Seasoned Entertainment Law practitioners will discuss and advise on the most litigated and easily avoidable contract mistakes. The panel will discuss issues related to agent and management agreements, term sheets v. long form agreements, as well as the pros and cons (depending on who the attorney is representing) of including or excluding various common entertainment transactional provisions, including, but not limited to, mandatory arbitration clauses, choice of law/venue provisions, prevailing party attorneys' fee provisions, indemnity clauses, as well as the use of loan-out corporations. The panel will also address the risks transactional attorneys may face in negotiating deals for their clients following the decision of the Labor Commissioner in Mario Solis v. James Blancarte
Panelists:Howard King, Esq.
Managing Partner of King, Holmes, Paterno & Soriano, LLP
, has broad experience representing individuals and companies in all facets of corporate, music and entertainment law, as well as complex copyright and trademark litigation. Howard has been named as one of The Hollywood Reporter's "Power 100 Lawyers in Entertainment," and has been included in the Los Angeles Daily Journal's list of "California's Top Entertainment Lawyers." Howard served as trial counsel for Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke, and all other Counter-Defendants in the now well-known Williams v. Bridgeport ("Blurred Lines") case.Edwin F. McPherson, Esq.
Founding Partner of McPherson Rane LLP
, has handled all phases of complex entertainment and business litigation including, but not limited to, copyright infringement, trademark infringement, management/artist disputes, rights of publicity, rights of privacy (including internet privacy and stalking), record production and distribution, music publishing, defamation, motion picture and television production and distribution, breach of implied contract (submission cases), net profits, unfair competition, WGA, DGA, SAG, and AFTRA disputes. Ed has served as a consultant and expert witness in connection with the California Talent Agencies Act, about which he has written numerous articles and spoken on many panels, and was recently honored in Billboard Magazine's "50 Attorneys of Note in the Music Biz," and has been recognized as a California Super Lawyer for 10 consecutive years.Peter Paterno, Esq.
Partner of King, Holmes, Paterno & Soriano, LLP
, has represented and nurtured the careers of dozens of multi-platinum recording artists, structuring, negotiating and documenting the myriad of agreements required by successful artists. He is also intimately involved in the formation, purchase and sale of numerous entertainment companies ranging from production, publishing, recording and film companies to merchandise and consumer electronic enterprises (including a well-known company engaged in the distribution of headphones, along with a streaming music business).
Moderator: Pierre B. Pine, Esq.
Senior Associate at McPherson Rane LLP
, has handled numerous complex litigation matters for a variety of talent in the music, film, and television industry, including copyright and trademark infringement disputes, right of publicity, breach of contract, and violations of the Talent Agencies Act, as well as tortious interference, and legal malpractice actions. Pierre is also the Chair of the Entertainment Law Section of the BHBA.