LAIPLA (Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association) in conjunction with LMU Loyola Law School, Los Angeles continues its groundbreaking annual TechTainment™ program for a seventh year. TechTainment™ 7.0 will take place on Thursday, November 4, 2021. TechTainment™ is a unique conference, exploring the intersection of Technology, Entertainment, and the Law. We continue to focus on cutting edge technology, its effect on the entertainment ecosphere, and how the law and society keep up with these changes. This year we will explore issues and trends in Artificial Intelligence, Digital Production, Investment in Entertainment/Media Businesses, Talent Contracts, and Video Gaming.
This year’s conference will be presented both in person and virtually. Los Angeles COVID safety measures and protections will be in place for those attending in person. We are excited to gather together for a discussion with industry experts and continue to grow our TechTainment community.
**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 4.75 hours.
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Thursday, November 4, 2021
9:00 AM – 9:30 AM: Registration/Coffee & Snacks
9:30 AM – 9:40 AM: Opening Remarks
9:40 AM – 10:00 AM: Keeping Up with New Trends at the Intersection of Technology and Entertainment
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM: Hot Button Issues in the Video Gaming Industry
11:00 AM – 11:15 Networking Break
11:15 AM – 12:15 PM: Negotiating Talent Contracts in the Dynamic, Ever-Shifting Entertainment World
12:15 PM – 12:45 PM: Lunch
12:45 PM – 1:45 PM Fireside Chat with Harry E. Sloan, International Media/Entertainment Investor; moderated by Michael Waterstone, Dean of Loyola Law School
1:45 PM – 2:00 PM Networking Break
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Artificial Intelligence 2.0
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM: Fireside Chat on Digital Production
Keeping Up with New Trends at the Intersection of Technology and Entertainment
Keeping pace with the latest trends in technology in the entertainment industry can make you feel like a prehistoric dinosaur. Tracey Freed, founder of Freed Law, P.C. and former Assistant General Counsel at Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. will explore the latest media, tech, and cultural trends to keep you abreast of what’s hot and new. Freed, a Loyola Law School alum and professor, has been an expert in identifying trends in technology and a recurring speaker at TechTainment™ since its inception.
Hot Button Issues in the Video Gaming Industry
To stay competitive, Video Game Media companies quickly develop new technologies bringing new legal challenges that ripple throughout the industry. We will explore timely issues including Loot Boxes and Gambling laws; use of Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTS); and emerging privacy issues. The panel will feature Dan Nabel, Director and Associate General Counsel at Riot Games and Omer Salik, Vice President, Litigation and Intellectual Property at Activision Blizzard. Moderated by Larry Hadley, Partner, Chair of the Intellectual Property Department at Glaser Weil.
Fireside Chat between Harry E. Sloan, International Media/Entertainment Investor and Michael Waterstone, Dean of Loyola Law School –
A Loyola Law School alum, Harry Sloan is a pillar in the entertainment industry. Over the last four-decades, he has worked as an entertainment lawyer, entrepreneur, studio executive, and media investor. Mr. Sloan is the former chief executive of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. (“MGM”) and founder of SBS Broadcasting—once the second-largest broadcaster in Europe. He is a founding shareholder of Lionsgate Films and the former chairman of New World Entertainment. More recently, he has been at the cutting edge of the finance movement in the entertainment industry, and founded six special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs), including Flying Eagle (NASDAQ: FEAC) currently serving as its Chief Executive Officer and Chairman. Via his SPACs, he has taken both Draft Kings Inc. and Skillz Inc. public for a combined valuation of $6.8 billion. Moderated by Michael Waterstone, Dean of Loyola Law School.
Negotiating Talent Contracts in the Dynamic, Ever-Shifting Entertainment World
All eyes are watching Scarlett Johansson’s upcoming multi-million-dollar litigation against Disney stemming from its streaming Black Widow during the movie’s theatrical release. Johansson’s suit has opened the door for transparent discussion and new terms of negotiation. How can talent- or studio-side attorneys ensure that their clients are protected in the future of trailblazing technologies? Our experts will explore issues on the horizon. Confirmed panelists include Bobby Schwartz, a litigation partner at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP. Moderated by Julie Shapiro, Professor of Law and Director, Entertainment and Media Law Institute.
Artificial Intelligence 2.0
At TechTainment 2.0, we explored how Artificial Intelligence was changing the landscapes of technology and entertainment. In five years, we’ve come a long way, and many of those predictions have come true. Now, the business community expects that Artificial Intelligence will be one of the main driving factors in the coming decade to personalize customer experience. Moderated by Tracey Freed, who also moderated this panel five years ago. She will be joined by experts in the Artificial Intelligence.
This panel with will explore breakthrough technologies in video production that have been incorporated in television and feature productions such as The Mandalorian and The Lion King and will become ubiquitous for the future of entertainment.
LAIPLA Members, Loyola Alumni, [Beverly Hills Bar Association (BHBA) Members, Brazil California Chamber of Commerce (BCCC) Members, Los Angeles Country Bar Association (LACBA) ELIPS Members]: $125 ($150 after October 22, 2021)
LLS Students: $45 ($60 after October 22, 2021)
In-House: $50 ($65 after October 22, 2021)
Students: $50 ($65 after October 22, 2021)
Professors: $50 ($65 after October 22, 2021)
Non-Members: $150 ($175 after October 22, 2021)
LAIPLA Members, Loyola Alumni, [Beverly Hills Bar Association (BHBA) Members, Brazil California Chamber of Commerce (BCCC) Members, Los Angeles Country Bar Association (LACBA) ELIPS Members: $100 ($125 after October 22, 2021)
LLS Students: $35 ($45 after October 22, 2021)
In-House: $40 ($50 after October 22, 2021)
Students: $40 ($50 after October 22, 2021)
Professors: $40 ($50 after October 22, 2021)
Non-Members: $125 ($150 after October 22, 2021)
Registration deadline is Tuesday, November 2, 2021. Cancellations must be received by Tuesday, November 2, 2021. Registrations after Tuesday, November 2, 2021, will require a purchase of a ticket and payment of a supplemental late fee ($25 in-person / $15 virtual).
Parking is available in the building parking lot at a maximum cost of $25. Parking is not included in the event pricing.
HEALTH & SAFETY
Local mask mandates are currently in place for indoor events. TechTainment 7.0 will be held indoors and virtually. For those attending in-person, masks are currently required. Please note that LAIPLA will continue to monitor the situation and follow all Los Angeles County Department of Public Health guidelines. (www.publichealth.lacounty.gov) We will also follow any Loyola guidelines.
Tracey L. 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 as a Trailblazer by The American Lawyer Magazine, a Top Cyber/Artificial Intelligence Lawyer by the Daily Journal, Thriving in Their Forties by the L.A. Business Journal, 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 10 years ago, as well as a 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.
Lawrence M. Hadley, Partner, Chair of the Intellectual Property Department and Co-Chair of the Crisis Management & Response Department, Glaser Weil
Lawrence “Larry” M. Hadley represents a wide range of technology-industry clients; specializing his practice in patents, copyrights, and trade secrets. Mr. Hadley’s extensive experience includes intellectual property and complex litigation cases involving computer hardware and software, integrated circuit and processor design, wireless communications, medical devices, Internet communications, compression, and storage. His proficiency in technology has led him to appear in courts across the country and before the United States International Trade Commission (USITC).
As a former commercial ship and naval officer, and as a licensed pilot; he offers a diverse background, in addition to his 25+ years of legal experience. A highly-regarded thought-leader in intellectual property legal issues, Mr. Hadley acts as a frequent commentator on matters related to technology. Additionally, he previously served as a settlement officer in the Los Angeles Superior Court Voluntary Settlement Program and is ranked in Best Lawyers in America as a leading lawyer in Patent Litigation and in Benchmark Litigation as a Local Litigation Star (Los Angeles) in Intellectual Property.
Dan Nabel, Associate General Counsel, Riot Games
Dan Nabel is Director and Associate General Counsel at Riot Games. He lectures at USC Gould on Video Game Law and co-authored Video Game Law in a Nutshell (West Academic, 2018). He began his practice as a litigator at Greenberg Glusker and served as the director for USC Gould’s Intellectual Property and Technology Law Clinic before moving in-house.
Omer Salik, Vice President, Litigation and Intellectual Property at Activision Blizzard
Bobby Schwartz, Partner, Quinn Emanuel
Robert M. (“Bobby”) Schwartz is a partner in Quinn Emanuel’s Los Angeles office and co-chair of the Media & Entertainment Industry Practice. Over the last 30 years, Bobby has become a nationally recognized leader in large-stakes and often precedent-setting cases, particularly in the entertainment and media fields. He has represented every major motion picture studio and broadcast network, as well as film production companies, pay TV services, video game developers, record companies, recording artists, producers, writers, directors, and actors. He has had extensive experience and success in copyright, trademark, unfair competition, royalties and participations, First Amendment, defamation, employment, and complex business disputes. He has handled more than 100 class action cases around the country. He has also handled substantial disputes for companies well outside the media industry.
Harry E. Sloan
Harry E. Sloan is a successful international media investor, whose entrepreneurial spirit has been a guiding force throughout his career, helping him identify key investment opportunities with significant returns for his partners. In the past two years alone, he has raised more than $500 million in the public markets to invest into the entertainment industry to create new businesses.
Today, Sloan is chairman and CEO of Silver Eagle Acquisition Corp. (Nasdaq: EAGL), a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) formed to acquire domestic or international media/entertainment businesses with high growth potential. Silver Eagle’s initial public offering generated more than $325 million, the largest IPO investment raised by any U.S. SPAC in more than seven years.
Julie Shapiro, Professor of Law, Director, Entertainment and Media Law Institute
Julie Shapiro is the Director of the Entertainment and Media Law Institute and associate clinical professor at LMU Loyola Law School. A highly decorated and experienced attorney, Shapiro’s experience spans scripted and unscripted programming, new media platforms, domestic/international transactions, licensing, intellectual property and all aspects of production. Shapiro’s skills are extensive and diverse. She has worked on all sides of the business starting her legal career at The William Morris Agency. She built and led the business and legal affairs department of New Line Television, helped launch business/legal affairs for OWN: Oprah Winfrey’s Network and served as head of business affairs/general counsel to APA talent agency.
Prior to joining Loyola, Shapiro served as a Vice President and Legal & Business Affairs Counsel for Endeavor Content, where she provided guidance and counsel over the development, production and distribution of scripted programming. A true Hollywood power player, Shapiro brings a wealth of experience and contacts to LLS.
Michael Waterstone, Fritz B. Burns Dean, Loyola Law School Senior Vice President, Loyola Marymount University Professor of Law
Appointed as the 18th dean and senior vice president of LMU Loyola Law School, Los Angeles (LLS) on June 1, 2016, Dean Michael Waterstone is a nationally recognized expert in disability and civil rights law. Since the beginning of his tenure at LLS in 2006, Waterstone has served as the Associate Dean for Research and Academic Centers from 2009-2014, and as the dean from 2016 to present.
Waterstone has been a visiting professor at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, University of Haifa, Faculty of Law, and Northwestern University School of Law, where he was selected as the Outstanding First Year Professor in 2014-1015.
The Beverly Hills Bar Association (BHBA) was founded in 1931 to advocate for justice in the community and to assist its lawyer members reach and exceed the highest levels of legal skills and ethics.
Today, this revered institution has over 5,600 members practicing in all areas of the law and throughout the Los Angeles region, who share a commitment to professional excellence and service. It is the largest voluntary bar association in the State (that is not a county bar association), and the fifth largest metropolitan bar association in California
The Brazil-California Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit 501(c)(6) organization and the only Brazilian business association in Los Angeles. The Brazil-California Chamber of Commerce (BCCC) is your connection to influential people, innovative programs, valuable resources and important information about doing business in Brazil and with the Brazilian business community in Los Angeles.
For nearly 15 years, the BCCC has fostered business relations and commercial trade between Brazilian entities and California through our programs and advocacy initiatives. We provide our members with an exciting forum for promoting cultural exchanges and social interaction between Brazil and California, in cooperation with the Consulate General of Brazil in Los Angeles.
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.
The Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association (LAIPLA) is one of the nation’s premier intellectual property law associations. Since 1934, LAIPLA has been educating and connecting members of the local intellectual property legal community.
As a non-profit organization with more than 1,000 members, and 30+ Member Firms and Companies, LAIPLA represents a mix of in-house, large and small firm, and government attorneys; solo practitioners; and law students and professors who specialize in patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, and entertainment and technology law.
ABOUT LMU LOYOLA LAW SCHOOL
LMU Loyola Law School has been a TechTainment™ partner since the program’s 2015 inception. The partnership has been a natural fit considering the myriad LLS faculty and programs dedicated to the study and advancement of intellectual property law. In 2019-20 alone, LLS scholars published on a wide swath of IP issues: IP and the First Amendment, IP and economics, IP and privacy torts, custom, juries, authorship, athletes, social media platforms, digital fakes, fair use, misuse, infringement, drug development, and international human rights. They have explained how artificial intelligence and the online environment pose dangers with respect to sexual harassment, consumer protection and democracy itself. Their work takes the form of journal articles, books, chapters, encyclopedia entries, op-eds, briefs, legislative testimony and more. Additionally, LLS fosters a dialogue around IP issues through its IP Speaker Series, sessions of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and related events. Likewise, the law school’s Entertainment & Media Law Institute convenes top practitioners in the field for discussions about emerging trends while also helping students network with industry veterans. LLS The Hollywood Reporter and Variety have taken notice, with both ranking LLS among their lists of top entertainment law schools in 2020. Learn more at www.lls.edu.