November 17-19, 2020
LAIPLA, in conjunction with Loyola Law School, continues its groundbreaking TechTainment™ program, with TechTainment™ 6.0. TechTainment™ is a unique conference, exploring the intersection of Technology, Entertainment, and 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. This year’s conference will explore the concept of The Augmented Human, future trends in virtual entertainment, the explosion of podcast industry, and the tensions between social media content moderation and free expression.
Our conference will be virtual, via Zoom. Unlike other virtual conferences, we are incorporating networking time before and after our panels, using Zoom Breakout Rooms. We’ll also have, an online social event to cap off the conference. We programmed our conference over a three–day period to minimize work disruption and expand the reach of the TechTainment community. No longer limited to a physical location, we hope to have registrants from not only Los Angeles, but throughout California, and beyond.
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(All times in PST)
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
11:45 AM- 12:00 PM: Registration/Networking – Zoom Breakout Rooms
12:00 PM– 12:35 PM: Keynote: “The Augmented Human”, Ted Schilowitz, Futurist, Paramount Pictures
12:35 PM –12:45 PM: Panel: Networking – Zoom Breakout Rooms
12:45 PM – 2:00 PM: Real Fun, Virtually the Same as Before?
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
11:45 AM- 12:00 PM: Registration/Networking – Zoom Breakout Rooms
12:00 PM- 1:15 PM: Panel: The Podcast Explosion
1:15 PM – 1:30 PM: Networking – Zoom Breakout Rooms
Thursday, November 19, 2020
11:45 AM- 12:00 PM: Registration/Networking – Zoom Breakout Rooms
12:00 PM- 1:15 PM: Panel: Social Media Platforms, Content Moderation, and Who Watches the Watchers?
1:15 PM – 1:45 PM: Online Social Event
1:45 PM – 2:00 PM: Networking – Zoom Breakout Rooms
The Augmented Human
“The Augmented Human” is a lighthearted, thought provoking journey, asking some basic questions on where are we as a human race today, and are we ready for the next steps in visualization at new levels of spatial immersion and intensity. We are continually evolving and improving our visual technology tools to learn, entertain, enjoy, socialize and collaborate in more and more sophisticated and powerful ways.
How much of what will create the success points in the emerging fields of VR and AR is truly related to pure technology advancements and how much is about humanity and our choices on how we’ve integrated technology into our modern lifestyles? The more we know about ourselves, the more we can predict the future forms of entertainment and productivity and what role cutting edge technology plays in our day to day lives. Keynote by Ted Schilowitz, Futurist, Paramount Pictures
Real Fun, Virtually the Same as Before?
In-person entertainment of all types has been restricted by the pandemic. Even after restrictions are lifted, how will location-based entertainment thrive in a possibly socially-distanced world? As society gets back to going out, will adoption of AR/VR technologies accelerate? How can AR/VR entertainment technology reduce the impact of enhanced hygiene and capacity measures? Our incredible panelists bring their expertise in AR/VR and non-virtual entertainment to discuss what an augmented future could look like at a ball game, park, theater, or show. Featuring Tammy Brandt, Chief Legal Officer at Dreamscape, Brent Bushnell, CEO at Two Bit Circus, Christian Dieckman, VP of Strategic Growth at Cedar Fair, Ishita Kapur, Principal Program Manager – Mixed Reality Content Strategy at Microsoft, and Gene Rogers, Vice President, Global Live and Location Based Entertainment at Lionsgate. Moderated by Oral Caglar, Principal Counsel, Corporate Legal Technology at Disney.
The Podcast Explosion
If you think the podcasting industry consists of that one audio crime podcast you listen to on Apple or Spotify, think again! Join this group of industry insiders and experts as they break down the basics of this exploding industry! Learn all about the structure, business models and ecosystem of the podcasting universe, the ins and outs of podcast production, microcasts, live streaming and events, and the novel business and legal issues cropping up in this exciting, rapidly changing space. Featuring, Brandon Bauman, Global Head of Legal Affairs – Original Content- Spotify, Agnes Kozera, CEO & Co-Founder, Podcorn, Peter Morris, CEO, PodcastOne. Moderated by Tracey Freed, Founder of Freed Law, P.C. and former Assistant General Counsel, Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.
Social Media Platforms, Content Moderation, and Who Watches the Watchers?
Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms have become critical fora for personal, political, and cultural expression. But they remain private-owned online service providers and the early “wild West” of self-expression on social media is now increasingly subject to “content moderation” – corporate-established mechanisms determining what speech will and will not be permitted as well as what communications will otherwise be curated with competing and compensatory messages. Twitter has flagged tweets by President Trump it considers inaccurate – and linked them to “fact check” information; Instagram bans images of self-harm and self-abuse; and Facebook has a wide range of community standards enforced by algorithms, a vast corps of human reviewers, and an appellate process for when it removes posts. These days many things a speaker might say (or show) in a TED Talk could be banned from posting on social media platforms.
How is the balance being struck between free speech and social standards on these platforms? Is self-regulation succeeding in curbing the worst effects of social media or is it making things worse? What kind of self-governance can corporations establish for content moderation that is effective, reasonably transparent, and acceptable to users? Will the social media platforms avoid government involvement or is some public oversight inevitable?
Featuring speaker Kate Klonik, Assistant Professor of Law, St. John’s University School of Law. Moderated by Justin Hughes, Professor of Law at Loyola Law School.
TechTainment™ ticket allows you to attend all three sessions.
In-House: $35 ($50 after November 10, 2020)
LAIPLA Members, Loyola Alumni, $45 ($60 after November 10, 2020)
Non-Members: $55 ($65 after November 10, 2020)
Students: $25 ($35 after November 10, 2020)
Professors: $25 ($35 after November 10, 2020)
Each ticket will permit the registrant to attend each of the three (3) sessions. Each ticket is unique for a given registrant and cannot be shared by different individuals on different days.
Group Packages: A three-ticket package may be purchased by any firm, company or organization. Prior to the event, you will provide the Names and Email addresses of the attendees. You may purchase multiple 3-packs.
3 pack for in-house attorneys from the same company - $90 (offer ends November 10, 2020)
3 pack for attorneys from the same firm - $120 (offer ends November 10, 2020)
10 pack for students from the same school - $200 (offer ends November 10, 2020)
It is the responsibility of the purchaser of a Group Package to email the names and email addresses of all attendees to be registered under the purchaser’s Group Package to email@example.com no later than Wednesday, November 11, 2020; only those individuals for whom LAIPLA receives their name and emails addresses by the November 11th deadline will be able to attend. All registrants in a Group Package must either be from the same firm, company or law school.
Cancellations must be received by the pre-registration deadline of Tuesday, November 10, 2020 to be refunded.
Brandon Bauman, Global Head of Legal Affairs – Original Content- Spotify
Brent Bushnell, CEO, Two Bit Circus
Tammy Brandt, Chief Legal Officer, Dreamscape Immersive
Tammy is Chief Legal Officer of Dreamscape Immersive. From 2001 to 2007, Brandt served as corporate associate for a pair of high-profile firms—Jones Day and Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton—where she specialized in high-level financing and mergers and acquisitions. She then made the move in house, joining Toyota Motor Sales as managing counsel.
In 2010, she garnered her first triple role, as vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for ServiceMesh, a cutting-edge provider of next-gen IT services. While there, Brandt helped spearhead an eight-figure investment round from a leading venture capital firm—an accomplishment that’s since become something of a calling card.
From there it was on to Computer Sciences Corporation (which later became DXC Technology), where Brandt once again helped orchestrate many significant merger and acquisition transactions. In 2017, after four years occupying a laundry list of roles, Brandt moved to Dreamscape.
Oral Caglar, Principal Counsel, Corporate Legal Technology, Disney
Oral Caglar is a Principal Counsel in the Corporate Legal Technology Group at the Walt Disney Company. His legal career has focused on technology and intellectual property. He is a past board member of LAIPLA and graduate of Loyola Law School.
Christian Dieckman, VP of Strategic Growth, Cedarfare
Tracey Freed, Founder, 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 and SuperLawyer by Los Angeles Magazine. Freed advises emerging growth 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 creation, 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 was also an Adjunct Professor at Loyola Law School where she taught “Digital Media and the Law” a class she designed and originated over 9 years ago, as well as her second originally 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.
Justin Hughes , Professor of Law, 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.
Ishita Kapur, Principal Program Manager, Mixed Reality Content Strategy and Partnerships, Microsoft
Leads Content Strategy and Partnerships for Microsoft’s portfolio of Mixed Reality devices. Past lives include working on user experience and product development for HoloLens, Windows Mixed Reality and AltspaceVR. Passionate about storytelling, entertainment, humanizing technology and happiest when helping content creators bring their vision to life.
Kate Klonik, Assistant Professor of Law, St. John’s University, School of Law
Kate Klonick has taught at St. John’s University since 2018, where she is an Assistant Professor of Law. Her research on networked technologies’ effect on social norm enforcement, freedom of expression, and private governance has appeared in numerous law reviews as well as the New York Times, New Yorker, The Atlantic, and The Guardian. Professor Klonick holds a Ph.D. from Yale and received her J.D. from Georgetown. Prior to joining the St. John’s faculty, she clerked for Judge Richard Wesley on the Second Circuit and was a resident fellow at Yale Law School’s Information Society Project.
Agnes Kozera, Co-Founder & CEO, Podcorn
Agnes Kozera is a serial entrepreneur in the native advertising space. Agnes is currently the Co-Founder and CEO of Podcorn, the first and leading podcast marketplace, using tech and data to connect podcasters and brands to create, distribute, and influence listeners natively, while making it easy for podcasters to monetize their voices and passions in a way that is engaging for listeners. Prior to Podcorn, Agnes was a Product Manager at Google and is the Co-Founder behind the Google-owned branded content platform FameBit. FameBit became the leading marketplace where brands and YouTube stars collaborate for branded content and the company was acquired by Google in 2016. Agnes’ industry accomplishments have been profiled in New York Times, WSJ, Forbes, Variety, Fast Company, Entrepreneur, Fast Co, and many other publications and she has been continuously recognized as one of the most innovative entrepreneurs in media and technology.
Peter Morris, CEO, PodcastOne
Peter Morris is CEO of leading podcast network, PodcastOne. Amassing more than 2.1 billion downloads annually, the network produces 400+ episodes weekly across a stable of hundreds of top podcast programs, including influencer talent like Adam Carolla, Shaquille O’Neal, Steve Austin, Kaitlyn Bristowe, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Demi Burnett, Autumn Calabrese, Spencer and Heidi Pratt, Heather and Terry Dubrow, LadyGang, Trisha Paytas, Dr. Drew, Chael Sonnen, Rich Eisen, and hundreds more.
Prior to joining PodcastOne, he held senior management roles in business development and business affairs across film, television and digital media, most recently serving as Executive Vice President of Barstool Sports. Morris also previously held posts as EVP of Entertainment at IMAX, and Head of Business Affairs & Strategy and General Counsel at Funny or Die.
Morris is a graduate of the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and received his law degree from the Georgia State University College of Law. He and his wife and their two daughters reside in Santa Monica, CA.
Gene Rogers, Vice President, Lionsgate Global Live and Location Based Entertainment
As Vice President of Global Live and Location Based Entertainment at Lionsgate, Gene Rogers helps lead the location-based projects inspired by Company’s iconic film and television properties. With over 20 years of experience in the location based industry, Rogers is responsible for maintaining the overall schedule, budget, and resources of the projects while adapting to shifting dynamics.
Rogers has worked on projects such as the Lionsgate Zone in the Motiongate Dubai theme park; Lionsgate Entertainment World, the world’s first vertical theme park in Hengqin, China, which opened its doors in July 2019; Lionsgate Movie World, an entire outdoor theme park on South Korea’s Jeju Island featuring attractions based on blockbuster films such as The Hunger Games and The Twilight Saga; and a roster of global touring shows including La La Land in Concert and Now You See Me Live, along with multiple other live projects set to open on Broadway.
Ted Schilowitz, Futurist, Paramount Pictures, (Keynote Speaker)
Ted spends his time and pursues his passion in a unique role in the motion picture entertainment industry. As the Futurist at Paramount pictures, Ted works with studio leadership and the technology teams at Paramount / Viacom/CBS, exploring forms of new and emerging technologies, with an emphasis on Virtual and Mixed Reality.
Prior to joining Paramount, Ted was the Futurist at 20th Century Fox, where he worked on the evolving art, science and technology of advanced interactive visual storytelling. He was part of the creation team for the Martian VR and Wild VR experiences, which premiered at CES and Sundance as groundbreaking projects that pushed the envelope of Virtual Reality storytelling, In addition, Ted was part of the creation teams for the Alien, Planet of the Apes and Predator VR experiences at Fox, and at his current home at Paramount Pictures, he’s been instrumental in bringing the Grease Mixed Reality experience, the Light as a Feather mixed reality experience and the Quiet Place Virtual Reality experience to life.
Ted has presented worldwide at numerous conferences on the advancements in next generation visual experiences for the movie, television and, interactive entertainment industries. He’s been featured in Wired, Variety, NY Times, LA Times, Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, The Hollywood Reporter, NBC, CNET, Studio Daily, Videography, Film and Video, DV Magazine, TV Technology, HD Video Pro, Engadget, Gizmodo, Millimeter, American Cinematographer, MacWorld, Post Magazine, Popular Science, and countless other publications discussing his areas of passion and exploration. In 2019, Ted was honored at the Variety Hall of Fame event with the Variety Innovation Award.
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