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A Conversation with Mark Hiraide on Equity Crowdfunding
*Please note that the audio was recorded over a Zoom webinar and may have some playback issues. Slideshow presentation for the podcast can be found here along with additional documents. http://videolibrary.swlaw.edu/biederman/podcast/ __ The presentation will address best practices with respect to most common financing of motion pictures and series in the entertainment industry and also the newer possibility of equity crowdfunding which is gaining popularity. Mark Hiraide will discuss the recent amendments to the SEC's equity crowdfunding rules and the changing landscape for early-stage financing generally. Mark T. Hiraide works in the highly specialized and complex area of the law having to do with business finance and raising capital. He represents entrepreneurs, startups, publicly traded companies, directors and officers, broker-dealers, investment bankers, investment advisers and accountants in civil litigation relating to securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, and investment management. He counsels public exchange-listed and private companies and their boards of directors, including special committees and senior management, on issues including corporate governance, discharge of fiduciary duties, internal investigations and Securities and Exchange Commission compliance. He represents companies in transactions including securities private placements and public offerings. And he defends parties in civil litigation, government regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings, and represents defrauded investors. He is an authority on the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act of 2012. Mr. Hiraide testified before a U.S. Senate subcommittee looking into the law designed to help startups raise money. He is the author of a book on crowdfunding just published by Thomson Reuters. And he is working with the California Legislature to pass a state crowdfunding law he drafted. Mr. Hiraide offers unique insight and perspective to his clients because of his former position as an SEC attorney and because he has handled both business transactions and courtroom litigation during his three decades as a corporate and securities lawyer. __ Thank you to The Hollywood Foreign Press Association for their generous support of the Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute. __ For more info check out the Southwestern Law School Website here at https://www.swlaw.edu/ Looking to Contact the Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute? Tel:213-738-6602 Email: institute@swlaw.edu
58:15
February 19, 2021
A Conversation with Neville Johnson
*Please note that the audio was recorded over a Zoom webinar and may have some playback issues. __ Johnson & Johnson LLP, based in Beverly Hills, California, specializes in complex litigation with a particular emphasis on entertainment, privacy, defamation, consumer issues, and class actions, as well as transactional matters. Neville L. Johnson, a graduate U.C. Berkeley (Phi Beta Kappa) and Southwestern Law School, has tried over 28 civil jury trials and many bench trials and arbitrations.  He is a member of the invitation-only American Board of Trial Advocates, on the Board of Governors of the Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles (CAALA), the Board of Directors of the national public interest organization Public Justice, and the Board of the Beverly Hills Bar Association (“BHBA”) (2013-2015, and 2020-2022). Johnson is a long-time member of the invitation-only Los Angeles Copyright Society. He was Chair of the Entertainment Law Section of the BHBA from 2009 to 2011. He has appeared in courts throughout the United States. Mr. Johnson has practiced entertainment law and IP law since 1975. Mr. Johnson has represented many well-known celebrities and entertainment concerns. The firm does extensive “net profit” work in the film and televisions industry, right of publicity [including in February 2021, the largest right of publicity jury verdict ($9.6 Million and $7 Million in attorneys fees) in the history of the United States], copyright infringement and idea-theft, breach of contract, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and other business torts. He and his firm have been lead counsel in many class actions, including pioneering class actions in the entertainment industry against the entertainment unions, major record companies and motion picture companies. Mr. Johnson has been designated a “SuperLawyer” (top 5% as voted by colleagues) numerous times and has been chosen to vet and approve nominations. In 2020 SuperLawyer and his peers named him one of the top 100 lawyers in Southern California (the only entertainment attorney on the list). He was designated one of the Hollywood 100 “Power Lawyers” by the Hollywood Reporter every year since 2008, usually one of four litigators typically on the plaintiffs’ side. In 2020, he was moved to a new permanent category, “Legal Legend.”  In 2020 he was Alumnus of the Year by the Biederman Entertainment Law Institute at Southwestern Law School.  Variety many times named him one of the top entertainment lawyers. Mr. Johnson was lead trial and appellate counsel in the precedent-setting case of Sanders v. American Broadcasting Companies, Inc., 20 Cal. 4th 907 (1999), which established the right of privacy in the workplace and is studied in the leading case book on torts and the two casebooks on entertainment law.  Editor and Publisher magazine wrote that he “is one of the most dangerous media plaintiff lawyers in the United States.” Since 2012, Neville and Douglas Johnson have taught  Entertainment and Media Litigation as Adjunct Professors at Southwestern School of Law. Since 2011 he has moderated the panel on ethical issues for the annual Year in Review for the Entertainment Section of the Beverly Hills Bar Association. __ Thank you to The Hollywood Foreign Press Association for their generous support of the Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute. __ For more info check out the Southwestern Law School Website here at https://www.swlaw.edu/ Looking to Contact the Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute? Email: institute@swlaw.edu
44:15
December 15, 2020
Judith Finell's - Whose Song is it Anyway?
*Please note that the audio was recorded over a Zoom webinar and may have some playback issues. Slideshow presentation for the podcast can be found here. Whose Song is it Anyway?.pdf __ Judith Finell is a musicologist and the president of Judith Finell Music Services Inc., a music consulting firm in New York and Los Angeles, founded 25 years ago in New York. Since then, she has served as consultant and expert witness involving music copyright infringement, advised on artist career and project development, and a wide variety of music industry topics. Recently, Ms. Finell was honored to be the 2018 commencement speaker at UCLA’s Herb Albert School of Music. She was also interviewed by NBC/Universal for a 2018 documentary entitled “The Universality of Music,” in which she discussed the ways in which she sees music as being an international language that can bridge cultural barriers that spoken language does not. Judith Finell was the testifying expert for the Marvin Gaye family in the milestone “Blurred Lines” case in Federal Court. She has testified in many other notable copyright infringement trials over the past 20 years. She and her team of musicologists regularly advise HBO, Lionsgate, Grey Advertising, CBS, Warner, Disney, and Sony Pictures on musical works for their commercials, films, and television series. Ms. Finell also frequently advises attorneys, advertising agencies, entertainment and recording companies, publishing firms, and musicians, addressing copyright issues, including those arising from digital sampling, electronic technology, and Internet musical usage. Ms. Finell was invited to teach forensic musicology at UCLA in 2018, where she continues to teach the only such course in the country. She holds an M.A. degree in musicology from the University of California at Berkeley and a B.A. from UCLA in piano performance. She has written numerous articles and a book in the area of contemporary music and copyright infringement and has appeared in trials on Court TV and before the American Intellectual Property Law Association. She is a trustee of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A., and has appeared as a guest lecturer at the law schools of Harvard University, UCLA, Stanford, Columbia, Vanderbilt, George Washington, NYU, and Fordham, as well as the Beverly Hills Bar Assn., LA Copyright Society, and the Association of Independent Music Publishers. She may be reached either by e-mail at judi@jfmusicservices.comor by telephone at (310) 301-3338 __ Thank you to The Hollywood Foreign Press Association for their generous support of the Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute. __ For more info check out the Southwestern Law School Website here at https://www.swlaw.edu/ Looking to Contact the Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute? Tel:213-738-6602 Email: institute@swlaw.edu
01:50:17
October 19, 2020
A Conversation with Nina Shaw
Nina Shaw is a founding partner in the entertainment law firm of Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein & Lezcano. Her practice is in the television, motion picture, and live stage area. A native New Yorker, Nina was born and raised in Harlem and The Bronx, educated in the New York City public school system and is a graduate of Barnard College and Columbia Law School. Among her clients are successful and award-winning actors, writers, producers and directors as well as entrepreneurs and entertainment executives. She began her legal career in the Entertainment Department of the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers. Nina is a Variety Dealmaker Impact honoree and has been named repeatedly to The Hollywood Reporter’s “Women in Entertainment Power 100” list. She is a recipient of the WIF Crystal Award, and in 2013 was named Entertainment Lawyer of the Year by the Beverly Hills Bar Association. Most recently, she was honored by Essence Magazine with its 2016 Black Women in Hollywood Power Award, and also in 2016 Nina was profiled in the New York Times: “She’s the Hollywood Power Behind Those Seeking a Voice.” In 2019 Nina received Columbia Law School’s prestigious Medal for Excellence Award, the Athena Film Festival Athena Award and the NAACP LDF National Equal Justice Award. Nina has a long-standing commitment to the education of children and in particular is an advocate for the education of girls and women. She is currently Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Independent School Alliance for Minority Affairs. Additionally, Nina is among the founding organizers of Time’s Up. __ Thank you to The Hollywood Foreign Press Association for their generous support of the Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute. __ For more info check out the Southwestern Law School Website here at https://www.swlaw.edu/ Looking to Contact the Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute? Tel:213-738-6602 Email: institute@swlaw.edu
01:06:42
September 24, 2020
The Deepfakes Phenomenon
*Please note that the audio was recorded over a Zoom webinar and may have some playback issues. Slideshow presentation for the podcast can be found here. Deepfakes Phenomenon Presentation Slides.pdf The entertainment industry has long had technology to digitally insert people into movies or to create and replace dialogue. Artificial intelligence now puts that technology in the hands of anyone with a reasonably powerful computer. As the technology becomes more accessible, alarms are being sounded ranging from the potential exploitation of celebrities, to new tools for fraud, to the potential to threaten safety and global security, and more. This presentation by Danielle Van Lier will explore the deepfakes phenomenon by providing a brief introduction to the technology, including its positive, negative, and worst-case applications. It will focus on areas where deepfakes pose the most threat, including pornography and other unauthorized nudity, fake news, fraud and other business harms, as well as other malicious uses. The presentation will look at existing and proposed law and whether it is adequate to address deepfakes and will provide guidance about online platforms' policies and reporting mechanisms. Professor Van Lier’s recent deepfakes article in Los Angleles Lawyer can be found here. More about Professor Danielle Van Lier can be found here. __ Thank you to The Hollywood Foreign Press Association for their generous support of the Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute. __ For more info check out the Southwestern Law School Website here at https://www.swlaw.edu/ Looking to Contact the Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute? Tel:213-738-6602 Email: institute@swlaw.edu
01:18:36
July 2, 2020
Sandra Williams
Pre-retirement, Sandra Williams was the Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, West Coast, at CBS Television. She oversaw CBS Network West Coast legal group and the CBS Television Studios Legal Department. Sandy played critical legal roles in iconic shows like The Big Bang Theory, Survivor, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Star Trek: Discovery, The Good Fight, and The Twilight Zone. Sandy started as a federal appellate attorney for the National Labor Relations Board and currently belongs to the Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles Foundation Board of Directors and the Agape International Spiritual Center. Sandy received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Smith College.  *Moderated by Professor Isabelle Gunning __ Thank you to The Hollywood Foreign Press Association for their generous support of the Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute. __ For more info check out the Southwestern Law School Website here at https://www.swlaw.edu/ Looking to Contact the Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute? Tel:213-738-6602 Email: institute@swlaw.edu
01:05:34
May 28, 2020
Andrew Schwartzman
“Streaming Killed the Broadcast Star: Television After Netflix, 5G Networks, and Net Neutrality.” A frank reassessment of television in the age of on-demand video streaming, fast 5G mobile networks, and post-Net Neutrality broadband service. For almost 100 years, the government has regulated broadcasting as a scarce, public resource. But is there a future for broadcast television or, for that matter, radio? Andy Schwartzman has been on the front lines of the battle for the public interest soul of broadcasting, at the U.S. Supreme Court and elsewhere, for nearly 50 years. He has represented civil rights, consumer, and other organizations in media and technology issues since 1971. From 1978–2012, he headed Media Access Project, a public interest law firm which promoted First Amendment rights to speak and to hear before the FCC and the courts. MAP was also active in policy debates over broad and affordable public access during the deployment of advanced telecommunications networks. From 2014–2019, Schwartzman taught in Georgetown’s Communications and Technology Clinic. *Interviewed by Professor Michael Epstein __ Thank you to The Hollywood Foreign Press Association for their generous support of the Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute. __ For more info check out the Southwestern Law School Website here at https://www.swlaw.edu/ Looking to Contact the Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute? Tel:213-738-6602 Email: institute@swlaw.edu
01:02:36
May 12, 2020
Dina LaPolt
Dina LaPolt, Esq. is the owner of LaPolt Law, P.C., a boutique transactional law firm specializing in intellectual property and entertainment law. LaPolt Law is the only music law firm of its stature founded and run by a sole female practitioner. Dina was intimately involved in legislative advocacy, cofounding the Songwriters of North America (SONA) and helping to spearhead the Music Modernization Act, a copyright bill signed into law on October 11, 2018. Notably,  Dina earned recognition as the Recording Academy’s 2019 Entertainment Law Initiative’s Service Award recipient. Dina has also been honored with numerous industry accolades, including Billboard’s Power 100, Women in Music, and Top Music Lawyers, to name a few. *Discussion led by Director Orly Ravid  __ Thank you to The Hollywood Foreign Press Association for their generous support of the Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute. __ For more info check out the Southwestern Law School Website here at https://www.swlaw.edu/ Looking to Contact the Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute? Tel:213-738-6602 Email: institute@swlaw.edu
54:18
May 6, 2020
Women in Sports Law
Los Angeles has long been an iconic hub for sports and only continues to grow. With that growth requires the advisement of lawyers versed in sports law, and the opportunities to participate in the L.A. sports law movement. Learn about sports law from some of the key attorneys helping shape the sports landscape in Los Angeles. Topics include immigration, eSports, legal issues surrounding the Olympic Movement, and agency representation. Panelist Members: Maidie Oliveau - Counsel, Arent Fox Catherine Haight - Founder/Managing Partner Haight Law Group Alanna Frisby Hernandez - SVP Legal, Team Sports Wasserman Media Group Discussion led by Lindsay Brandon and Lauren Brock, Law Offices of Howard L. Jacobs __ Thank you to The Hollywood Foreign Press Association for their generous support of the Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute. __ For more info check out the Southwestern Law School Website here at https://www.swlaw.edu/ Looking to Contact the Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute? Tel:213-738-6602 Email: institute@swlaw.edu
58:28
May 4, 2020