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U.S. Sports Film Festival Opens with Inside Look into the Movie Business

October 23, 2008

An unprecedented series of panels on sports & entertainment business law led by celebrity panelists and top legal minds to discuss key issues facing Talent, Film, Film Festival and Sports Event industries.

1-1:15   Introduction,  Stephen Madva, Chairman, Montgomery McCracken

1:15-2:15  Representing Talent in Television and other Media

Legal Panelists:

  • Mary Cavallaro, Montgomery McCracken, Philadelphia, PA
  • Dave Frankel, Montgomery McCracken, Philadelphia, PA

Client Industry Panelists: Talent

  • Bonnie Bernstein, Reporter and Host for ABC Sports and ESPN
  • Ron Zaslow, NYC Lawyer turning Broadcaster

Summary: This panel is for everyone who needs to know how to negotiate with professional media talent. Key provisions covered will include discussions on personal service contracts, restrictive covenants, work-for-hire provisions, freelancing and new media opportunities. If you represent talent, or are going to in the future, you don’t want to miss this Panel.

2:30-3:30  Legal and Business Aspects of Producing Films, Film Festivals and Sporting Events

Legal Panelists:

  • Justin Wineburgh, Moderator Cozen O’Connor, Philadelphia PA, Head of Cozen O’Connor’s Sports and Entertainment Law Practice
  • Lloyd Zane Remick, Zane Management, Philadelphia, PA
  • Jeff Gewirtz – Sr. Vice Pres. and Gen. Counsel, Nets Basketball & Brooklyn Sports & Ent
  • Len Glickman – Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP., Toronto, Canada

Client Industry Panelists: Event and Film Producers

  • Mark Ciardi, Pre-eminent Sports Film Producer (IE Miracle, Invincible, The Rookie etc)
  • Stephan Hartman – Former attorney, founder U.S. Sports Film Festival
  • Sharon Pinkenson, Executive Director, Greater Philadelphia Film Office

Summary: The Panel will discuss the legal issues relating to running a major event (such as the Olympics or a film festival), as well as developing/overseeing a major entertainment property (including producing films). The legal Panelists will talk about relevant deal terms and negotiating points in pulling together the varied elements into a completed project.  The client panelists will discuss experiences in working with attorneys in putting together their major events and films.

3:30-4:30  Intellectual Property Aspects of Sports and Entertainment Properties

Legal Speakers:

  • James N. Talbott, Partner, Talbott & Talbott, Malibu, CA
  • Marcy Rauer Wagman, Professor, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
  • Cameron Myler, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC, NY, NY

Client Industry Panelists

  • TBD

Summary: Just because you may be representing a sports or entertainment property does not mean you have the right to exploit those rights in all markets or distribution channels. This Panel will discuss the copyright, trademark, and even possible patent issues surrounding these properties. Topics to be discussed will include the clearance and licensing of music, chain of title and trademark issues. The Panel will also speak on the recent litigation including the case of Tiffany v. eBay which discussed the various liability issues of marketing your properties on the Web.

October 23, 2008 at 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

123 South Broad St.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States

(800) 298-4200
CLE Credits : PA, NY, NJ CLE Credit available