Date: Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Committee Meetings: 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Sutton South, 2nd Floor

Executive Committee Meeting: 11:30 a.m. - 12:50 p.m. | Sutton North, 2nd Floor 

Meeting Program: 1:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. | Sutton South, 2nd Floor | 4.5 MCLE Credits 

The Digital Distribution Revolution and Attorneys, Agents, and Managers: Changing Roles

[This program is transitional and is suitable for all attorneys including those newly admitted.] 

1:00 p.m. - 1:25 p.m.  Welcome, Nomination of Officers, Presentation of Awards, and Introduction of Program 

Chair: Barry Skidelsky, Esq., of counsel to Jin and Koppell PLLC, NY, New York

1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  The Digital Distribution Revolution: Legal and Business Aspects  (3.0 Credits in Areas of Professional Practice) 

As the streaming revolution accelerates, digital distribution of entertainment content is already beginning to surpass traditional distribution methods in certain categories.  Streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu have now been joined by Disney+ and Apple TV+; Warner Media’s HBO Max, Comcast’s Peacock Service and Quibi are scheduled to debut in the spring. To understand the rapidly evolving digital landscape, industry experts will update us on business developments in the delivery of film, television and other content, including podcasts, video games and esports. Leading deal-makers will discuss changes and trends in producing and licensing content for digital platforms and provide practice pointers for negotiating deals in these fast-moving times. 

Film, Television, and Other Audiovisual Content 

Panelists: Peter Hamilton, Senior Consultant & Founder/Publisher/Editor of, Peter Hamilton Consultants Inc. (Moderator); Karen M. Robson, Partner, Pryor Cashman LLP; Ashley Tan, Assistant General Counsel, Buzzfeed; Alison Wauk, SVP, Chief Digital Counsel, CBS 


Panelists: Marissa Hurwitz, Agent, William Morris Endeavor; Huma Khan, Lead Business Affairs Counsel, Luminary Media; Merlyne Jean-Louis, Principal, Jean-Louis Law, P.C.; Anne Kennedy McGuire, Partner, Loeb & Loeb LLP (Moderator)

Video Games and Esports

Panelists: Jeffrey R. Cadwell, Partner, Dorsey & Whitney (Moderator); Benjamin E. Golant, Chief Counsel for Intellectual Property Policy and Legal Affairs, Entertainment Software Association; Leo Wan, Senior Legal Counsel, theScore esports; Gerald Wang, VP, Business Affairs at Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.; Stuart Goldfarb, General Counsel & Chief Operating Officer at Electronic Gaming Federation, Inc.

4:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.  Break


4:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.  Attorneys, Agents, and Managers: Changing Roles and Implications for Legal Ethics (1.5 Credits in Ethics) 

In the entertainment industry, attorneys often work with agents and managers who represent screenwriters, directors, talent and other artists in transactions and projects. 

In the sports world, attorneys, managers and agents also work together representing athletes in negotiating with leagues and doing endorsement and other deals. 

In this program, we will examine how the roles of attorneys, agents and managers in entertainment and sports are complementary or overlap, how they can create business opportunities for each other, and how these roles are changing as these industries evolve. We will also discuss the pending litigation by the Writers Guild of America against the four major talent agencies over the use of packaging fees and its impact on attorneys, agents and managers.  We will examine as well the applicable licensing requirements for agents in New York and California and the consequences of not being licensed. Finally, we will discuss the ethical implications for New York attorneys who wear different hats and may be found to be acting as agents and/or managers. Our panelists include attorneys, agents and managers involved in film, television, and sports as well as a Writers Guild general counsel and a legal ethics expert. 

Panelists: Hal Biagas, Executive Director, NALCS Players Association; Ann Burdick, General Counsel, Writers Guild of America East; Jack Greenbaum, Manager, The Arlook Group; Marc Jacobson, Principal, Marc Jacobson P.C.; Pery D. Krinsky, Principal, Krinsky PLLC (Moderator); Liz Orr, TV Literary Agent, Buchwald; Jill Pilgrim, Founder and Managing Attorney, Pilgrim & Associates

Reception: 5:45 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. | Off-site at Bill's Bar & Burger | 16 W 51st St, New York, NY 10019   

Co-sponsored with the Intellectual Property Law Section 

Section Chair: Barry Skidelsky, Esq., of counsel to Jin and Koppell PLLC, NY, New York

Program Chairs: Judith B.  Bass, Esq., Law Offices of Judith B. Bass, NYC; Anne S. Atkinson, Esq., Pryor Cashman LLP, NYC; Sarah Robertson, Esq., Dorsey & Whitney LLP, NYC 


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