From Development Through Distribution:
Following a Film Through Its Life-Cycle

Mark your Calendars for the CCBA’s first Entertainment Symposium offering a one-of-a-kind learning experience and networking opportunity for legal and entertainment industry professionals involved in motion picture development, finance, production or distribution.

The 4-part Symposium will be led by some of the leading practitioners in their fields and will cover a motion picture’s life-cycle, from rights acquisition and development through financing, production and distribution. Each session will follow a hypothetical motion picture project through these various stages and will explore key legal and business issues, including:

  • Chain-of-title complexities and other considerations when acquiring properties
  • Script review for copyright and other potential risks
  • Piecing together financing for independent films
  • Navigating favored-nations, suspension and termination, and other problems that arise during production
  • The impact of the digital age on traditional distribution models and windowing

Who Should Attend

  • Private practitioners
  • In-house counsel at studios, production companies, distribution companies, talent agencies, financial institutions and completion guarantors
  • Business and legal affairs executives
  • Anyone else seeking to broaden his or her understanding of legal and business issues in the making and exploitation of motion pictures.
Attorneys will receive 1.5 MCLE credits per session.

Dates & Times

April 20, 22, 26, & 28
6:30 - 8:00 pm, followed by a cocktail reception

Avoiding Legal Pitfalls In Motion Picture Development

This session will examine a range of legal issues that arise when acquiring underlying rights and in subsequent motion picture development, including chain-of-title complexities and considerations, development-related agreements, and script review for copyright and other potential risks.

David Halberstadter, Partner, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Patricia Laucella, Senior Vice President Legal Affairs, Summit Entertainment, LLC
Alan Heppel, Senior Vice President Motion Picture Legal, Paramount Pictures Corporation

Spinning the Web of Independent Film Finance

This session will break-down the intricacies of financing independent films as they affect lenders, borrowers, studio and foreign distributors, and completion guarantors, and will assess lingering effects of the credit crunch.

Matthew Erramouspe, Partner, O’Melveny & Myers LLP
Stephen Scharf, Partner, O’Melveny & Myers LLP
Susan Zuckerman Williams, Partner, Loeb & Loeb LLP

Keeping the Camera Rolling

This session will survey problems that arise during the course of production -- such as favored-nations provisions, credit ties and related matters, force majeure, suspension and termination, clearances, releases and nudity waivers -- and will suggest practical solutions to avoid delays and cost increases.

Juliette Youngblood, Principal, Youngblood Group
Benjamin Reder, Principal, Reder & Feig LLP

Pioneering Motion Picture Distribution in the Digital Frontier

This session will examine methods of distribution and exploitation, with a focus on changes to traditional models caused by convergence and new media.

Jimmy Nguyen, Partner, Wildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon LLP
Christine Lawton, Senior Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs, Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Beth Baier, Senior Vice President, Business Affairs & General Counsel, Warner Home Video, Inc.


MGM Tower Theater
10250 Constellation Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90067


Member $60/session, $220 all 4 sessions
Non-member $70/session, $240 all 4 sessions
Student $50/session, $190 all 4 sessions
Group Discounts 5 or more registrants from one company enjoy a 10% discount

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For more information contact Orit Arfa, Executive Director:
Tel: (310) 415-2349; E-mail:

This activity has been approved for minimum continuing legal education credit by the State Bar of California in the amount of 1.5 hours per session of which 0 hours will apply to legal ethics; 0 hours will apply to the elimination of bias; 0 hours will apply to the prevention, detection and treatment of substance abuse and emotional distress.

CCBA certifies that this activity conforms to the standards for approved educational activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing minimum continuing legal education.