Seminar Number

8276

 

Early
Registration Fee:

$130

On-Site
Registration Fee:

$150

Reception and Mixer Fee:

$30

2013 Mid-Year Conference
BLACK ENTERTAINMENT AND SPORTS LAWYERS ASSOCIATION

MAY 17-18, 2013

State Bar of Georgia Headquarters
104 Marietta St., NW
Atlanta, GA

CLE Hours:
5 CLE Hours

Co-Sponsors:
Entertainment and Sports Law Section, State Bar of Georgia;
Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association 

Presiding:
Bernie Lawrence-Watkins, B. Lawrence Watkins & Associates, P.C., Atlanta

FRIDAY EVENING  •  MAY 17, 2013
7:00
Welcome reception
Vanquish Lounge, 1029 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta
SATURDAY  •  MAY 18, 2013
8:15

Registration and continental breakfast
(All attendees must check in upon arrival. A jacket or sweater is recommended.)

8:45
Welcome and Program Overview
Bernie Lawrence-Watkins
9:00

Best Practices for Celebrity Foundations and Nonprofits:  How To Keep Your Client Off The News
Moderator:
Shannon Nash, Founder, Nash Management Group, Inc.; Co-Founder, Green Room, Marietta

Panelists:
Asani Swann, Director of Business Development, Melo Enterprises, Inc., Bronx, NY
Traci Gage, President and Chief Lifestyle Manager, TGage & Co., Atlanta
Gloria Johnson Goins, Vice President, Business Diversity Outreach, Prudential Financial, Inc., Atlanta
Kendall Minter, Legal Counsel, Living Legends Foundation; Chairman, Rhythm & Blues Foundation, Atlanta

Many celebrities give back to their community and often times it’s through their foundation.  But celebrity foundations have to be run and operated as separate legal entities and are subject to various federal tax and state laws.  Not following these rules can do more than subject the foundation and the celebrity to monetary fines.  As we have seen in recent cases, this bad press can also hurt the celebrity’s reputation. 

This panel will cover the ABC’s of setting up and operating a celebrity foundation or nonprofit, pros/cons for doing so, and various federal, state and local laws that apply.   We will delve into operational decisions that must be made in light of tax and corporate laws and are often at odds.  The panel will also address some of the recent high profile case of financial malfeasance with celebrity foundations and nonprofits and the pitfalls to watch out for. 

10:30
BREAK
10:45

Film Financing
Moderator:
Stephen Weizenecker, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, LLP, Atlanta

Panelists:
Asante Bradford, Project Manager, Digital Entertainment, Georgia Department of Economic Development, Atlanta
Alonzo Llorens, Gordon & Rees, LLP, Atlanta

This panel will discuss what every entertainment attorney needs to know about Film Financing including: finding investors, complying with securities regulations and structuring the deal with investors.

12:15
Lunch (Included in registration fee)
1:30

How Do I Protect My Client’s Intellectual Property Interest in the Social Media Space: Hey, you don’t have proper clearance to play that song or post that image.
Moderator:
Bernie Lawrence-Watkins

Panelists:
Clark A.D. Wilson, Gardner Groff Greenwald & Villanueva, P.C., Atlanta
Simon Horrocks, Affix Music, Atlanta
Inga Dyer, Senior Counsel, B.E.T. Networks, Washington, D.C. (Invited)
Brenton Hund, Turner Broadcasting System, Atlanta
Saptosa Foster, Owner, The 135th Street Agency, Atlanta

Changes in technology have allowed many entertainment companies and artists to establish an online presence and to interact directly with their supporters and fans. Many, however, do not think about the risks involved when posting information that has not been properly cleared.

This panel will examine the risks involved when using social media as a means to promote intellectual property, explore the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) “safe harbor” provisions and take down notices and discuss emerging new media.

3:00
Question and Answer Session
3:15
ADJOURN
6:00
BESLA Mixer
Aurum Lounge, 915 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta