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Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry 2012 - Book Publishing; Sports Law; Film


Speaker(s): Alison Cohen, Brian L. Burkin, Elizabeth A. McNamara, Gail Ross, Howard Siegel, John Schline, Joseph J. Dapello, K.J. Greene, Kenneth M. Kaufman, Lateef Mtima
Recorded on: Mar. 14, 2012
PLI Program #: 34206

Brian L. Burkin  

Position:

  • EVP, Sony International Motion Picture Production
  • SVP, Columbia Business Affairs



Primary Areas of Practice:

  • Business Affairs and Operations



Law School:

  • Tulane Law School
     

Professional Memberships:

  •  NY bar, NJ bar


K.J. Greene is a native New Yorker, a former U.S. Marine and a graduate of Yale Law School.  Greene clerked for the Michigan Supreme Court following graduation from Yale,  He then practiced law in New York at Cravath, Swaine and Moore, as well as at the entertainment boutique of Frankfurt, Garbus, Klein and Selz.  Greene has represented clients such as Time-Warner/HBO, film director Spike Lee, the rap group Public Enemy and singer Bobby Brown.

Greene joined the faculty of Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego in 1997, and teaches Contracts, Entertainment Law and Music Law. He has published extensively on intellectual property issues, including copyright, trademark and rights of publicity. In 2005, Greene was selected by peers in the San Diego IP bar as one of the top ten attorneys in Intellectual Property in San Diego county.  Greene's 2008 article in Chapman Law Review entitled "Intellectual Property Expansion---the Good, the Bad and the Right of Publicity" was selected by Thompson-West as one of the best intellectual property articles of the year.


Joseph J. Dapello is a founding partner of Schreck Rose Dapello & Adams LLP, a boutique entertainment law firm based in New York and Los Angeles that is dedicated to serving the creative community throughout the world.  The firm represents a variety of clients in all areas of the entertainment business, including film, television, theater, publishing, music and digital media.  Currently, Mr. Dapello’s practice focuses on the representation of actors, directors and writers and the financing, production and distribution of motion pictures and television programs.  Recent projects in which clients have been involved include the films “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” “Manchester by the Sea,” and “Nocturnal Animals” and the series “House of Cards,” “Transparent” and “Veep.”

Mr. Dapello has served as an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Entertainment, Media and Technology program at the Stern School of Business at New York University, and has been a member of entertainment law panels at Harvard Law School and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.  He is also a frequent lecturer on entertainment law at organizations such as the Practising Law Institute, Independent Feature Project (IFP) and the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, and has been recognized as one of The Best Lawyers in America in the field of Entertainment Law.

Mr. Dapello received his Juris Doctor degree in 1988 from Harvard Law School and his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1985 from Columbia College.  He is admitted to the New York State Bar and is a member of the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section of the New York State Bar Association.


Lateef Mtima is a Professor of Law at the Howard University School of Law. After graduating with honors from Amherst College, Professor Mtima received his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School, where he was the co-founder and later editor-in-chief of the Harvard BlackLetter Journal. He is admitted to the New York and Pennsylvania bars and has practiced intellectual property, bankruptcy, and commercial law, including a decade in private practice with the international law firm of Coudert Brothers. Currently a member of the Advisory Council for the United States Court of Federal Claims and the BNA Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal Advisory Board, Professor Mtima has held the post of Distinguished Libra Visiting Scholar in Residence at the University of Maine School of Law, is a past President of the Giles S. Rich Inn of Court for the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and was a member of the founding Editorial Board for the American Bar Association intellectual property periodical Landslide. Professor Mtima is the Founder and Director of the Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice, an accredited Non-governmental Organization Member of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).


Gail is a partner in the law firm of Trister, Ross, Schadler & Gold, PLLC where she focuses on the legal aspects of publishing and media law.

Additionally, as the President of the Ross Yoon Agency, Gail represents important commercial nonfiction in a variety of areas and counts top doctors, CEO's, prize-winning journalists, and historians, and experts in a variety of fields are among her clients.  In the last year alone, close dozen of her books have been New York Times bestsellers.

Gail writes and lectures frequently on publishing issues. She teaches CLE courses on publishing law for the D.C. Bar and the Practicing Law Institute.  She is an contributor to The Essential Guide to Entertainment Law: Dealmaking (Juris Publishing, 2018), the author of The Writer’s Lawyer (Times Books, 1989) and has also been named numerous times as one of the Best Lawyers in America and Washingtonian’s Best Lawyers (for entertainment law).


Howard Siegel is a senior partner in Pryor Cashman's Entertainment Group. He has more than 40 years experience in representing clients in all aspects of the entertainment business, with a particular emphasis on the music industry, during which time he has served as counsel to many of the industry’s most prominent recording artists, songwriters, producers, managers, and executives.

Mr. Siegel has also been involved in a number of music publishing company sales and acquisitions, as well as having advised on a variety of transactions involving the sale and purchase of master recordings and other entertainment-related assets.

Mr. Siegel is the former Chair of the Section on Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law of the New York State Bar Association, former Chair of the New York State Bar Association Committee on the Music and Recording Industry, and an Associate Member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

Mr. Siegel is a frequent lecturer for the Practicing Law Institute and serves as Co-Chair of PLI’s Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry. He is also a speaker for the New York Law Journal Seminar Press and the Continuing Legal Education Seminars of the New York State Bar Association. Mr. Siegel served as judicial clerk at the New York State Court of Appeals from 1970 to 1972. He is an adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham Law School and a member of the Editorial Board of Entertainment Law and Finance and of Multimedia Web Strategist, as well as the Editor-in-Chief of the nationally distributed book Entertainment Law, currently in its fourth edition, and author of several articles dealing with the entertainment, music and copyright practice.

Every year since 2007, Mr. Siegel has been designated as one of the “Super Lawyers” – a ranking of the top 5% of all attorneys in the New York Metropolitan area. He also has been recognized by The Hollywood Reporter as one of the top 100 “Power Lawyers” in the entertainment industry as well as being named one of the "Top Media and Entertainment Lawyers" by Chambers USA for several years.

Mr. Siegel is a member of the New York, Nevada and California Bars and a summa cum laude graduate of Syracuse University College of Law where he was Order of the Coif, Editor-in-Chief of the Syracuse Law Review (1970) and a member of the Moot Court Board (1969-70).


Alison Cohen is Executive Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs for FilmNation Entertainment, a leading independent production, finance and distribution company.  Prior to joining FilmNation, Mrs. Cohen was a partner of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, P.C. and Epstein, Levinsohn, Bodine, Hurwitz & Weinstein, LLP, two pre-eminent entertainment law firms based in New York.  Mrs. Cohen received her JD as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar from Columbia University of Law.


Elizabeth McNamara has more than 30 years of litigation and counseling experience in media and intellectual property law, representing publishers (books, magazines, newspapers, and websites), television and radio broadcasters, cable companies, and motion picture producers and distributors. Her litigation practice includes all areas of sophisticated IP, media and entertainment litigation at the trial and appellate level of federal and state courts, in such areas as libel, privacy, copyright, trademark, prior restraint, and reporter's shield laws.

Liz's clients include: Associated Press, Bauer Publishing, Cablevision, CBS, CNN, Conde Nast, Financial Times, Hachette Book Group, Macmillan, MTV Networks, NBC, Random House, Sesame Workshop, Showtime, Simon & Schuster, Time Inc., and Wenner Media.

Education
J.D., University of North Carolina School of Law, 1981
• Order of the Coif
• Law Review
B.A., University of Wisconsin, 1975
• Phi Beta Kappa

Admitted to Practice
New York, 1982
U.S. Supreme Court, 1998
U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2000
U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1996
U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1983
U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1983
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 2004
U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 2008
U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 2010


John Schline worked in publishing for 31 years negotiating contracts, selling rights, editing books and supervising an online marketing and ebook program. As of January 2016 he is working as a consultant.


Kenneth M. Kaufman was Senior Counsel in the Washington, D.C. office of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP.  His practice focuses on copyright, entertainment and media law, content and music licensing, digital media, and sports law.  He represents a wide range of clients including international media and publishing companies, television networks and distributors, music publishers, digital media and technology companies, telecommunications companies, photographers, visual artists, copyright licensing companies, software publishers, Broadway theatre producers, private equity firms, foundations, composers, recording artists and authors.

Ken is a recognized authority in the fields of copyright and entertainment law.  He was named the Washington, D.C. Copyright Law “Lawyer of the Year” in 2014 by The Best Lawyers in America (where he is currently listed in the practice areas of copyright law, intellectual property litigation, entertainment law-music, and entertainment law-motion pictures and television).  He has also been recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers, Washingtonian Magazine’s Best Lawyers, and Legal Times.  For several years he was a Visiting Lecturer at Yale Law School, teaching a course on copyright, entertainment and Internet law, and has taught a course on copyright law at George Washington University Law School.  In 2016 and 2017 he was an Advanced Leadership Initiative Fellow at Harvard University, where he has spoken on coalition building in education for gender equality.

Ken has extensive experience as both in-house and outside counsel in the entertainment and communications industries.  Immediately prior to joining Manatt, he was a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.  Previously, he served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel of Showtime Networks Inc. in New York; as Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs and General Counsel of PolyGram Records, Inc. in New York; and as General Counsel of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.  In two of those positions, he was the first in-house attorney and organized the in-house legal department.  Previously, he served as Assistant Counsel of a U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee.

Ken co-chairs the annual PLI conference on Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry and serves on the Governing Committee of the ABA’s Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries and on the Planning Committee for the annual Stanford Digital Economy Best Practices Conference.  He teaches an annual course on “Copyright Law and Litigation” for the D.C. Bar, is a member of the Board of Directors of Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts, and has served as a Trustee and Chair of the Washington, D.C. Chapter of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A.  He is a graduate of Harvard College (magna cum laude) and Yale Law School (where he was an Editor of the Yale Law Journal), and is admitted to practice in New York, California and the District of Columbia.