states. Please check with the bar association in the state in which you are seeking credits to see if this event is eligible.

Continuing Education for Accountants

The provider of this program follows the CE guidelines specified in the California Board of Accountancy Regulations. The program may qualify for 9.5 specialized industry CE hours.

Parking - CASH ONLY

Parking is available for $12.00 per day in Lot 3 located at Wyton Drive and Hilgard Avenue.
Parking with a handicapped placard is $9.00 per day also in Lot 3.

Video/audio recording of the Symposium is prohibited.

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