2015 Labor & Employment Entertainment Symposium

The 2015 edition of this annual conference focuses on some unique aspects of practicing labor and employment law in the entertainment industry, and the special nature of the relationships in the industry between employers, employees, and their respective representatives.

  The 2015 edition of this conference focuses on some unique aspects of practicing labor and employment law in the entertainment industry, and the special nature of the relationships in the industry between employers, employees, and their respective representatives. Expanded to a full day, five panels featuring preeminent counsel from management, labor and business, and a special guest speaker during the lunch hour, will address diverse topics which present novel and challenging issues facing the industry. This is a great opportunity to be stimulated intellectually and also network within a unique subset of the Los Angeles legal community.

The program will be immediately followed by a cocktail reception hosted by Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP. Space is limited, so reserve your spot now.


9:00 – 9:30 a.m. Registration and Breakfast

9:30 - 10:30 a.m. PANEL 1

How to Keep Your Friends Close and Your Frenemies Closer

Perspectives and suggested techniques from seasoned labor relations advocates

David E. Ahdoot, Partner, Bush Gottlieb, a Law Corporation

Stephen Carroll,Senior Vice President andSeniorLabor Relations Counsel, Warner Bros. Pictures

Bob Bush, Partner, Bush Gottlieb, a Law Corporation

Bill Cole, Partner, Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp, LLP

Joel M. Grossman, Arbitrator, JAMS


10:30 - 11:30 a.m. PANEL 2

Game Misconduct or Minor Penalty?

How professional sports leagues address off-the-field conduct compared to the entertainment industry

Kristina Fredericks, Associate General Counsel, Directors Guild of America, Inc.

Sheldon Kasdan, Vice President & Senior Labor Counsel, NBCUniversal

Ned Colletti, Senior Advisor to the President and CEO, Los Angeles Dodgers

Ricardo Cestero, Partner, Greenberg Glusker

Richard Motzkin, Executive Vice President & Managing Director for Global Soccer, Wasserman Media Group, LLC

BREAK: 11:30 - 11:45 a.m.

11:45 a.m. - 12: 45 p.m. PANEL 3

Give Me Liberty or Give Me That Role!

Recent developments in entertainment litigation related to the employment of talent

John Meigs, Hansen Jacobson,Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush & Kaller, LLP

Gigi Davis, Vice President,Associate General Counsel, CBSCorporation

Margie Somers, Allred Maroko Goldberg

Adam Levin, Partner, Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp, LLP

Bryan J. Freedman, Partner, Freedman + Taitelman, LLP

Jeff McFarland, Partner, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP

John West, Partner, Allred Maroko Goldberg

LUNCH: 12:45 - 1:45 p.m.

Kevin James, Director, Los Angeles Mayor's Office of Film and Television

2:00 - 3:00 p.m. PANEL 4

Don't Put Words in My Mouth!

Artists' rights in a post-Garcia world

Will Bensussen, Deputy General Counsel, SAG-AFTRA

David Gross, Senior Counsel,Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers

Sandra Crawshaw-Sparks, Partner,Proskauer Rose LLP

Duncan Crabtree-Ireland, Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel, SAG-AFTRA

Jay Dougherty, Professorof Law, Director, Entertainment & Media Law Institute and Concentration Program, Loyola Law School

Jeremy Williams, Senior Vice President,Deputy General Counsel, WarnerBros. Entertainment Inc.

3:00 - 4:00 p.m. PANEL 5

Not Your Parents’ Media

Current trends in digital distribution

Kathy Christovich, Senior Director of Legal Services, Writers Guild of America

Nicole Gustafson, ExecutiveVice President, Industrial Relations & Production Safety, Paramount Pictures Corporation

Chuck Slocum, Assistant Executive Director, Writers Guild of America, West

Deana Myers, Principal Analyst, SNL Kagan

Marc Sandman,Senior Vice President, Labor Relations, Disney/ABC Television Group


Program Location
Sheraton Universal Hotel

333 Universal Hollywood Drive
Universal City



CLE+ Members                           $220

Section Members (L&E, ELIPS)  $299

LACBA Members                       $325

All Others                                    $375

Law Student                               $100

Government Employee            $175

 5 hrs of CLE credit

12/9/2015 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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