The Media Law Resource Center and Southwestern Law School have hosted for 15 years the Entertainment and Media Law Conference, an annual forum at which renowned experts discuss the most timely, important, and controversial topics in entertainment and media law.

This year, the program ─ on Jan. 18 from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.  ─ will examine the impact on the global entertainment and media industries of:

  • Policy decisions issuing from the Trump Administration
  • Contemporary publicity rights issues confronting content producers
  • Employment discrimination versus free speech in the entertainment world
  • And the increased regulation of social media-influencer endorsement and marketing deals

Sponsors have posted this description of the scheduled presidential-themed session, saying: “Regardless of whether you work in-house or at a firm, in entertainment or news, the Trump Administration has thrown media expectations about the role of government and the protections of law into complete disarray. This marquee session brings together representatives from across the media law spectrum to make sense out of what the 45th president’s threats and antics mean for our industry, including: the copyright and other implications of Trump’s trade policy; the impact of regulatory action at the FCC and other agencies on broadcast and cable; and the dangers of the White House’s drumbeat against the press, whether in the form of threats to open up libel laws, accusations of ‘fake news,’ or prosecution of journalists and sources.”

The conference offers four hours of CLE credit, and participants have found this event to be a cutting-edge career resource and networking event for: entertainment, media, and intellectual property attorneys; executives; agents; paralegals; contract administrators; and law school students in the service of motion picture and television studios, media outlets, talent agencies, advertising agencies, and PR firms.

The event will  be at The Tateuchi Democracy Forum, housed in The National Center for the Preservation of Democracy, an educational program of the Japanese American National Museum, in Little Tokyo, at 111 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012.

The speakers will include: Ted Boutrous Jr. of Gibson, Dunn, and Crutcher; Kelli Sager, of Davis, Wright, Tremaine; Ben Sheffner,  senior vice president and associate general counsel, copyright and legal affairs, the Motion Picture Association of America; Eric Baum, senior vice president, business and legal affairs, Sony Pictures Entertainment; Randa G. Soudah, vice president / associate general counsel, CBS; Aaron Wais, of Mitchell, Silberberg, and Knupp; Ben Mulcahy, of Jenner and Block; Chuck Tobin, of Ballard Spahr; David Halberstadter, of  Katten, Muchin, Rosenman; Kathleen Kirby, of Wiley Rein; Mark Lee, of Manatt, Phelps, and Phillips; Rochelle Wilcox, of Davis ,Wright, Tremaine; Sarah Cronin, of Kelley, Drye, and Warren; William Briggs, of Venable; Andrew Marcus, president, Andrew Marcus Associates; Jennifer Rothman, professor of law, Loyola Law School; Rita Herscovici, principal, RMH Digital Media Consulting; and George Freeman, executive director, Media Law Resource Center.

To register for the event, which has a varying fee depending on membership levels, please click here.

More information and the schedule for the afternoon and evening can be found by clicking here.