Ziffren Institute for Media, Entertainment, Technology and Sports Law

"Progress is Paramount – Why Hollywood Will Always Matter"

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Symposium Recap

The last year has seen the entertainment industry make historic progress to respond and adapt to an evolving cultural as well as technological environment, facing the challenges of the current era with a renewed commitment to leadership, innovation, and creating an environment that is safe, equal, and inclusive for all. The 2018 Symposium will explore how Hollywood is transforming itself to meet the new era around it and to continue its tradition of supporting artists and storytellers in their critical missions to inspire, educate, and yes, entertain. And it will celebrate that, even in times of disruption and upheaval, content is king, and Hollywood will always matter -- maybe more than ever.

Friday, March 23, 2018

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

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

Susan Akens, Executive Director, Ziffren Center for Media, Entertainment, Technology and Sports Law, UCLA School of Law

1:15 p.m.-2:15 p.m. - #MeToo: Sexual Harassment in Hollywood

Overview of pertinent federal and state laws, corporate and individual responsibility and liability, in the office setting and in the production setting, and issues such as settlement agreements, non-disclosure agreements, and responsibility of company human resources executives.

Elsa Ramo, Managing Partner, Ramo Law PC

Ronda D. Jamgotchian, Partner, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
Matthias H. Wagener, Managing Partner, Wagener Law, A Professional Corporation

2:15 p.m.-3:00 p.m. - Some Like It Hot - A Mock negotiation

This panel will conduct a mock negotiation that walks through the setup of a feature project at a studio from the point of view of the packaging agent, studio business affairs, talent representation, and production company. While negotiation terms and tactics in the past have always been about 'precedent,' times are changing - with new laws surrounding quotes, awareness of gender salary gap, competitive buyers in the streaming and SVOD market, this panel will walk us through the 'new normal' of a studio set up.

Christine D'Souza Gelb, Partner, Endeavor Content

Erica Huggins, President, Imagine Entertainment
Tara Kole, Partner, Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown
Megan O'Brien, Executive Vice President, Business Affairs, Fox Searchlight Pictures

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

3:15 p.m.-4:00 p.m. - The Future of the Television Business in the Digital Age: Can the Broadcast Nets and Cable Survive the Juggernaut of Internet TV?

In the era of "Peak TV" for scripted programming, the business models of broadcast and cable television are under more pressure than ever from premium SVOD services like Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Google and soon, Apple. Can broadcast and cable compete in a world where talent is demanding ever increasing fees, budgets have skyrocketed as high as $15MM per hour, and viewers are demanding more flexibility in consuming content? Will traditional linear ad-supported television go the way of the Dodo Bird, or will it adapt to beat the upstarts at their own game by launching streaming and ad free services of their own? This trend has already begun with CBS All Access, F/X+ and AMC Premiere and looks a lot like the future of TV. The panel will examine these and other issues that are relevant in today's evolving television business.

Craig Wagner, Executive Vice President, Business Affairs, and General Counsel, Paradigm Talent Agency

Beth Roberts, Executive Vice President, Business Operations, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment
Dan Scharf, Head of Television Business Affairs, Amazon Studios
Sandra Stern, President, Lionsgate Television Group

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Independence in Consolidation

Inventor, analyst, and media exec Tom Wolzien elevates this year's Symposium with his annual status report of industry numbers—tech and financial, before focusing on the shrinking number of players in media's expanding world. With both vertical and horizontal integration in process, how do individual players with distinctive content fit into various platforms; what leverage do platform owners find with distinctive content, and is there any place at all for commodity content anymore? What is the impact of rising content costs on legacy companies, and could rising costs actually provide a strategic benefit to newer global platforms by damaging earnings of older players already under the dual pressures of subscriber declines and advertising fragmentation?

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

Saturday, March 24, 2018

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

9:00 a.m.-9:15 a.m. - Dean's Welcome

Jennifer L. Mnookin, Dean, 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

9:15 a.m.-10:00 a.m. - Fireside Chat with FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly

Michael O'Rielly has served as an FCC Commissioner since 2013, joining the Federal Communications Commission after having previously served in the Office of the Senate Republican Whip. He joins our Symposium first-thing Saturday morning for a fireside chat with UCLA Law Professor Doug Lichtman, where the two will explore the Commission's recent efforts with respect to broadband deployment, network neutrality, and a host of other issues.

Presented in cooperation with the Federal Communications Bar

Doug Lichtman, Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law
Michael O'Rielly
, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission

10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. - Consolidation Craze

According to Thomson Reuters, 2017 was the third year in a row with over 50,000 M&A deals announced globally - a record. Experts expect this trend to continue in 2018. In the media space, the pending AT&T/Time Warner combination and the proposed sale of the film/TV assets of 21st Century Fox to Disney suggest more consolidation is on the horizon. What's driving this business re-mix? What are the unintended consequences of deals on the content creation community? Are there legitimate "public interest" issues raised by these types of transactions? What is the role for federal antitrust enforcement? This panel will discuss the pros and cons of M&A in the media space and some of the opportunities and challenges the industry faces during these turbulent times.

Jon Orszag, Senior Managing Director and Member of the Executive Committee, Compass Lexecon, LLC and Lecturer in Law, UCLA School of Law

Bill Baer, Partner, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP
Laura Martin, Managing Director, Entertainment & Internet, Needham & Company
Roy A. Salter, Senior Advisor, FTI Consulting, Inc.

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

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. - Give My Regards to Broadway

The 2016-17 season on Broadway grossed more than $1.4 billion, the highest ever, and this is excluding the substantial income from roadshow, foreign and even high school productions. Motion pictures are spawning Broadway shows; film and television stars are appearing on the Great White Way, and legitimate theater attendance is rising; yet most Hollywood entertainment lawyers know little about the deals, economics and practices of this important corner of the business. Our panel brings together an experienced theatrical lawyer, a New York agency dealmaker and an award-winning producer to guarantee that you will leave the theater knowing a lot more about this world than when you came in.

E. Barry Haldeman, Of Counsel, Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Mitchell, LLP

Elliot H. Brown, Partner, Franklin, Weinrib, Rudell & Vassallo, P.C.
Sue Frost, Partner and Founding Member, Junkyard Dog Productions
Maarten Kooij, Senior Vice President, New York Business Affairs, ICM Partners

12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. - Keynote by Andrew GumpertChief Operating Officer, Paramount Pictures Corporation

Interviewed by Ken ZiffrenCo-Founder and Partner, Ziffren Brittenham LLP

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

2:45 p.m.-3:45 p.m. - Reel Justice: Addiction and Redemption in Courtroom Films

This presentation is based on the book Reel Justice: The Courtroom Goes to the Movies (Bergman and Asimow, 2d ed 2006), which describes and analyzes legal issues in over 200 films. The book also summarizes the actual events on which many films are based and highlights the often-powerful specific images and dialogues through which courtroom films convey messages to viewers about the law, lawyers and justice.

Courtroom films are not merely a form of story-telling. Courtroom films reflect and often reinforce widely-held cultural attitudes about the legal system. This presentation will look at current data about substance abuse in the legal profession and avenues available to lawyers in need of treatment. The presentation will also present clips from films that revolve around addiction issues in the legal profession, both the depth of the problem and possibilities for redemption. The presentation will emphasize the life and legal career of Earl Rogers. In the first two decades of the 20th century, Los Angeles lawyer Earl Rogers was one of the most famous lawyers in America. The clips will put on display both the courtroom theatrics for which he was famous and his addiction to alcohol that resulted in his early death.

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

Symposium Information


$350.00 for a single ticket purchased on or before March 9, 2018
$395.00 for a single ticket purchased after March 9, 2018
$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, continental breakfast and lunch on Saturday, March 24, 2018 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 27, 2018.

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 competence issues 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 $7.00 per day also in Lot 3.

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.

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Entertainmentsymposium@law.ucla.edu.