Entertainment & Sport Conference

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The University of Miami School of Law, with its Entertainment & Sports Law Society, and the University of Miami School of Education & Human Development, with its Sport Administration Program join efforts in 2018 to present:

The Global Entertainment + Sport Conference 2018
February 16 (Entertainment)
April 5-6 (Sport)

Donna E. Shalala Center, University of Miami
1330 Miller Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146

With Participating Industry Leaders

participant logosThis unique event features two separate conferences that take advantage of the combined expertise in the overlapping areas affecting both law and business. 

Both conferences feature prominent attorneys and executives appearing not only as keynote speakers but also on plenary panels and in breakout sessions, all of which address topical, cutting-edge subjects.

There are many networking opportunities, as both conferences are designed to introduce and engage students, alumni, legal professionals, and executives.


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CLE Credits

CLE: 7.0 FL general CLE credits, incl. 1.5 in ethics approved by The Florida Bar (Entertainment)
CLE: 12.0 FL CLE credits pending approval by The Florida Bar (Sport)

Entertainment Law + Entertainment Industry - Friday, February 16, 2018

Topics to Include:

  • Fashion Law
  • Financial Decisions in the Sport and Entertainment Industry
  • Prepping Our Venues for Performances
  • Representing Creatives
  • Sexual Harassment in the Entertainment Industry
  • Streaming Services
  • Video Games

 See Detailed Schedule and Speakers for February 16

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Sexual Harassment in the Entertainment Industry

Tamara Rice Lave, Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law

Caroline Bettinger-Lopez, Professor of Clinical Legal Education & Director of the Human Rights Clinic, University of Miami School of Law
Ivy Kagan Bierman, Partner, Loeb & Loeb LLP
Laura Rikard, Actress, Director, and Intimacy Choreographer; Cofounder of Theatrical Intimacy Education; Assistant Professor of Acting, Directing, and Stage Movement at the University of Miami
Guilene Theodore, Staff Attorney, Fair Food Standards Council

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Prepping Our Venues for Performances - This panel will discuss topical and business and legal issues inherent in producing, managing, and executing live events. The entertainment industry has seen tremendous rise in demand for unique "experiences". as evidence by the uptick of live music concerts and festivals, pop-up exhibits and galleries, and sporting spectacles. Counsel from both promotional and venue organizations will explore the live-entertainment landscape from talent, insurance, regulatory, and new media (VR/AR) perspectives.

Erin McNary, Clinical Assistant Professor, Sport Administration, University of Miami School of Education & Human Development

Gary Alan Wood, Director, Arts Presenting & Live Entertainment, University of Miami Frost School of Music
Scott Becher, Vice President of Partnerships, Carnival Cruise Line
Alejandro Besteiro, Stadium Operations Manager, Miami Dolphins, Hard Rock Stadium
Brian Oliver, Director of Business and Legal Affairs, Rolling Loud Festival


Fashion Law 
- An insightful discussion about the legal side of the fashion industry and the new laws that are impacting this niche segment of our world. These powerful women will talk about the Federal Trade Commission guidelines for social media influencing and advertising, as well as e-commerce, trademark infringement, and anti-counterfeit initiatives. 

Moderator: Meredith Mendez, Partner, Malloy & Malloy, P.L.

Danielle Garno, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig
Laura Ganoza, Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP
Laure Sawaya, IP, Commercial & Compliance Counsel at Vince

12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. - KEYNOTE: Video Games
Video games are an inescapable phenomenon and an unstoppable force. By way of example, annual sales from the distribution of video games far exceeds annual revenue from the distribution of motion pictures; and we have every reason to expect this trend to continue without interruption. Mr. Greenspan will speak on how we got to where we are, and what lies ahead for the creators, publishers and users of video games.

David Greenspan, Lecturer, Santa Clara University School of Law; lead author of the book entitled Mastering the Game: Business and Legal Issues for Video Game Developers

1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Financial Decisions in the Sport and Entertainment Industry - This year’s panel will focus on preserving and protecting assets of the successful entertainment and sports client. Social Media makes it virtually impossible for the high profile client to enjoy his or her privacy. However, with proper legal and financial planning, high net-work clients can protect their assets from unnecessary and unwelcome public disclosure and from the claims of their creditors. The panel will discuss various planning techniques and strategies, including the interrelationship of business entities and trusts, both domestic and international, that a celebrity client may implement in order to achieve a comprehensive tax and financial plan.

Moderator: Warren Whisenant, Professor and Department Chair, University of Miami Department of Kinesiology and Sports Sciences, School of Education & Human Development

Richard Giannotti, Financial Advisor and President, Athlete Asset Management, Global Wealth Management
Darren Heitner, Founder, Heitner Legal; Sports Writer, Inc. Magazine
Gregory Steinmetz, Sports and Entertainment Director, Senior Vice President and Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley


Representing Creatives - Writers, producers, designers, and all creatives entrepreneurs face challenges and opportunities as social media and new applications create instant, viral, global audiences of unknowns. What used to be "craft," vetted through financial gatekeepers and levels of critique and acceptance from industry experts,  can now be bypassed by a click for anyone who has a phone. What does this mean for lawyers whose clients are working in today’s media environment? How can you maximize your client’s business structure and manage risk? As well, how can you effectively negotiate writer deals when publishers are themselves using self-publishing strategies? The panel will discuss how to navigate the increasing complexity of intellectual property rights, licensing, distribution, branding, endorsement, and sponsorship deals.

Stuart Silfen, Principal, Stuart Silfen, P.C.        

Serona Elton, Associate Professor and Department Chair (Music, Media and Industry), Frost School of Music, University of Miami    
David Lagana, Vice President, Lightning One
Ivan Parron, Principal, Parron Law & IP Sports and Talent Agency        
Tom Player, Player Entertainment Law        

3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Streaming Services - A discussion highlighting the impact of new and innovative technology and how it is impacting the way consumers are absorbing digital content. The online digital world of songs, movies, television shows, and other various types of media has significantly changed the definition and the scope of rights, as well as the negation of the value of those rights. These individuals, all representing different sectors of the entertainment industry, will provide unique perspectives and approaches taken by the leading companies in the online streaming world.

Harold Flegelman, Director of the Graduate Program in Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law, University of Miami School of Law
Lili Levi, Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law

Lin Cherry, General Counsel, HBO Latin America
Christopher Navarro, Director, Business and Legal Affairs, Universal Music Latin Entertainment
Greg Norman - Director of Business and Legal Affairs, Sony Music Entertainment Global Digital Business
Hernan Pantaleon, Founder, Hernan Pantaleon Abogados
Ana Salas Siegel, General Counsel of NBCUniversal / Telemundo

5:00 p.m.
Closing Remarks

Networking Reception at the Alma Jennings Student Lounge, University of Miami School of Law, open to all speakers and symposium attendees.

Sport Law + Sport Industry - Thursday & Friday, April 5-6, 2018

Topics to Include:

  • A New Voice: The Rise of Athlete Activism in a Social Media Driven World
  • Building Athlete Brands in the 21st Century
  • Esports and the Future of the Most Intriguing New Vertical in Sports
  • Financial Advising for Athletes
  • Future of Ticketing at Events and Games
  • Innovations in Stadium Development
  • Issues Facing In-house Team Counsels
  • Monetization of Digital Content
  • Name, Image and Likeness Across an Athlete's Career
  • Risk Management in the NCAA
  • Sports Gaming and Its Impact on the Way We Consume Sports

 See Detailed Schedule and Speakers for April 5-6

Thursday, April 5

9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Welcome Remarks & KEYNOTE

Laura Harris, News Anchor   

Maria Taylor, ESPN Personality

11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Innovations in Stadium Development

Chuck Baker, Co-Chair of O’Melveny’s Sports Industry Group 

David Abrams, Sports Facility Investment Banker, Inner Circle Sports
Irwin Raij, Partner, O’Melveny’s Sports Industry Group


Risk Management in the NCAA

Erin Charlton, Professor, Full Sail University 

Darrice Griffin, Deputy AD and SWA, University of Georgia
Samantha Huge, Athletics Director, William and Mary
Jenn Strawley, Deputy Director of Athletics / Chief Operating Officer, University of Miami Athletic Department

1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.


Liz Moore, Chief Legal Officer, LPGA

Heather Daly-Donofrio, Chief Tournament Operations and Communications Officer, LPGA
Morgan Pressel, LPGA Tour Professional

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
The New Tax Code: Implications for Athletes, Sports Properties and Affiliates


Future of Ticketing at Events and Games

Travis Apple, Account Management – Team Marketing & Business Operations, NBA
Dave Baldwin, Vice President Ticket Sales & Service, Miami Dolphins & Hard Rock Stadium
Bill Fagan, Chief Operating Officer at The Aspire Group Inc.

3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Esports and the Future of the Most Intriguing New Vertical in Sports

Scott Rosner, Professor of Professional Practice & Academic Director, Sports Management Program at Columbia University

Roger Caneda, General Manager, Mavs Gaming Chris Greely, Senior Manager League Operations, Riot Sports
Chris Mann, Senior Director, Endeavor Global Marketing
Grant Paranjape, Director of Esports Business and Team Operations, Monumental Sports & Entertainment
Tobias Sherman, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder of FOUNDRY IV

5:00 p.m.
Closing Remarks
Blake James, Director of Athletics, University of Miami

Networking Reception at the Shalala Center, University of Miami, open to all speakers and symposium attendees.

Friday, April 6

8:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Welcome Remarks

9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
A New Voice: The Rise of Athlete Activism in a Social Media Driven World

Adam Schlater, Partner, Cozen O'Connor

Whitney Hotlzman, Chief Executive Officer, Social Victories
Mike James, Running Back, Detroit Lions
Claudia Lezcano, Vice President, Marketing, Miami Marlins 
Corinne Milien, Executive Director of the Winning Edge Leadership Academy        

10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Name, Image and Likeness Across an Athlete's Career

Peter Carfagna, Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of Magis, LLC

Michael Kelly, Adjunct Faculty, University of Miami School of Law
Kim Miale, General Counsel and Agent – Roc Nation Sports
Brian K. Dunacan, Founder & Attorney, BKD Legal
Chris Spielman, Former NFL Player & FOX Analyst (appearing virtually)


Monetization of Digital Content

Adam White, CEO, Front Office Sports LLC

Tim Brogdon, Director, Digtial Stratgey at University of Miami, Department of Athletics
Ethan Brown, Vice President, Brand Strategy & Development, Pacers Sports & Entertainment
Stuart Drew, Social Media Coordinator for the Miami Dolphins
Dan Moriarty, Digital Director at Chicago Bulls

11:30 a.m. - 12:45 a.m.
Issues Facing In-house Team Counsels

John Ruzich, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Legends

Nona Lee, Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of the Arizona Diamondbacks
Katie Pothier, Executive Vice President & General Counsel of the Texas Rangers
Vered Yakovee, Vice President  & Associate General Counsel of the Miami Heat


Building Athlete Brands in the 21st Century

Windy Dees, Associate Professor, University of Miami School of Education & Human Development

Jim Cavale, Chief Executive Officer INFLCR
Michael Ehrlich, Vice President of Marketing Communications at Independent Sports & Entertainment (ISE)
Max Eisenbud, Vice President, IMG Tennis
Dior Ginyard, Manager of Player Affairs, NFLPA

1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. - Lunch: KEYNOTE
The Business of the Regional Sports Network (RSN)
Sabrina N. Hannam Adjunct Lecturer, Columbia University School of Professional Studies

Arny Schreer, Vice President, General Manager, Partnership Development - ‎Home Team Sports, a division of Fox Sports Media Group
Steve Tello, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Fox Sports

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Financial Advising for Athletes

Marcelo Claudino, Chief Executive Officer, TopSoccer and Top Consulting
Elenice Dobrikow, Vice President, Sunstate Bank
Stuart Rohatiner, CPA/JD, Partner/Director, Gerson Preston Robinson P.A.  
Steve Silton, Partner, Cozen O'Connor

3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Mary Anne Franks, Professor of Law & Director, Cyber Civil Rights Initiative 

5:00 p.m.
Closing Remarks

Council Members:
Shawn McGee, Vice President of Sales Marketing, Homestead-Miami Speedway

*Topics and speakers subject to change


Entertainment Conference
February 16, 2018 (1 Day)

Registration is closed.
Walk In Registration welcome 
on a first come, first serve basis.

Sport Conference
April 5 & 6, 2018 (2 Days)

General Admission: $125
UM Young Alumni: $100
Non-UM Students: $75


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