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Get Ready For the 21st Annual Cutting Edge CE Conference in New Orleans @ericcager
Get Ready For the 21st Annual Cutting Edge CE Conference in New Orleans @ericcager

Get Ready For the 21st Annual Cutting Edge CE Conference in New Orleans @ericcager

Cutting Edge

SEPTEMBER 26 – 28, 2013

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New Orleans: The 21st Annual Cutting Edge CE Conference and Events (formerly Cutting Edge Music Business Conference) continues to address the hot topics and current trends in today’s entertainment industry. Cutting Edge provides informative discussions by dynamic speakers from the fields of law, finance, publishing, sports, advertising, music marketing and promotion, touring, management and film.

This year’s conference will take place at the Old U.S. Mint, home to one of New Orleans’ finest performing venue.
The New Orleans Mint Performing Arts Center

Below is a partial list of panels and discussions you will be able to attend at this year’s Cutting Edge CE Conference.
Agents and Talents Buyers – Stage Keepers
Publishing in Today’s Independent Entertainment Industry
The New A&R Process: Do you have what Record labels are Looking for?
Branding Your Image and Licensing your Music
Film Distribution
Interactive Entrepreneurship: From New Tech Start-Ups to Crowdfunding – New Opportunities, Old Problems
Artist Listening Sessions and
One-On-One Consultations
These are but a few of Cutting Edge panels.

Many of the Cutting Edge panels are Continuing Legal Education (CLE) accredited by the Louisiana MCLE Committee (15.5 cr. hrs. including 1 hr of ethics and 1 hr of professionalism) the entire CLE program follows. Accountants seeking CPU credits must individually submit for credit.


Thursday, September 26, 2013 (Subject to change)

9:00 – 10:00 am Future Transactions: Conflicts, Money & Ethics (1.0 cr. hr.)
A discussion of the future business dealings of music, film, and sports law. How ethics relates to conflict and money.
10:10 – 12:10 pm Trademark and Copyright Issues in Representing Entertainment New Technology Entrepreneurs. (2.0 cr. hr.)
12:10 pm Lunch
1:30 – 2:30 pm Issues deriving from Recording/Film Contracts and Artists Agreements (1.0 cr. hr.)
A review of essential clauses and important negotiation techniques to help attorneys and music executives protect their clients and companies in a world of visual medias (Film, TV, Advertising, Theatrical Trailers, Video Games, etc.)
1. Double Dipping
2. 360 Deals
3. Revenue Sharing
4. Global Rights Deals
5. Double Distribution Fees
2:40 – 3:40 pm Interactive Entrepreneurship: From New Tech Start-Ups to Crowdfunding – New Opportunities, Old Problems (1.0 cr. hr.)
The digital environment is awash in new companies, greater access in new ways. Fan fundraising through Kickstarter and IndieGoGo has given artist, music and film entrepreneurs’ new methods to become financially viable. But what are the copyright and SEC consequences?
3:50 – 5:20 pm Representing Celebrities and Athletes in the Media, in Sports and the Courtroom (1.5 cr. hr.)
The discussion will center on the analysis of legal issues representing entertainers and athletes in contract negotiations (covering collective bargaining, film and TV, deal memos), and when there is a crisis and representation is needed with media and representation is need in the courtroom.

Friday, September 27, 2013

9:00 – 10:00 am Litigation: Royalty fee disputes. (1.0 cr. hr.)
10:10 – 11:10 am Legislative Update (1.0 cr. hr)
Is now the time to review potential revenue reforms such as the Section 115 Reform Act (SIRA). The panelists will discuss recent actions and talking points on legislative actions.
11:20 – 12:20 pm Publishing in Today’s Independent Entertainment Industry – Work For Hire – Reversion Issues (1cr. hr.)
12:20 pm Lunch
1:30 – 2:30 pm Keynote Interview: Subject: Gary J. Elkins, Esq. New Orleans, LA
New Orleans’ leading tax credit financing attorney will discuss all things Tax Credits in Louisiana, film tax credits, live performance tax credits, new market tax credits and how combinations of these instruments help fund New Orleans projects like the Carver Theater, the D-Day Museum, the Saenger Theater, New Orleans Healing Center and many Louisiana shot films. (1.0 cr. hr.)
2:40 – 3:40 pm Across All Platforms: Complexities of Licensing in the Digital Age
Fast growing and powerful drivers of music, film, sports and media, the digital world has energized the entertainment industry. (1.0 cr. hrs)
This panel will cover the intellectual property issues (e.g. Licensing) and Deal Points in negotiating for your clients
3:50 – 5:30pm Digital Distribution: Future Profits (1.0 cr. hr.)
The reduction of sales of CD and tapes collecting fund from all areas of the digital outlets have become more important. The panelists’ discussion will outline the law and business of today’s digital retail outlets.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

9:00 – 10:00 am Professionalism – Conflict of Interest: What do you do when the attorney on the other side is being unprofessional, or nasty, or simply impossible? What do you do when you have an adversary who stalls, doesn’t return calls, or simply delays matters? How do you get the most out of your negotiation? How do you save a deal from going south? (1.0 cr. hr.)
10:10 – 11:10 am The Evolution of Film Distribution – The Holy Grail (1.5 cr. hrs)
The discussion will center on the changes in distribution channels and the latest developments in on-line, cable, satellite and other delivery methods.
11:50 – 12:30 pm Reality TV: How it Works! What is the role of the representing Attorney? (1.5 cr. hr.)
Reality Television popularity in Recent Years has made it important to know what is Reality TV, how it works, what is the future of Reality Television.
The panel will discuss the issues related to the development, financing, production, distribution and future of Reality Television.
Common agreements, legal and entertainment issues in locating, working with, and negotiating with sales agents and distributors of independent films in the United States and abroad. Comprehensive overview of financing films, with a review of Louisiana’s incentive program including tax credit and production incentive issues, financing alternatives and insurance options.

(Subject to change)

Early Bird Deadline – June 1, 11:55 PM
Showcase Registration Deadline – June 28
ReverbNation submission –

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