2011 Entertainment Law Symposium
The Democratization of Entertainment
Friday, November 11, 2011
PANEL #1 – Copyright Termination Suits: Who Owns our Favorite Songs and Comic Book characters?
Brian Price (moderator), Director, Transactional Law Clinics of Harvard Law School
Ken Basin, Entertainment & General Business Litigation Attorney, Greenberg Glusker
Carole Handler, Entertainment Attorney, Lathrop & Gage
Tim Matson, Litigation Attorney, Lommen Abdo
Marc Toberoff, Copyright and Entertainment Attorney, Toberoff & Associates
PANEL #2 – Labor Disputes in Entertainment: Reviewing the SAG and WGA Disputes
Stuart Brotman (moderator), Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School; Executive Education Program Faculty Member, Harvard Business School; President, Stuart N. Brotman Communications
Day Krolik, Senior Vice President, Labor Relations and Talent Negotiations for NBC Universal
Philippa Loengard, Lecturer in Law, Columbia University
Chuck Slocum, Assistant Executive Director, Writers Guild of America, West
Ray Rodriguez, SAG Deputy National Executive Director of Contracts
PANEL #3 – Online Music Licensing: Is Open Source a Viable Option?
Mark Fischer (moderator), Partner, Duane Morris LLP
Todd Brabec, Executive Vice President, American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)
Robert deBrauwere, Partner, Pryor Cashman, LLP
Casey Rae-Hunter, Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University; Deputy Director, Future of Music Coalition, Member of the Board of Directors, the Media & Democracy Coalition and the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture
Wendy Seltzer, Fellow, Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society; Fellow, Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy
PANEL #4 – Who Controls Your Digital Self: Privacy Concerns in the Digital Realm
Chris Bavitz (moderator), Assistant Director, Harvard Law School Cyberlaw Clinic; Clinical Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet and Society
Jeff Chester, Executive Director, Center for Digital Democracy
Harley Geiger, Policy Counsel, the Center for Democracy & Technology
Michael Kernan, CEO, NuMedia Studios
Latanya Sweeney, Director and Founder, Data Privacy Lab
David Jacobs, EPIC Consumer Protection Fellow
KEYNOTE SPEAKER – George Cheeks, General Counsel, MTV
George Cheeks began his career as an entertainment associate at Loeb & Loeb. In addition, George served as Vice-President, Business Affairs for Castle Rock Entertainment and worked as an entertainment attorney at the boutique entertainment firm of Hansen, Jacobson, et al.
In 1998, George relocated to New York City where he began working for MTV Networks in the Business and Legal Affairs Department for Nickelodeon. In December of 2002 he was promoted to Senior Vice President and General Counsel of MTV, MTV2, MTVu and MTV Films. In January of 2005, he was promoted to Executive Vice President and General Counsel for MTV, MTV2, MTVu, MTV Films, VH1, CMT and LOGO. George’s current title as of January, 2007 is Executive Vice President, Business Affairs, Co-General Counsel, MTV Networks and General Counsel, Music Group & Entertainment Group.
George graduated from Yale University (Phi Beta Kappa) and received his J.D. from Harvard Law School (Cum Laude).