Ziffren Institute for Media, Entertainment, Technology and Sports Law

"Our 40th Year"

Fortieth Annual UCLA Entertainment Symposium


Friday, March 11, 2016

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

1:00 p.m.-1:15 p.m. - Welcome

Presenter: 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. - Evolving Data, Evolving Business: 40 Years of Radical Change in Media

This year’s high-speed opening act will explore data and technology trends in media across the 40 years of the Entertainment Symposium and what those trends may mean for the future of content and business. Now in its 11th year, the Status Report will provide not only current numbers, but in this anniversary year will look at how trends and prognostications have played out since the Symposium began. Key decisions and developments during the four decades will be examined that fundamentally changed production and distribution, and the basics of the business. These will be applied to current trends and economics as the industry settles into the reality that consumers want, and will have, any content at any time or place and on any device. Latest technologies and production economics will be explored from mobile to 8K to drones to automated content creation.

Presenter: Tom Wolzien, Chairman, Wolzien LLC and The Video Call Center, LLC

2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. - Chinawood

There was $1 billion of financing from China to Hollywood in 2015, with perhaps more than twice that coming in 2016. This panel will discuss the future of Chinese investment in Hollywood, including the motivations of the investors, the structure of the deals, and the implications for film companies and financiers.

Moderator: Schuyler M. Moore, Partner, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP

Panelists: Eric Rong, President, TIK FILMS | Jay Sun, Chairman and President, Pegasus Media Group | Simon Sun, Executive Vice President, Le Vision Pictures, Inc.

3:00 p.m.-3:15 p.m. - Break

3:15 p.m.-4:15 p.m. - Recent Trends of Bankruptcy in the Entertainment Industry

Relativity Media’s recent Chapter 11 filing has demonstrated how one bankruptcy case can have a ripple effect throughout an entire industry, as vendors and participants go unpaid and unreleased films are stuck in limbo. As seen in Relativity’s case and others like it, a variety of powers may be exercised in bankruptcy that may impair or otherwise affect the different parties’ rights in intellectual property licenses and other contracts. This panel of experts will address these and other issues that arise in bankruptcy cases involving entertainment companies, writers, and artists.

Moderator: Kenneth N. Klee, Partner, Klee, Tuchin, Bogdanoff & Stern LLP and Professor of Law Emeritus, UCLA School of Law

Panelists: Marsha A. Houston, Partner, Reed Smith LLP | Lance Jurich, Partner, Loeb & Loeb LLP | Richard Wynne, Partner, Jones Day

4:15 p.m.-5:15 p.m. - Practical Tips from Leading Studio Labor Negotiators

Leading negotiators from three major studios will provide practical tips on dealing with guild issues. The discussion will include a review and interpretation of various provisions in the DGA, SAG-AFTRA and WGA guild agreements with respect to New Media, Secondary Digital Channels, Reality Television, Social Media and Promotions. Whether you represent talent or companies, this discussion will help you navigate the complicated guild issues that often arise.

Moderator: Ivy Kagan Bierman, Partner, Loeb & Loeb LLP

Panelists: Nicole Ann-Jeanette Gustafson, Executive Vice President, Industrial Relations & Production Safety, Paramount Pictures | Marc Sandman, Senior Vice President of Labor Relations, Disney|ABC Television Group | Russell Wetanson, Vice President, Labor Relations Counsel, Fox

Saturday, March 12, 2016

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

9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. - Emerging Streaming Services: Reaching Beyond Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu

The general conversation around consumer “cord cutting” has largely focused on three main streaming services-Netflix, Amazon Prime Instant Video, and Hulu. Each of these services has built its brand by offering users a compelling mix of high-end second-run programming and traditionally-structured and produced, premium long-form original programming. But while you may be patting yourself on the back for finally figuring out how to stream “Orange is the New Black” from the Netflix app on your smart TV, it’s more likely that your kids are engrossed in a short-form series you’ve never heard of, featuring a social media star you can’t recognize, on a platform you never knew existed (and it ain’t YouTube). The last few years have seen the emergence of a massive new marketplace, specializing in short form original content, delivered through compelling app-based user experiences on mobile phone and tablet devices. Just because you may have never heard of Go 90, Fullscreen, SeeSo, or Watchable, doesn’t mean your 10-year-old hasn’t. So who are these new players in the original content marketplace? This panel of distinguished creative, business and legal minds, across a variety of buyers and sellers in this new digital ecosystem, will explore what lessons they have taken from their traditional media forebears (or, in some cases corporate partners), and how they have redefined the business to meet their own needs. And they’ll help us tackle one major question: when it comes to delivering content to users via the Internet, there is little question that there are more than enough megabytes to go around…but are there enough dollars too?

Moderator: Ken Basin, Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School

Panelists: Rozanna Tesler Fried, Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs, Fullscreen | Ben Gigli, Director of Development and Production, ABC Digital | Peter Morris, Vice President, Business Affairs & Strategy, and General Counsel, Funny Or Die

10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. - Litigation Update: Year End Review

Litigation always hands us surprises and challenges. 2015 was no different. This panel will focus on just a few of the most interesting and intriguing litigated matters: (1) the music industry has seen some of the most significant industry-changing litigation in the past decade. This past year has seen class actions in California state court against Sirius XM and Pandora for common law copyright infringement and misappropriation of pre-1972 recordings, and federal court action against Spotify for copyright infringement for failing to license songs it distributes through interactive streaming and limited downloads; (2) recent developments in profit participation cases, with a focus on class actions and securities claims; and (3) the latest developments in the fair use doctrine.

Moderator: Bonnie E. Eskenazi, Partner, Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP

Panelists: Scott A. Edelman, Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP | Harvey Geller, Of Counsel, Gradstein & Marzano, P.C. | Richard Kendall, Partner, Kendall Brill & Kelly LLP

11:00 a.m.-11:15 a.m. - Break

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. - Copyright 2016: The Year in Anticipation

UCLA Law Professor Doug Lichtman returns this year but with a forward-looking twist. Rather than looking back at the major cases and events from the year gone by, Professor Lichtman will pull out his crystal ball and talk about the cases, policy changes, and product launches that are likely to matter in the months ahead. Topics will include pending litigation in copyright and entertainment, as well as a smattering of related patent law, communications law, and free speech topics.

Presenter: Doug Lichtman, Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law

12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. - Keynote Address

Ken Ziffren, Partner, Ziffren Brittenham LLP, Founder, Ziffren Center for Media, Entertainment, Technology & Sports Law, and Adjunct Faculty, UCLA School of Law

Anne Sweeney, Member of the Board, Netflix, a Dean's Fellow, Harvard University Graduate School of Education, and Formerly Co-Chair, Disney Media Works, and President, Disney/ABC Television Group

On this 40th Anniversary of the UCLA Entertainment Symposium, Ken Ziffren and Anne Sweeney chat about where we've gone, where we are and where we're going.

1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. - Lunch

2:45 p.m.-3:45 p.m. - Reel Justice: Legal Ethics in Courtroom Films or Ethics in a Digital Environment

While law-related films primarily aim to entertain mass audiences, the exemplary or lamentable behavior of the lawyers and judges depicted in the films often provide dramatic or comical illustrations of the legal profession’s formal rules of conduct. This presentation uses clips from law-related films as the basis of an hour-long discussion of legal ethics.

Presenter: Paul Bergman, Professor of Law Emeritus, UCLA School of Law

Tickets may be purchased through the UCLA Central Ticket Office (under "Special Events") anytime 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 multiple ticket orders.

$350.00 for a single ticket purchased on or before March 1, 2016
$395.00 for a single ticket purchased after March 1, 2016
$325.00 each for 3 or more tickets
$250.00 for full-time students with valid student i.d. (no other discount)

Ticket price includes the Entertainment Symposium Syllabus, lunch on Saturday, March 12, 2016 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 22, 2016.

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 8.0 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.

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 10.5 CE hours.

Parking is available for $12.00 per day in Lot 3 located at Wyton Drive and Hilgard Avenue. Parking with a handicapped placard is $5.00 per day. CASH ONLY. Directions to campus and maps

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.