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PRESENTSThe 2013 BESLA Mid-Year Conference Maximizing Partnerships for Global Competency (4.5 CLE Credit Hours Applied For)
Friday, May 17, 20137:00 pm – 10:00 pmWelcome Reception (Location TBD)Saturday, May 18, 2013 State Bar of Georgia8:15 am – 11:00 am-CLE Registration8:45 am – 9:00 am- Welcome9:00 am – 10:30 am- Best Practices for Celebrity Foundations and Nonprofits: How To Keep Your Client Off The NewsMany celebrities give back to their community and often times its through their foundation. But celebrity foundations have to be run and operated as separate legal entities and subject to various federal tax and state laws. Not following these rules can do more than subject the foundation and the celebrity to monetary fines. As we have seen in recent cases, this bad press can also hurt the celebrity's reputation.
This panel will cover the ABC's of setting up and operating a celebrity foundation or nonprofit, pros/cons for doing so, and various federal, state and local laws that apply. We will delve into operational decisions that must be made in light of tax and corporate laws and are often at odds. The panel will also address some of the recent high profile case of financial malfeasance with celebrity foundations and nonprofits and the pitfalls to watch out for. Moderator:Shannon Nash, Esq., Founder, Nash Management Group, Inc.|Co-Founder, The Green Room Panelists:
Asani Swann, Director of Business Development for Melo Enterprises, Inc. | Traci Gage, President and Chief Lifestyle Manager at TGage & Co. | Gloria Johnson Goins, Vice President, Business Diversity Outreach for Prudential Financial, Inc. | Kendall Minter, Esq., Legal Counsel for the Living Legends Foundation, and Chairman of the Rhythm & Blues Foundation
10:30 am – 10:40 am- Break10:40 am – 12:10 pm- Film Financing
This panel will cover a discussion of what every entertainment attorney needs to know about Film Financing including: finding investors, complying with securities regulations and structuring the deal with investors.
Stephen Weizenecker, Esq., Partner, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP
Asante Bradford, Project Manager, Digital Entertainment,
Georgia Department of Economic Development | Alonzo Llorens, Esq., Partner, Gordon & Rees, LLP
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm- Lunch (Guest Speaker: Mayor Kasim Reed (Invited))1:15 pm – 1:30 pm- Break1:30 pm – 3:00 pm- How Do I Protect My Client’s Intellectual Property Interest in the Social Media Space: Hey, you don’t have proper clearance to play that song or post that image.Changes in technology have allowed many entertainment companies and artists to establish an online presence and to interact directly with their supporters and fans. Many, however, do not think about the risks involved when posting information that has not been properly cleared.
This panel will examine the risks involved when using social media as a means to promote intellectual property and explore the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) “safe harbor” provisions and take down notices.
Bernie Lawrence-Watkins, Esq., B. Lawrence Watkins & Associates, PC
Clark A.D. Wilson, Partner, Gardner Groff Greenwald & Villanueva PC | Bobby Rosenbloum, Esq., Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, LLP (Invited) | Inga Dyer, Esq. | B.E.T. Networks | Brenton Hund, Esq. | Turner Broadcasting | Saptosa Foster, The 135th Street Agency
3:00 pm- Adjournment
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm- BESLA Event Mixer (Location TBD)
Conference Registration 159.24
Conference Registration for Students 80.12