Since 2003, The Entertainment and Media Law Conference has served as 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 Conference offers 4 hours of CLE credit. Seating is limited, and so early registration is advised!

We are extremely excited to present this year’s edition of the Conference at The Tateuchi Democracy Forum, housed within The National Center for the Preservation of Democracy. The National Center is an educational program of the Japanese American National Museum.

The Tateuchi Democracy Forum’s unique layout and signature transparent glass wall were designed by award-winning architect Brenda A. Levin, FAIA. The 9,800-square-foot space offers comfortable seating arranged for maximum visibility during artistic performances and film screenings, as well as lively interaction among speakers and audience members.

Occupying one of the most prime locations in the historic Little Tokyo district of Los Angeles and strategically situated within walking distance of the LA Times Building, Los Angeles City Hall, and the Edward R. Roybal Federal Building, the Tateuchi Democracy Forum has for years served as an ideal environment in which to present inspired and inspiring programming in a technologically advanced setting.

Click here for a convenient map of nearby parking facilities.

The Media Law Resource Center (MLRC) is a non-profit membership association for content providers in all media, and for their defense lawyers, providing a wide range of resources on media and content law and policy issues. These include news and analysis of legal, legislative and regulatory developments; litigation resources and practice guides; and national and international media law conferences and meetings. MLRC also works with its membership to respond to legislative and policy proposals and speaks to the press and public on media law and First Amendment issues. MLRC was founded in 1980 by leading American publishers and broadcasters to assist in defending and protecting free press rights under the First Amendment. Today MLRC is supported by over one hundred and forty members, including leading publishers, broadcasters, and cable programmers, internet operations, media, and professional trade associations, and media insurance professionals in America and around the world. The MLRC’s Defense Counsel Section includes more than 215 law firms worldwide that specialize in media defense representation.

Through the Donald E. Biederman Entertainment & Media Law Institute (BEMLI), Southwestern Law School offers the most comprehensive entertainment and media law curriculum in the United States.  Ranked 6th on Hollywood Reporter’s “America’s Top Ten Entertainment Law Schools,” Southwestern’s extensive course offerings, international programs, externships, practicums, and other co-curricular activities prepare graduates for the practice of entertainment law across both traditional and digital media such as film, television, music, theater, advertising, sports and journalism. Southwestern has an outstanding entertainment and media law faculty, and its graduates occupy important positions across a broad range of entertainment and media industry organizations.

2019 Planning Committee

Sexual assault scandals have changed the movie business—and even influenced Harry Potter
→Tom Teodorczuk (Entertainment Writer for MarketWatch.com)


Amy Kaufman

Staff Writer • Los Angeles Times / Author • Bachelor Nation

Andrew Hughes

Vice President, Litigation and Intellectual Property • Viacom Media Networks

Bob Rotstein

Partner • Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP

Daniel Miller

Enterprise Business Reporter • Los Angeles Times

Darrell D. Miller

Partner • Fox Rothschild LLP

Eleanor Lackman

Partner • Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP

Ivy Kagan Bierman

Partner • Loeb & Loeb

Jeff Glasser

Vice President, Legal • Los Angeles Times / Assistant General Counsel • tronc, Inc

Joel Grossman

Full-time Mediator/Arbitrator • JAMS

Karen North

Clinical Professor of Communication • USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

Kate Gold

Partner • Drinker Biddle

Kelli Sager

Partner • Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Kimi Yoshino

Senior Deputy Managing Editor • Los Angeles Times

Monique Cheng Joe

Senior Vice President, Head of Brands and Content Intellectual Property • NBCUniversal Media

Peter Afrasiabi

Founder • One LLP

RonNell Andersen Jones

Professor • S.J. Quinney College of Law (Univ. of Utah)

Tamerlin J. Godley

Partner • Munger Tolles & Olson

Tania Hoff

SVP, Litigation - Head of Television and Feature Film Litigation • NBCUniversal Media

“Am considering taking Tesla private at $420. Funding Secured.”


1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Welcome to the Conference! We're looking forward to checking you in. Take this time to catch up with friends and industry colleagues before the program starts. Subject to limited seating, on-site registration is available at this time for those who did not take advantage of the price break for early registration.

Welcoming comments and special thanks and acknowledgements from The Media Law Resource Center and Southwestern Law School.

This two-part marquee panel will explore the challenges for news and entertainment companies from the ever-increasing number of reports of sexual misconduct arising from the #metoo movement. In the first part, staff members from the Los Angeles Times will talk about difficulties in reporting on claims of abuse that are often decades old from a journalistic, editorial, and legal perspective. In the second part, we will discuss the #metoo movement from a studio’s point of view, examining issues arising from these accusations through a series of hypotheticals and looking at developments such as recent state-level legislation on the use of non-disclosure agreements.

Part I Moderator: George Freeman, MLRC

Part I Panelists:

  • Amy Kaufman, L.A. Times
  • Daniel Miller, L.A. Times
  • Jeff Glasser, L.A. Times
  • Kimi Yoshino, L.A. Times

  • Part II Moderator: Orly Ravid, Southwestern Law School

    Part II Panelists:

  • Ivy Kagan Bierman, Loeb & Loeb
  • Joel Grossman, JAMS
  • Kate Gold, Drinker Biddle
  • For the first time in many years, creative works will begin to pass into the public domain on January 1, 2019 – but savvy media companies have prepared for the transition by integrating copyright and trademark protection strategies with respect to their intellectual property portfolios. This session will consider the moving line of copyright protection, examine how characters and settings from fictional worlds can take on new roles in merchandising, and discuss how older IP can find new vitality with reference to recent cases applying trademark law to discrete elements of creative works.

    Moderator: Andrew Thomas, Jenner & Block


  • Andrew Hughes, Viacom Media Network
  • Eleanor Lackman, CDAS
  • Monique Cheng Joe, NBCUniversal Media
  • What are the current best practices for handling idea submissions? Where do idea theft claims end, and copyright claims begin? When and how does “substantial similarity” rear its ugly head in misappropriation cases? Should any studio ever host a writing or video competition? Our panel of attorneys, deep in the trenches on these topics, will survey the battleground of recent cases and discuss strategy.

    Moderator: David Aronoff, Fox Rothschild, LLP


  • Bob Rotstein, Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP
  • Kelli Sager, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
  • Peter Afrasiabi, One LLP
  • Tamerlin J. Godley, Munger Tolles & Olson LLP
  • Tania Hoff, NBC Universal Media
  • Talent fired and series canceled after bad behavior online. News outlets caught in the crossfire of polarized political mobs. Social media sites offer an unparalleled opportunity for news and entertainment companies to connect with their audiences – but online communities can quickly turn on the media when celebrities misbehave, long-forgotten tweets surface, or politicians stir up their followers. This session will examine the dynamics of a social media backlash, and discuss the legal and practical ways in which studios and news outlets can respond to sudden crises and prepare for the future. #YouCantTWEETthat

    Moderator: Jeffrey Hermes, MLRC


  • Darrell D. Miller, Fox Rothschild
  • Karen North, USC Annenberg
  • RonNell Anderson Jones, S.J. Quinney College of Law

    Tateuchi Democracy Forum
    National Center for the Preservation of Democracy
    Japanese American National Museum
    Downtown Los Angeles


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