Greenberg Traurig Sponsors ABA Forum on Entertainment & Sports Industries’ 2012 Annual Meeting

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Attorneys Dan Black, Steven Katleman, Bobby Rosenbloum and Kenny Steinthal Discuss Music Licensing and Web, T.V. and Mobile Content in the Digital Age on Oct. 5 and 6 in Las Vegas

International law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP is a sponsor of the American Bar Association (ABA) Forum on Entertainment & Sports Industries’ 2012 Annual Meeting on Oct. 5 and 6 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas. The conference will feature speakers and industry experts from the legal and business communities discussing issues related to technology, ethics, licensing, branding, publishing and merchandising in the entertainment and sports industries.

The luncheon keynote speaker on Oct. 5 is Lance Armstrong (invited), international cycling star.

Dan Black, Greenberg Traurig Shareholder in the Los Angeles office and Co– Chair of the firm’s West Coast Entertainment and Media Division, is the moderator of a session titled “Original Content for the Web, Copyright in Reboots and Brand Extension for Reality Television Programs,” which will address the roles of content creators and first-run distributors, distribution deals and structure roll-out plans, windowing and the traditional studio/ licensee process. Panelists include Steven Katleman, Greenberg Traurig Shareholder in the Los Angeles office; Vernon Chu, General Counsel, BBC Americas; Tina Perry, Head of Business & Legal Affairs, OWN; and Debbie Spander, A-Game Media.

Bobby Rosenbloum, Greenberg Traurig Shareholder and Co-Chair of the firm’s Atlanta Entertainment and Media Practice, will moderate a plenary session titled "Content on Your Mobile Device: Are There Long-Term Monetization Models That Work for Rights Holders, Service Providers and Consumers? What Are the Business and Legal Issues at Stake?” addressing the various business models associated with mobile content, including a la carte transactional models, subscription models, freemium models and ad-supported models. Panelists include Marcel Garaud, Sr. Director, Business Development, Media & Entertainment Group, Microsoft Corp.; Chris Rigopulos, V.P. of Strategy & Business Development, Harmonix Music Systems, Inc.; David Ring, E.V.P., Business Development & Business Affairs, Universal Music Group, Global Digital Business; and Jim Rondinelli, S.V.P., Corporate Development.

Ken Steinthal, Managing Shareholder of Greenberg Traurig’s San Francisco office, is a panelist for the session titled “Music Licensing in a Digital World: Sound Recordings, Songs and More.” This panel will address the online/digital world of music as it relates to new types of deals, distribution platforms, contract language, concepts and royalty and compensation structures, as well as issues relating to compliance with copyright law and the ever-changing licensing world. Led by moderator Henry Root, Partner of Lapidus, Root & Sacharow, LLP, the panelists are Jeff Brabec, V.P., Business Affairs, BMG Chrysalis/Co-Author, Music, Money and Success; Todd Brabec, Former ASCAP E.V.P./Co-Author of Music, Money and Success; and Neeta Ragoowansi, V.P. of Business Development and Legal Affairs, TuneSat.

Black and Rosenbloum are members of the Forum’s Governing Committee. Past Forum Chairs include Jay L. Cooper, Vice-Chair of Greenberg Traurig’s Global Media & Entertainment Practice and Co-Chair of the firm’s West Coast Entertainment Division, and Joel Katz, Chair of Greenberg Traurig’s Global Media & Entertainment Practice.

More information on the program is available at CLE accreditation has been requested for this program from every state with mandatory continuing legal education requirements for lawyers.

Greenberg Traurig offers clients a preeminent, wide-ranging Entertainment and Media Practice, with attorneys focusing on digital media, television, mobile content delivery, music, motion pictures, sports, Internet, publishing and theater. Greenberg Traurig was among the first law firms in the country to create a branded media practice – and has emerged as a predominant global player in the digital space.

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