UCLA Entertainment Symposium

Bringing entertainment leaders and professionals together each year.

48th Annual UCLA Entertainment Symposium

June 21, 2024 | 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM | UCLA Schoenberg Hall

2024 UCLA Entertainment Symposium flyer featuring a photo of Donna Langley

The Annual Entertainment Symposium is a flagship event for the entertainment industry, bringing leading lawyers, executives, agents, managers and producers, together with students for candid discussions on subjects at the forefront of the industry. Conversations during this conference have ranged from lively debate over the changing landscape of the entertainment business, to shared insights on planning for the success of original content in a vast digital landscape, and perspectives on filmmaking in newly developing markets. Panelists regularly include top entertainment lawyers and key executives from studios and production companies, along with leaders from digital and independent companies.

Most prior Symposia Syllabi are available from the Ziffren Institute for Media, Entertainment, Technology and Sports Law. To order, complete the syllabus order form and return by mail with check or money order. For any other questions or further inquiries please email ziffreninstitute@law.ucla.edu.

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Program Schedule

  • 2024 Symposium Schedule

    Back to Business: Hollywood’s Dynamic Landscape

    48th Annual Entertainment Symposium

    Friday June 21

    Dona LangleyKeynote Speaker: Donna Langley, Chairman, NBCUniversal Studio Group & Chief Content Officer

    UCLA School of Law is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider. By attending all six (6) sessions, you may earn Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit in the amount of up to 5.25 total credits (4.25 hours of general credit and 1 hour of legal ethics credit).


    9:30 to 9:40 AM (PDT)

    Welcome & Dean's Remarks


    • Dean Michael Waterstone, Dean and Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law


    9:45 to 10:15 AM (PDT)

    After the Streaming Wars


    • Michael Nathanson, Partner and Senior Research Analyst, MoffettNathanson Research


    10:20 to 11:20 AM (PDT)

    Nothing but Net – How Sports and Content Are Scoring

    Sports fans are some of the most passionate consumers of audio-visual content, and it’s not just live sports. In an increasingly fractured media environment, scripted and unscripted sports content is hotter than ever. Join our panel of experts as they discuss the unique business and legal considerations of the genre.


    • Kendall Johnson, Partner, Latham & Watkins
    • Kevin Masuda, Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP


    • Stephanie Kyoko McKinnon, General Counsel, Skydance
    • Lisa Metelus, Executive, Creative Artists Agency
    • Endi Piper, General Counsel, The SpringHill Company


    11:25 AM to 12:25 PM (PDT)

    The Brands Rise Again!!

    Brand marketing and intellectual property licensing have become increasingly more important in the content quest to rise above the clutter.  This panel will explore the challenging balance between protecting the brand/IP and licensing it for commercial exploitation in both audiovisual content and merchandising. Our experts in the field will discuss topics such as trademark/copyright issues, creative controls, brand integration and promotion, and franchise building.


    • Michael Helfant ’83, Of Counsel, Loeb & Loeb LLP


    • Jade Alex, Executive Director of Events, Global Publicity, Warner Bros. Pictures
    • Eric Baum, SVP Business and Legal Affairs, Sony Pictures Entertainment
    • Josh Silverman, Chief Franchise Officer, Mattel


    12:25 to 1:25 PM (PDT)

    Lunch & Networking Break


    1:30 to 2:30 PM (PDT)

    AI on Screen: Setting the Ethical Standards for Tomorrow's Entertainment
    The John H. Mitchell Panel on Ethics and Entertainment

    The rapid advancement of AI technology is reshaping the entertainment landscape, raising crucial ethical questions that must be addressed. This panel will discuss the ethical standards required for tomorrow's entertainment, covering topics such as transparency in AI-generated content, the disclosure of materials used in AI training data, and the ethical implications of simulating a person’s likeness or voice without consent. Additionally, we will explore the legal ethics involved, including attorney professional conduct rules as they pertain to AI in media. Engage with us as we set the framework for responsible AI use in the entertainment industry.


    • Ian Slotin, SVP, Intellectual Property, NBCUniversal


    • David Dreyfus, General Counsel, Directors Guild of America
    • Rijul Gupta, CEO, DeepMedia AI
    • Alex Shannon, Head of Strategic Development, Creative Artists Agency


    2:35 to 3:35 PM (PDT)

    The Good News About Theatrical Distribution

    A panel of experts and industry insiders will look back at 2023 for lessons learned and assess the current state of the theatrical industry, while looking ahead to the prospects for 2024 and beyond for movie theatres and studios. Topics for this panel will include the Barbenheimer phenomenon, the rise in popularity of international cinema, the impact of changing audience tastes, the expansion of event cinema, the importance of musicals and concert films, and the essential nature of independent cinema.


    • Paul Dergarabedian, Senior Media Analyst, Comscore


    • Lisa Bunnell, President of Distribution, Focus Features
    • Scott Forman, Executive Vice President & General Sales Manager, Warner Bros. Pictures
    • Nikkole Denson Randolph, Senior Vice President, Content Strategy & Inclusive Programming, AMC Theaters


    3:35 to 3:55 PM (PDT)

    Networking Break


    4:00 to 5:00 PM (PDT)


    • Donna Langley, Chairman, NBCUniversal Studio Group & Chief Content Officer
    • Ken Ziffren ’65, Partner & Co-Founder, Ziffren Brittenham LLP


    UCLA School of Law is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider. By attending all six (6) sessions, you may earn Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit in the amount of up to 5.25 total credits (4.25 hours of general credit and 1 hour of legal ethics credit).

Guest Information


    Badges are required for entry and will be available for pick up at the check in tables near the entrance of Schoenberg Hall. Check in will begin at 9:00AM and the event will start promptly at 9:30AM. 

    Directions to Schoenberg Hall:


    We recommend parking in the designated guest parking areas at UCLA Structure 2, where you can purchase daily permits for $15 at the Self-Service Pay Stations on Level 1. The distance to Schoenberg Hall is a brief 6-minute walk.

    Directions to Structure 2:


Entertainment Symposium Advisory Committee

  • Co-Chairs

    Elsa Ramo
    Ramo Law PC 

    Craig Wagner
    Paradigm Talent Agency 

    Christa Workman
    River Road Entertainment

  • Members

    Tom K. Ara
    DLA Piper LLP (US)

    Barry Babok
    Babok & Robinson, LLP

    Hillary S. Bibicoff

    David Boyle
    David Boyle, APC

    Nancy A. Bruington
    Latham & Watkins, LLP

    Ann Brigid Clark
    Greenberg Traurig LLP

    Loan T. Dang '00
    Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein Lezcano Bobb & Dang

    David C. Eisman ‘93
    Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

    E. Barry Haldeman '69
    Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP

    Michael A. Helfant '83
    Loeb & Loeb, LLP

    Erik Hyman
    Paul Hastings, LLP

    Robb Klein
    Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

    Amy Lucas '08
    O’Melveny & Myers LLP

    Howard Meyers
    Focus Features

    Robyn R. Polashuk ‘94
    Covington & Burling LLP

    Benyamin S. Ross
    Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

    Michael S. Sherman
    Reed Smith LLP

    Christopher S. Spicer
    Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP

    Shelly Sroloff '76
    Creative Artists Agency

    Donald W. Steele
    Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush, Kaller, Gellman, Meigs & Fox L.L.P.

    Daniel R. Stutz
    Stutz Law Corp.

    Matthew C. Thompson
    Sidley Austin LLP

    Lawrence J. Ulman
    Retired / Comcast

    Michael Waterstone (ex officio)
    Dean and Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law

    Sophia K. Yen
    Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

    Kenneth Ziffren
    Partner & Co-Founder, Ziffren Brittenham LLP
    Adjunct Faculty

  • Emeriti Members

    Roger Arar
    Loeb & Loeb LLP

    Jeffrey A. Barker '93
    O’Melveny & Myers LLP

    Barbara Boyle '60
    UCLA Department of Film, Television and Digital Media

    Leigh Brecheen
    Brecheen Feldman Breimer Silver & Thompson, LLP

    Pamela Brockie '75
    ICM Partners

    P. John Burke
    Retired / Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP

    Gary O. Concoff

    Jay Cooper
    Greenberg Traurig LLP

    Robert A. Darwell
    Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

    Bonnie Eskenazi
    Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP

    Ruth E. Fisher
    Retired / Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

    Keith G. Fleer
    Keith G. Fleer, A Professional Corporation

    John T. Frankenheimer '73
    Loeb & Loeb LLP

    Jeffrey M. Freedman '93
    Creative Artists Agency

    David R. Ginsburg
    Retired / Executive Director, Entertainment, Media, and Intellectual Property Law Program, UCLA School of Law

    Susan A. Grode

    Nicholas La Terza
    The Point Media

    Michael H. Lauer

    Douglas Mark
    Mark Music & Media Law, P.C.

    Laurence M. Marks '78
    Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP

    Charles Moore
    Wiggin LLP

    Lawrence P. Mortorff
    Trilogy Productions LLC

    Scott S. Packman
    SSP Partners LLC

    Matthew H. Saver '78
    Law Offices of Matthew H. Saver

    Lois Scali '86

    Steven Sills
    Green Hasson Janks LLP

    Todd M. Stern
    Weintraub Tobin Chediak Coleman Grodin Law Corporation

    Gary Stiffelman
    D'Amelio Brands LLC

    Robert M. Szymanski
    Eclipse Law Corporation

    Dirk van de Bunt '82
    Executive Service Corps of Southern California

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