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Tulane Draws Top Entertainment Execs for April 6 Conference

March 28, 2018

Kevin Yorn

Tulane Law alum Kevin Yorn (L’90) will speak at the April 6 inaugural 2018 Entertainment Law Conference.

A veritable Who’s Who list of entertainment executives descends on Tulane Law School April 6 for a major conference examining the rapidly shifting frontiers of the entertainment industry.

Among other highlights, the conference will feature a keynote discussion on the future of Film and Television entertainment between Sanford Panitch (A&S ’89), President of Columbia Pictures, and Jeff Frost (L ’89), President of Sony Pictures Television Studios.

The conference, titled “Geaux Create: Disruption, Continuity and the Role of Law in Creativity,” will explore powerful forces disrupting and remaking the industry, from new technologies and distribution channels to virtual reality and a melding of sports, media, and entertainment content.

“It’s an important moment where were we see new business models, user-generated content, preservation efforts all working in across film, television, sports, music and other creative disciplines.  This conference helps us glimpse the workings from an insider’s point of view,” said Tulane Law Professor Elizabeth Townsend Gard, one of the organizers and a law professor at Tulane University Law School.

The conference will feature some of the biggest names in entertainment, sports and intellectual property law, including executives from Columbia Pictures, Amazon Studios, Columbia Pictures, Fox Networks, Showtime, Microsoft, Sony Pictures, PlayStation and Xbox, the National Football League and the World Wrestling Federation, among others.

In addition to Frost and Panitch, the distinguished panelists include:

•    David Boyle L '90, Special Advisor, Motion Pictures
•    Lee Goldsmith, Senior Vice President & Media Counsel, National Football League
•    Hope O’Keeffe, Senior Associate General Counsel, Library of Congress
•    Philip Pailey L’98, Senior Vice President for Business Affairs, Showtime Networks, Inc.
•    Kevin Reilly L’05, Senior Corporate Counsel, Sony PlayStation
•    Lisa Richardson, Senior Vice President for Business and Legal Affairs, Fox Networks Group
•    Betsy Rosenblatt, Legal Advisor, Archive of their Own
•    Dan Scharf,  Head of Television Business Affairs, Amazon Studios
•    Eric Schwartz, Partner, Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP
•    Sal Siino, Senior Vice President of Global Content Distribution & Business Development, WWE
•    Matt Skelton, Senior Attorney, Xbox at Microsoft
•    Kevin Yorn L’90, Founding Partner, Morris Yorn Barnes Levine Entertainment Law Firm
•    Tim Francis, Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert, New Orleans

 
Conference panelists will discuss areas of entertainment and intellectual property law including issues surrounding distribution, protection of creative content, copyright and patent law and the role of talent in the industry. The full conference program may be accessed here. 

“We’re excited to bring some of the most influential figures in the entertainment industry to Tulane to discuss the dynamic changes reshaping sports, media and entertainment,” said Law School Dean David Meyer. “New Orleans has long been an engine of creativity in music, art, film, and entertainment broadly, and it’s fitting that this important conversation should take place here.”

In addition, the conference will feature Tulane Law faculty members in various panels, including Townsend Gard, the Jill. H and Avram A. Glazer Professor in Social Entrepreneurship and director of the Tulane Center for IP Law and Culture and the Copyright Research Lab and Prof. Gabe Feldman, Director of the Tulane Sports Law Program.

Tulane Law also is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Durationator, a research tool developed at the Copyright Research Lab at Tulane Law School, and used by the content industry and libraries alike to determine the copyright status of works around the world.

The conference begins Friday, April 6, at 9:30 a.m. in the Wendell H. Gauthier Moot Court Room 110, John Giffen Weinmann Hall, 6329 Freret St.  The event is free and open to the public.

  This program is pending MCLE approval in Louisiana and will be eligible for 4.2 CLE credit hours (60-minute states)/ 5.0 CLE credit hours (50-minute states).

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