CMJ and the Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Section of the New York State Bar Association, in association with New York University School of Law, Vandenberg & Feliu LLP, Holland & Knight LLP, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, Prager and Fenton LLP, and Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP will host the all-day Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) and Continuing Professional Education (CPE) accredited Entertainment Business Law Seminar on October 18, 2013, at NYU’s Helen and Martin Kimmel Center in the spectacular Richard L. Rosenthal Pavilion.

Ch Ch Ch Changes … Remain the Only Constant in Entertainment Business and Law.

Constant change has become the new normal in entertainment law. The last year in particular has seen long-held licensing structures and content distribution platforms transformed by technology and business alike. Meanwhile, the Copyright Office and Congress are in the early stages of overhauling the Copyright Act for the first time since the 1970s. Now more than ever, composers, musicians, artists, and content owners in all disciplines (and their advisors) need to be increasingly sophisticated and innovative in their efforts to strike lucrative deals and realize multiple and sometimes novel income streams. This year’s series of panels will feature top attorneys and executives discussing a wide range of topics, including shifts in digital distribution and monetization models, changes in digital licensing practices, and critical developments in copyright case law and legislation.

This program is accredited for a total of 6.0 MCLE hours, 5.0 in “Professional Practice” and 1.0 in “Ethics,” this program is non-transitional and does not qualify for newly admitted attorneys. Accountants attending the seminar will receive 7 New York State CPE credits, consisting of 6 in “Specialized Knowledge” and 1 in “Accounting & Auditing.”

Program Co-Chairs:
Joanne Abbot Green
Founder/Executive Producer CMJ Music Marathon

Michael Poster, Esq.
Vandenberg & Feliu

Marc Reisler, Esq.
Holland & Knight LLP

David Mazur, Esq.
Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP

Toby Butterfield, Esq.
Frankfurt Kernit Klein Selz

Christopher Marino, Esq.
Giordano Halleran & Ciesla

Rosemarie Tully, Esq.
New York State Bar Association

Keenan Popwell, Esq.

Christine Pepe, Esq.

Barry Skidelsky, Esq.

Christopher Hull, CPA
Prager Metis CPAs LLC

The Entertainment Business Law Seminar at CMJ Music Marathon presents the 2013 Keynote Speaker: David Israelite,
President and CEO of the National Music Publishers’ Association.

The NMPA protects and advances the interests of music publishers, and the songwriters they represent, both domestically and globally. Israelite leads this premiere trade association through today’s fast paced digital terrain, championing publisher’s copyrights.

He previously served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Counselor to the Attorney General of the United States. There he helped manage the Department of Justice’s 112,000 employees and $22 billion annual budget. Israelite also served as Chairman of the Department’s Task Force on Intellectual Property, a role which certainly prepared him for his current one. As Chairman, he lead a team examining all aspects of how the DOJ handled intellectual property issues and implemented proposals developed by the Task Force.

Prior to his time in the Justice Department, Israelite served as the Director of Political and Government Affairs for the RNC. He practiced law in Missouri, earning his Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri and received a B.A. in Political Science and Communications from William Jewell College.