LAIPLA, in conjunction with Loyola Law School, continues its groundbreaking TechTainment™ program, with TechTainment™ 5.0. TechTainment is a unique conference, exploring the intersection of Technology and Entertainment though the lens of the Law. Los Angeles is at the World’s cross-roads of Technology and Entertainment, making TechTainment™ a must attend event for IP and Entertainment attorneys, as well as industry experts, throughout LA. With in-house attorneys, experts, industry insiders and professors, we will explore the current trends and issues related to recent developments in both the law and technology that are sure to leave an indelible mark on the entertainment industry. The conference will include a continental breakfast and end with a networking reception.
**Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association (provider # 2083) certifies that this activity has been approved for MCLE credit by the State Bar of California in the amount of 5.0 hours.
Summer Special: $110 (Ends August 31, 2019). Note: This price is available to anyone that registers.
LAIPLA Members, Loyola Alumni, Beverly Hills Bar Association (BHBA) Members, Brazil California Chamber of Commerce (BCCC) Members, Downtown Los Angeles Bar Association (DTLABA) Members, Los Angeles Country Bar Association (LACBA) ELIPS Members and Orange County Intellectual Property Law Association (OCIPLA) Members: $150 ($175 after September 20, 2019)
Non-Members: $175 ($200 after September 20, 2019)
Pre-registration deadline is Friday, September 20. After Friday, September 20, the registration fee increases by $25. Cancellations must be received by the pre-registration deadline of Friday, September 20.
Parking is available in the building parking lot at a maximum cost of $20. Parking is not included in the event pricing.
8:30 AM- 9:30 AM: Registration/Continental Breakfast
9:30 AM – 9:40 AM: Opening Remarks – Dean Peggy Rajski
9:40 AM – 10:40 AM: Electronics Overload
10:40 AM – 11:00 AM: TBD
11:00 AM – 11:30 AM: Keynote
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM eSports: The Evolution from Game Consoles to Cereal Boxes, Coliseums & World Championships
12:30 PM – 1:45 PM: Lunch
1:45 PM – 2:45 PM: Rebooting the Studio
2:45 PM – 3:00 PM: Networking Break
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Dealing with the Faux
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Reception/Appetizers & Drinks
Together technology and content providers have redefined “entertainment” to create platforms that have become completely integrated IRL (“In Real Life”) and more addictive than ever. It’s no surprise, therefore, that the average American adult currently spends eight and a half hours a day in front of a screen, and the average American child (8-18) over seven hours a day. This panel of experts will explore growing trends by technology and entertainment companies to balance competing interests of consumers and shareholders, including looking at the available tools. Featuring educator Jason Ablin, Ablin Education, Claudine Sokol, Vice President, Media Commercial Advertiser/Agency Services at Nielsen. Moderated by Mark Treitel, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan.
eSports: The Evolution from Game Consoles to Cereal Boxes, Coliseums & World Championships
Since their inception, video games have captivated and entertained users, and the notion of competitive gaming closely followed. The first large scale video game competition, The Space Invaders Championship, was held by Atari in 1980 and attracted more than 10,000 participants across the U.S. Now, in recent years, eSports have gone through tremendous growth, both in terms of viewership and prize money. In 2019 alone, there has been almost $120 M awarded in nearly 3,000 tournaments. The top 100 players have all earned more than $100,000 and the top 10 over $1,000,000. Worldwide viewership of eSports has topped 300 million and is expected to grow to over 600 million by 2023, opening the door for a range of high-profile corporate sponsors. With double digit growth expected for the foreseeable future, this panel of experts will explore the opportunities and hurdles the eSports industry is likely to face over the next several years.
Featuring Erika Georgiou, Associate General Counsel at FaZe Clan, Chris Shim, AZYT Global Talent, Chief Executive Officer, Mary Tuck, Vice President, Legal at Activision Blizzard, Jason Woo, General Manager and Chief Strategy Officer at Next Generation Esports (NGE) and moderated by Dave Randall, shareholder at Brooks Kushman.
Rebooting the Studio
Technology has always been at the forefront of entertainment, from how it is created, to how it is distributed, consumed, and marketed. Our panel of studio experts will explore the technologies that are most likely to disrupt the studio entertainment business next, and the opportunities and challenges those technologies may present. The panel features: Jonathan Anschell, Executive Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at CBS Corporation, Eva Feder, Senior Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs at Lionsgate, Tim Lee, Principal Counsel at The Walt Disney Company, and moderated by Tracey Freed, Freed Law, P.C.
Dealing with the Faux
In 1993, the New Yorker published a cartoon that became an abiding meme of the digital, networked environment: on the internet, no one knows you’re a dog. Today separating truth from fiction, real from unreal, has become a major concern for internet platforms, news organizations, the entertainment industry, and policymakers. What can be done about ‘fake news’ – and how can recognized news sources prevent their brands from being coopted by it? How can we sensibly fight “deep fake” pornography in which celebrities (almost always women) are made to appear in online sex scenes? In a future in which actors – both living and dead – can be digitally inserted in audiovisual works, what’s the right balance between protecting performers and safeguarding free expression? Are disclaimers enough for a lot of the “faux” enough? In a world in which any of us can be the target of an online “digital replica,” what is to be done?
Featuring Jeff Hermes, Deputy Director, Media Law Resource Center, Ben Sheffner, Senior Vice President & Associate General Counsel, Copyright & Legal Affairs, Motion Picture Association of America, Professor Eugen Volokh, at UCLA School of Law, Danielle Van Lier, Assistant General Counsel, Intellectual Property & Contracts at SAG-AFTRA, and moderated by Loyola Law School’s Professor Justin Hughes.
Director at Ablin Educational Services
With close to 30 years in education and educational leadership, Jason Ablin has served as a teacher, principal and head of school. He holds national certification in leadership coaching and mentoring from the National Association of School Principals and has been supporting and mentoring new leaders throughout the country for over 15 years. Ablin has also developed curriculum and strategic planning to train young and upcoming leaders at all levels of primary and secondary schools in order to ensure excellence in schools and to rethink the development of leadership
He has integrated one-to-one technology innovation programs in 4 different schools, three high schools and one K-8 program most recently at Hillel Hebrew Academy in Los Angeles which became an Apple Distinguished School in 2016. As a lecturer at American Jewish University’s programs for teacher training and advanced master’s degrees in education and in school-based teacher workshops, he trains teachers on creating gender aware classrooms and has also taught year-long courses to teams of educators in schools as well as graduate level seminars regarding the relationship between cognitive neuroscience and education. He is currently the director of the Certification in Mentor teacher and Leadership program also at the AJU.
Jonathan H. Anschell serves as Executive Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Secretary for CBS Corporation. Mr. Anschell oversees the Company’s securities, corporate governance, executive compensation, ERISA and real estate matters, and assists the Chief Legal Officer with respect to Board of Directors matters. Mr. Anschell also supervises the CBS Law Department’s intellectual property and labor and employment practice groups.
In addition to his corporate role, Mr. Anschell serves as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of CBS Broadcasting Inc. In that capacity, Mr. Anschell oversees the legal affairs and standards and practices functions for the Company’s televised entertainment and news operations.
Senior Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs, Lionsgate
Eva Feder is Senior Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs at Lionsgate and a member of the State Bar of California. A graduate of Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law, Eva began her career in the entertainment industry at Summit Entertainment as a legal intern, later becoming in-house legal counsel, and eventually moving to Lionsgate following its acquisition of Summit Entertainment in 2012, where she was promoted to her current position. While Eva works on a variety of legal matters and agreements, she specializes in legal marketing, licensing, and merchandising for film and television properties, namely for global live and location-based entertainment (e.g., theme parks, live stage, touring exhibitions), video games, virtual reality, consumer products, and ancillary rights acquisitions. Eva also oversees in-house Lionsgate’s intellectual property portfolio working with outside counsel. Her work has involved many of Lionsgate’s and Summit’s most successful franchises, including The Twilight Saga, The Hunger Games, Mad Men, and Orange is the New Black.
Freed Law P.C.
Tracey Freed is Founder of Freed Law, P.C., a boutique law firm specializing in digital media, entertainment and technology transactions based in Venice Beach. Freed has been recognized by the Daily Journal as one of the Top Cyber/Artificial Intelligence Lawyers out of 20 practicing in California in 2018, and a Rising Star in Los Angeles magazine for the past 4 years. Freed advises emerging companies, Hollywood studios, and Fortune 100 companies at the intersection of media, technology, advertising and innovation, including structuring and negotiating commercial transactions related to content distribution and monetization, technology commercialization, branded content & influencer marketing, AR/VR & social gaming, artificial intelligence, big data and ad tech. Freed is a frequent speaker at national conferences, and has been quoted and interviewed by various news outlets and industry podcasts. Freed is also currently an Adjunct Professor at Loyola Law School where she teaches “Digital Media and the Law” a class she designed and originated over 9 years ago, and newly designed class, “Artificial Intelligence and the Law.” Prior to founding Freed Law, P.C., Freed was Assistant General Counsel, Digital Networks at Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc. where she was the head lawyer for Crackle, one of few streaming video platforms in existence at such time, brokering “first of kind” and deal precedent setting transactions in the OTT/mobile video streaming industry. Freed began her career as a corporate and intellectual property associate at Irell & Manella LLP. Freed was an inaugural member of the TechTainment planning team, and is an alumnus of Loyola Law School.
Associate General Counsel at FaZe Clan
Erika Georgiou is Associate General Counsel at FaZe Clan, one of the largest esports organizations in the world. FaZe Clan currently has six separate esports franchises and reaches over 220 million viewers on social media. Erika advises Faze Clan on all aspects of its business, including athlete agreements, streaming and social media content, league and franchise agreements, brand partnerships, and IP protection and monetization.
Deputy Director, Media Law Resource Center
Jeff is the Director of the Digital Media Law Project at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society. Jeff joined the DMLP as its Assistant Director in April 2011, and continued in that role until October 2011, when he succeeded founding director David Ardia.
Prior to joining the Berkman Center, Jeff assisted a wide array of clients in First Amendment, media, intellectual property and Internet law issues as a partner in the litigation practice of Brown Rudnick LLP and later as counsel to Hermes, Netburn, O’Connor & Spearing, P.C. in Boston. Over the last fourteen years, Jeff has represented an international media network and its subsidiaries, major metropolitan newspapers, local broadcasters on television and radio, Internet-based publishers and social media networks. He has written for numerous publications and spoken at a wide array of events on media law and other issues.
Professor Justin Hughes
Loyola Law School
Justin Hughes is the Hon. William Matthew Byrne Distinguished Professor of Law at Loyola Law School, where he teaches international trade and intellectual property courses. He previously taught at Cardozo Law School in New York. From 2009 until 2013, Professor Hughes also served as Senior Advisor to the Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property. In that capacity, he was the US chief negotiator for two multilateral treaties, the Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances (2012) and the Marrakesh Treaty for the Blind (2013). He has also taught at UCLA and DePaul University.
Educated at Oberlin and Harvard, Professor Hughes practiced international arbitration in Paris, was a Mellon Fellow in the Humanities, and, as a Henry Luce Scholar, clerked for the Lord President of the Supreme Court of Malaysia. From 2006-2009, he was Chairman of the Technicolor/Thomson Foundation for Film and Television Heritage. Professor Hughes has also done volunteer democracy development work in Albania, Bosnia, El Salvador, Haiti, and Mali.
More information can be found at www.justinhughes.net.
Principal Counsel at The Walt Disney Company
Timothy Lee is Principal Counsel at The Walt Disney Company. Mr. Lee counsels Disney on all types of patent-related matters, including obtaining and managing patent rights, litigation, licensing, product counseling and acquisitions. Prior to joining Disney in 2010, Mr. Lee was in private practice with O’Melveny & Myers LLP in Los Angeles, where he represented clients on patent litigations in a variety of technical fields. Earlier in his career he worked as a patent examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark office. Mr. Lee is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center and Princeton University (B.S.E., Electrical Engineering). Mr. Lee is admitted to the bar of the State of California and is registered to practice in front of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
David is a shareholder with Brooks Kushman. Based in the firm’s Los Angeles office, he routinely represents clients in complex IP litigation matters before federal courts throughout the United States, and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. David also frequently assists clients with the development and management of worldwide patent and trademark portfolios, as well as issues concerning product design. David’s experience covers a broad range of technologies, including software and video game technologies. David has been consistently recognized by Best Lawyers in America as one of the top intellectual property litigators in America. He is also active in the IP community; he is presently on the Secretary of the LAIPLA, he co-chaired the 2014 and 2018 LAIPLA Spring Seminar Planning Committees and the 2018 and 2019 TechTainment™ Planning Committees, and he has been an active member of the Intellectual Property Owners Association’s U.S. Post-Grant Patent Office Practice Committee since 2013.
Dean Peggy Rajski
Dean of the LMU School of Film and Television
Peggy Rajski brings the knowledge and leadership skills she gained as an Academy Award-winning filmmaker, activist, and academic to her role as dean of LMU’s School of Film and Television. She launched her career during the independent film movement in the 1980s. Her many credits include three of writer/director John Sayles’s early films: The Brother from Another Planet, Matewan, and Eight Men Out; Stephen Frears’s film-noir classic The Grifters, and Jodie Foster’s directorial debut Little Man Tate and her second film Home for the Holidays.
Rajski won an Academy Award in 1995 for Best Live Action Short for her directorial debut Trevor, a comedy about a young teen whose world is turned upside down when word spreads at school that he might be gay. Based on strong public response to the film, she founded The Trevor Project, America’s first 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention non-profit dedicated to LGBTQ+ youth. More than twenty years after its founding, The Trevor Project is the world’s largest such organization.
More recently, Rajski spent eight years at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Film Program as head of studies for producing. She’s a longstanding member of the Directors Guild of America, Film Independent, and the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), which has named her a Live Action Icon.
Senior Vice President & Associate General Counsel, Copyright & Legal Affairs, at the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc.
Ben Sheffner is Senior Vice President & Associate General Counsel, Copyright & Legal Affairs, at the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc., where he specializes in copyright and other intellectual property policy. Ben previously held in-house legal positions at NBCUniversal and Twentieth Century Fox, and worked as an associate in the Century City office of O’Melveny & Myers LLP, where he litigated copyright and other cases for major movie studios, television networks, and record labels. In 2008, Ben served as Special Counsel on Senator John McCain’s presidential campaign, where, among other responsibilities, he handled the campaign’s copyright, trademark, and other intellectual property issues. Ben served as a law clerk for the Hon. M. Margaret McKeown on the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from 2000-2001. Ben received an A.B. from Harvard College in 1993 and a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) in 2000.
AZYT Global Talent, Chief Executive Officer
Chris Shim is the CEO of AZYT Management, an eSports agency that represents the most skilled professional players. Mr. Shim’s passion for the industry is fervent- as prior to AZYT, he owned an eSports team and organized various tournaments. During Mr. Shim’s previous work experiences, he was responsible for managing players as well as seeking partnerships with influential figures and sponsors.
Throughout his career within the industry, Mr. Shim has developed productive connections with other people who share his passion for eSports. Whether it be players, streamers, or sponsors, Mr. Shim reliably outsources for AZYT, making his experience more valuable than any particular skill. Within the fast-paced industry, Mr. Shim is able to lead the company to the best direction possible by using his career history to guide him.
Vice President, Media Commercial Advertiser/Agency Services, Nielsen
Claudine Sokol is a 23 year veteran of the Nielsen Company, America’s leading media measurement, and analytics company. Claudine spent the majority of her career in Local Media, launching electronic measurement in the SouthWest and helping to launch the several English and Spanish broadcast networks. Additionally, Claudine has worked with talent agencies, major CPG and Automotive advertisers across the country.
Most recently Claudine has been working on educating and updating the major Advertising Agencies across the country in both National and Local media. Expanding into Audio, Addressable and Digital platforms. She is often called upon to explain the changing media landscape and how US households continue to change the consumption of media and the growth in devices.
Over the years, Claudine has served as a mentor to new client service reps and values working with others across all media verticals.
Claudine, who is a Los Angeles Native, still lives in Los Angeles with her four children.
Quinn Emmanuel Urquhart and Sullivan, LLP
Mark is passionate about technology and the intersection of entertainment. He is an intellectual property attorney in the Los Angeles offices of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart and Sullivan, LLP since 2005. Mark has broad based Corporate and Patent, Trade Secret, Copyright, Trademark, IP Litigation and Discovery experience representing clients including Qualcomm, Samsung, Nokia, Pfizer, IBM, DirecTV, Teledyne Technologies and Multimedia Patent Trust among others.
Mark was President of LAIPLA (2017-2018) and served as an Officer and on the Board of Directors. He instituted many of great programs for LAIPLA. Mark is most proud of founding TechTainment, with Loyola Law School, and co-chairing the conference for the past five years. He has previously moderated panels and was recognized as an IP Hero in 2014.
Vice President, Legal at Activision Blizzard
Mary Tuck is Vice President, Legal at Activision Blizzard. She has been with the company for 13 years and has been working on its esports initiatives for the last 3, including on the core team responsible for designing the structure for the Overwatch League and now the Call of Duty League. Mary also manages legal for the company’s other emerging businesses, consumer products and film and television. Prior to working on esports, Mary managed the company’s litigation and intellectual property.
Danielle S. Van Lier
Assistant General Counsel, Intellectual Property & Contracts at SAG-AFTRA
Danielle Van Lier is assistant general counsel, intellectual property and contracts at SAG-AFTRA where she is responsible for managing SAG-AFTRA’s third-party contracts and intellectual property, as well as other efforts aimed at protecting the rights of SAG-AFTRA and its members. Van Lier has written several amicus curiae briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the California Supreme Court on issues including rights of publicity, copyright, and other issues impacting the entertainment industry. She is an adjunct professor at Southwestern Law School where she has taught courses on the Entertainment Guilds and Trademark Law and she previously taught Sports Law and Entertainment Law at Western State College of Law.
Van Lier earned her J.D. from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. She has a B.A. in Japanese Language, Literature and Cultural Studies from UC Santa Barbara and just finished a postgraduate degree in Innovation, Technology and the Law through University of Edinburgh.
Eugene Volokh teaches free speech law, tort law, religious freedom law, church-state relations law, and a First Amendment amicus brief clinic at UCLA School of Law, where he has also often taught copyright law, criminal law, and a seminar on firearms regulation policy. Before coming to UCLA, he clerked for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the U.S. Supreme Court and for Judge Alex Kozinski on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Volokh is the author of the textbooks The First Amendment and Related Statutes (5th ed. 2013), The Religion Clauses and Related Statutes (2005), and Academic Legal Writing (4th ed. 2010), as well as over 75 law review articles and over 80 op-eds, listed below. He is a member of The American Law Institute, a member of the American Heritage Dictionary Usage Panel, and the founder and coauthor of The Volokh Conspiracy, a Weblog that gets about 35-40,000 pageviews per weekday. He is among the five most cited then-under-45 faculty members listed in the Top 25 Law Faculties in Scholarly Impact, 2005-2009 study, and among the forty most cited faculty members on that list without regard to age.
General Manager and Chief Strategy Officer at Next Generation Esports (NGE)
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The Entertainment Law and Intellectual Property Section focuses on a wide variety of entertainment and intellectual property law issues including copyright, patent, trademark, new media, licensing, unfair competition, libel, privacy, and right of publicity issues. The section consists of and welcomes all types of intellectual property and entertainment lawyers in these and other fields, including transactional and litigation lawyers, in-house counsel, and lawyers in private practice.
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