Ziffren Institute for Media, Entertainment, Technology and Sports Law

"Deals on the Edge: Featuring a Dialog with Matt Groening and David Silverman"

Thirty-Seventh Annual UCLA Entertainment Symposium

Friday, March 8, 2013

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

1:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.     Welcome

Presenter: Rachel F. Moran, Dean and Michael J. Connell Distinguished Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law

1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.     When Evolution May Not Seem Like Progress

As the U.S. industry matures and the fragmentation of both viewers and outlets increase, creators have more chances for finding distribution of some type, but perhaps not with the revenue potential of the past. Even as emerging and expanding foreign markets offer new opportunities, lesser established properties in the U.S. may find themselves evicted from the distribution channels they previously occupied. And larger content companies may see more opportunity internationally where, unlike the U.S., the penetration of multi-channel distribution services continues to grow from a low base.

Presenter: Tom Wolzien, Chairman, Wolzien LLC

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.     The Infinite Channel Universe: Planning for Success of Original Content in the Vast Digital Landscape

Not long ago, original programming was ordered by a short list of television broadcasters. With the expansion of digital internet and wireless distribution, there is unlimited barrier free access to viewers. Original content providers and distributors have rushed to provide an immense amount of programming to digital viewing audiences.

This panel will examine the new world, from the technology itself and financing sources and startup companies to deal structures, distribution economics and marketing challenges and opportunities, with a focus on planning for long run success.

Moderator: Donald W. Steele, Partner, Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush & Kaller, LLP

Panelists: Peter Micelli, Co-Head of Television Packaging, Creative Artists Agency | Patrick A. Russo, Senior Managing Director, Valuation and Financial Advisory Services, FTI Consulting | Dan Weinstein, Chief Content Officer, Collective Digital Studio | Thom Zadra, Head of Video Business Development, Yahoo!

3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.     Break

3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.     Protecting Content in Overseas Markets

Outside the U.S., the regulatory environment for the protection of content has seen significant development in recent years. Recent and forthcoming European developments provide insight into the interpretation of the current framework of European Directives. However, pressure is mounting from those who wish to see copyright change. Meanwhile, China and India are two extremely important rights markets, and they have both seen significant legal development in the recent past. This panel of experts from key territories will explore the themes developing outside the U.S. and look at the challenges and opportunities presented to content owners.

Moderator: Ted Shapiro, Partner, Wiggin LLP

Panelists: Simon Baggs, Partner, Wiggin LLP | George Q. Fu, Managing Partner, Watson & Band | Dr. Jan Bernd Nordemann, Partner, Boehmert & Boehmert | Jagdish Sagar, Advocate, Delhi High Court

4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.     Cable Forecast

A panel comprised of executives from a variety of the networks that make up the cable television landscape will discuss the state of the business, future trends, and what’s next in distribution, carriage, programming, production, technology and revenue. Each panelist will bring their own unique perspective and discuss how the state of cable television and their networks affects the rest of the entertainment business, in the U.S. and around the world.

Moderator: Brian Weinstein, Head of Corporate Finance, Creative Artists Agency

Panelists: Melinda Benedek, Executive Vice President, Business Affairs and Production, Showtime Networks | Chad E. Gutstein, Chief Operating Officer, Ovation | Adina Savin, Executive Vice President, Business Affairs, Disney ABC Networks Group | Michael Schwimmer, Chief Executive Officer, NUVOTV

Saturday, March 9, 2013

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

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.    Global-Eyes: Film Financing and Production Opportunities Beyond Our Borders

A distinguished panel presents an in-depth look at non-U.S. soft money and international production/co-production opportunities, examines the benefits and hazards of filmmaking in newly developing markets, and ends with a case study of the co-production world in the People’s Republic of China.

Moderator: Peter J. Dekom, Principal, Peter J. Dekom, a Law Corporation

Panelists: Leonard Glickman, Partner, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP | David Linde, Chief Executive Officer, Lava Bear Films | Sanford Panitch, President, Fox International Productions

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.     “Breaking Badly”: Negotiating TV Deals in the “New Normal”

Veteran CAA agent Joe Cohen, with the help of Chuck Larsen (a consulting specializing in analyzing how to maximize revenue for participants in today's TV marketplace), negotiates with Warner Bros. Television Business Affairs Executive Dan Limerick, addressing some of the issues arising in writer/producer deals, with a focus on what revenue streams may not be getting their fair allocation in MAG definitions.

Moderator: Craig A. Emanuel, Partner, Loeb & Loeb LLP

Panelists: Joe Cohen, Co-Head of Television Department, Creative Artists Agency | Chuck Larsen, President, October Moon Television | Dan Limerick, Executive Vice President, Business Affairs, Warner Bros. Television

11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.     Break

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.     Animated

The state of feature and television animation, from cels to digital and beyond. Four industry leaders discuss the development and production, growth and success of 2D and CGI animated television series and feature films, current and future deals, the international marketplace, licensing, and the expanding creative landscape.

Moderator: Jason Grode, Grodehouse Management and Production

Panelists: Eric Coleman, Senior Vice President, Original Series, Walt Disney Television Animation | Jennifer Howell, Senior Vice President, 20th Century Fox Television | Chris Meledandri, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Illumination Entertainment | Sam Register, Executive Vice President, Creative Affairs, Warner Bros. Animation

12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.     A Dialogue with Matt Groening and David Silverman

Featuring: Matt Groening, Creator and Executive Producer, The Simpsons and Futurama | David Silverman, Producer/Director/Animator

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.     Lunch

2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.     Why Green Made the Feds See Red: FCPA Considerations in the Entertainment Industry

This panel will consider the very real-world impact of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act on the production, distribution and exploitation of motion pictures, television programs, video games and other entertainment content around the world. The panel will feature practical guidance from a leading major studio FCPA lawyer and expert White Collar defense outside counsel.

Moderator: Michael S. Sherman, Partner, Reed Smith LLP

Panelists: Mark Krause, Senior Compliance and Litigation Counsel, Warner Bros. Entertainment | James L. Sanders, Partner, Reed Smith LLP


Tickets may be purchased through the UCLA Central Ticket Office at www.tickets.ucla.edu (under "Special Events" or by phone, using MasterCard, VISA, American Express and Discover, at 310 825-2101 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Monday – Friday (closed Saturday, Sunday and major holidays).

Tickets are discounted for early purchase and for multiple ticket orders.

$350.00 for a single ticket purchased on or before February 27, 2013
$395.00 for a single ticket purchased after February 27, 2013
$325.00 each for 3 or more tickets
$200.00 for full-time students with valid student i.d. (no other discount)

Ticket price includes the Entertainment Symposium Syllabus, lunch on Saturday, March 9, 2013 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 February 25, 2013.

UCLA School of Law is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider. This program qualifies for 7.5 hours of general MCLE credit and 1 hour of "Legal Ethics" 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.

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

Parking is available for $11.00 per entry in Lot 2 located at Westholme and Hilgard Avenues and in Lot 3 located at Wyton Drive and Hilgard Avenue. Parking with a handicapped placard is $4.00.

Video/Audio recording of the Symposium is prohibited.

For more information, please contact UCLA School of Law Office of Events at 310 825 -0971 or events@law.ucla.edu.