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MSBA Art & Entertainment Section
Annual Report
2011 - 2012

Section Membership
As of June 18, 2012, the Art & Entertainment Section had 123 members, which is 6 members less than the section had on July 1, 2011.

Financial Status
As of April 30, 2012, the Art & Entertainment Section had an account balance of $15,003.02 including investments.

Continuing Legal Education Programs and Social Events
The Section hosted one CLE program in fiscal year 2011 – 2012:

Program Title

Date

Event Code

Credits

# of Attendees

Sign Your Heart Out: Weighing the Pitfalls and Profits of Reality-Based Talent Competitions

1/6/12

163223

1.0

26

Legislation and Amicus Briefs
The Art & Entertainment Section did not submit any legislative proposals or amicus briefs.

Annual Meeting and Election Results
The Section’s annual meeting and elections were held on June 15, 2012 at Noon at the Minnesota State Bar Association offices.

The following individuals were elected to serve on the Art & Entertainment Section Council in 2012 – 2013:

Chair:                       Blake Iverson, Friedman Iverson PLLC
Vice Chair:             Maxwell Felsheim, Hellmuth & Johnson PLLC
Secretary:               Kelly Fiege, Trepanier & MacGillis PA
Treasurer:              Betsy Butwin, Betsy Butwin Law PLLC

Other Section Accomplishments
N/A

Submitted By:  Greg Perleberg, Section Chair

 

2010 - 2011: Click here to view the Art & Entertainment Law Section's 2010 - 2011 Annual Report.



MSBA ART & ENTERTAINMENT LAW SECTION
2005-2006 ANNUAL REPORT

The Art & Entertainment Law Section sponsored and participated in several meetings and other events during the 2005-2006 programming year.

Luncheon Meetings. The Section held several luncheon meetings at the MSBA offices in Minneapolis. The September meeting's speakers were Scott Heimes, Group Manager of Interactive Marketing, Target Corporation, and Michael Fleming, Larkin Hoffman Daly & Lindgren LLC, who provided information regarding how new technologies are used for marketing purposes by businesses. In October, Timothy Matson, Daniel Satorius, both of Lommen Abdo Cole & Stageberg, P.A., Aaron Davis, Patterson, Thuente, Skaar & Christensen, P.A., Mick Spence, Spence Law Firm, and Patricia Zurlo, Law Office of Patricia Zurlo, gave recaps and summaries of hot topics from the 2005 ABA Forum on Entertainment and Sports Industries. Tim Ogren, Assistant Executive Director, AFTRA (American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) and Brad Eggen¸ President, Twin Cities Musicians' Union (American Federation of Musicians) Local 30-73, provided information on working with Actors' and Musicians' unions in February 2006. In March, Mary Lee, Managing Director, National Music Programs, presented 21st century challenges in the music and media industry. Mitzi Gramling, Associate General Counsel, Minnesota Public Radio/American Public Media, also presented information on legal issues facing public radio. Jim Barnum, Deputy General Counsel, Hubbard Broadcasting, Inc., and Dan Satorius presented for April's meeting on new regulations for broadcast on obscenity, indecency and profanity. After the Annual CLE in May, the Section held its Annual Meeting for the 2005-2006 year on July 21, 2006, with a discussion on ideas for future meetings for the Art & Entertainment Law Section.

Student Event. The Section held a law student/new lawyer event in early April entitled "Careers in Art, Entertainment and Sports Law." The panel discussion was led by Ken Abdo, Lommen Abdo Cole & Stageberg, P.A , and panelists included Patricia Zurlo, Timothy Matson, Mitzi Gramling, Sonya Southward, President of Asonia Artists, LLC and Principal of Southward Law, PLC, Aaron Young, Young Entertainment Law Firm, Michael Gibbons, Counsel, Minnesota Wild, and Jackie Kozak. The event was a great success with students and new lawyers asking questions of the panel members who represented many different careers for a lawyer in the Art and Entertainment field.

CLE Seminar. In keeping with the long tradition of the A&E Section, "The 2006 Midwest Art, Entertainment & Sports Law Institute" Annual full-day CLE took place on May 5, 2006, and brought together a panel of nationally recognized lawyers representing all aspects of the Arts & Entertainment world. Special guests included Robert Schwartz, nationally recognized Film and Television Producer, Jon Fine, Associate General Counsel, Amazon.com, and Chris Castle, Vice President General Counsel, SNOCAP, Inc. Aaron Davis and Mick Spence spoke regarding how entertainment litigation continues to define and re-define how artists, businesses and consumers interact in today's industry. They provided summaries of highlighted cases as well as practice tips and pointers. Ken Abdo, Paul Bezilla, Attorney at Law - Minneapolis, and Chris Castle enlightened everyone with information on issues impacting digital music distribution. Chris Osgood, Director of Springboard for the Arts, provided information about Springboard and its Arts' Attorney Referral File. Eric Nilsson, Eric Nilsson, P.A., and John Stout, Fredrikson & Byron, P.A., gave a presentation on the making of the film, A Prairie Home Companion. Dan Satorius, Jon Fine and Robert Schwartz talked about what goes into making a film adaptation of a book and legal issues involved. Genhi Givings Bailey, Spence Law Firm, Heather Nelson, Law Office of Heather Nelson, Amy Maanum, Law Offices of Amy J. Maanum, with Ken Abdo acting as moderator, were the panelists for the Elimination of Bias discussion. They talked about various situations they have encountered and how they handled those situations.

Finances. The Financial Activity Report as of July 1, 2005, for the Section had a balance of $5,351.18. The ending balance as of May 31, 2006 was $4,669.17.

The A&E Section continues to encourage participation by all attorneys who have an interest in entertainment law, regardless of the level of their experience or activity. The Section will begin its new season of meeting and programs in August 2006, under the leadership of its new Section Chair, Patricia Zurlo, Esq.

Jackie Kozak, Esq.
2005-2006 Section Chair



MSBA Art & Entertainment Law Section
2004-2005 Annual Report

The Art & Entertainment Law Section sponsored and participated in several meetings and other events during the 2004-2005 programming year.

Luncheon Meetings. The Section held several luncheon meetings at the MSBA offices in Minneapolis. The September meeting's speaker was Brad Pedersen of Patterson, Thuente, Skaar & Christensen, who presented "Patenting Art & Entertainment: Creative Strategies for Protecting Artistic Technology." The October meeting's topic was "Recap and Summary of Hot Topics From the ABA Forum on Entertainment and Sports Industries 2004 Annual Meeting and Conference," which was presented by Aaron Davis, Ken Abdo, Tim Matson, and Mick Spence. Sylvia Strobel presented the November meeting on "The State of Radio - An Attorney's Perspective." The December meeting on "Financing and Tax Issues in the Development of Television and Film Productions" was presented by Dan Satorius and Bryan Ross. The Section held a student event in early February 2005 and then returned later in the month to present, along with the MIPLA Copyright Committee, "The Fate of Grokster: The Professors' Mock Oral Argument of the Grokster Case Before the U.S. Supreme Court," which was led by Prof. Niels Schaumann and Dean Jon Garon. After the Annual CLE in May, the Section held its Annual Meeting for the 2004-2005 year on July 15, 2005, with the "Open Forum Discussion of the Grokster Decision." The discussion was led by Rob Kalinsky, Tom Johnson, and Greg Sebald.

Student Event. The Section held a law student/new lawyer event in early February 2005 entitled, "Careers in Art, Entertainment and Sports Law." The panel discussion was led by Mick Spence, Ken Abdo, Calvin Litsey and Aaron Davis. The event was a great success, with around 100 students and new lawyers attending and asking questions concerning the practice of entertainment law.

CLE Seminar. In keeping with the long tradition of the A&E Section, "The 2005 Midwest Art, Entertainment & Sports Law Institute" Annual full-day CLE brought together a panel of nationally recognized lawyers who represent major and independent film and television production companies, major recording artists, music publishers, and sports franchises and players, including: James Barnum, Deputy General Counsel, Hubbard Broadcasting, Inc., St. Paul, Ken Abdo, Chair, ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries, Minneapolis, Jeff Brabec, Vice President, Business Affairs, Chrysalis Music Group, Los Angeles, Todd Brabec, Executive Vice President/Director of Membership, ASCAP, Los Angeles, David Given, Phillips Erlewine & Given, San Francisco, Tom Lynn, Assistant General Manager, Minnesota Wild, Neil K. Sheehy, Neil K. Sheehy, P.A., Minneapolis. The program provided practical information on the practice of entertainment and sports law, and educated attendees on important trends. Recent case law, deal structures, developing technology, and changing economics framed a substantive day of information and networking.

Finances. The Financial Activity Report of the Section states that as of July 1, 2004, the Section had a balance of $7,264.51. The ending balance as of May 31, 2005 was $5,620.55.

The section continues to encourage participation by all attorneys who have an interest in entertainment law, regardless of the level of their experience or activity. The section will begin its new season of meeting and programs in August, 2005, under the leadership of its new Section Chair, Jackie Kozak of Target Corporation.

Aaron W. Davis, Esq.
2004-2005 Section Chair


MSBA Art and Entertainment Law Section
2003-04 Annual Report

The Art & Entertainment Law Section sponsored and participated in several meetings and other events during the 2003-2004 programming year.

Luncheon Meetings. The Section held several luncheon meetings at the MSBA offices in Minneapolis. Our programming kicked off with “Entertainment and Sports Law in the New Economy,” with Dan Satorius, Clark Griffith, Mick Spence, Aaron Davis and Tim Matson providing a review of the ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries held in New York, New York on October 10-11, 2003. Section programming continued in November 2003 with “Intellectual Property and Licensing Rights Relating to Television Production and Release,” with speakers Jim Barnum, Deputy General Counsel, Hubbard Broadcasting, Inc., and Dan Satorius, Abdo, Abdo, Broady & Satorius, P.A. A&E programming continued in January 2004 with “The Death of Copyright v. The Death of Fair Use.” Professor Niels Schaumann, William Mitchell College of Law, and Dean John Garon, Hamline University School of Law, presented an excellent scholarly discussion about the state of copyright in the digital age to an overflow crowd. At the February 2004 A&E meeting, Craig Rice, Chris Osgood and Jane Minton provided a panel discussion about the goals, accomplishments and struggles of local arts organizations. Craig Rice is the Executive Director of the Minnesota Film & TV Board. Chris Osgood is the Director of Artists Services, Springboard for the Arts. Jane Minton is the Executive Director of Independent Feature Project MSP. In April 2004 Ken Abdo, Abdo, Abdo, Broady & Satorius, P.A., presented his lecture on “Entertainment Law Ethics.” A&E programming continued in May 2004 with a presentation by Neil Sheehy on “The Life of a NHL Attorney/Agent.” The A&E Annual Section Meeting took place on June 18th.

Social Event. The A&E 2003 schedule concluded in December with a section holiday party held at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Minneapolis.

CLE Seminar. The A&E Section concludes its programming with its year-end CLE Seminar, “The Midwest Art, Entertainment & Sports Law Institute.” The planning committee has assembled a panel of nationally recognized lawyers and law professors who represent major and independent film and television production companies, major recording artists, national legal publications, and sports franchises, including: David Lessoff, Director of Business and Legal Affairs, Capitol Records, Inc., Stan Soocher, Editor-in-Chief, Entertainment Law and Finance, and Associate Professor of Music and Entertainment Industry Studies, University of Colorado at Denver, Gary Watson, Huron, Maki & Johnson, LLP, Los Angeles, California, Clark C. Griffith, Clark C. Griffith, P.A., Minneapolis, Ken Abdo, Chair, ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries. The program will provide practical information on the practice of entertainment and sports law, and will educate attendees on important trends. Recent case law, deal structures, developing technology, and changing economics frame a substantive day of information and networking.

Finances. The Financial Activity Report of the Section for the eleven months ending May 31, 2004 reports that as of June 1, 2003, the Section had a balance of $8,828.47. The ending balance as of May 31, 2004 is $8,203.09.

The section continues to encourage participation by all attorneys who have an interest in entertainment law, regardless of the level of their experience or activity. The section will begin its new season of meeting and programs in August, 2004, under the leadership of its new Section Chair, Aaron Davis.

Timothy C. Matson
2003-2004 Section Chair


MSBA Art and Entertainment Law Section
1998-99 Annual Report

The Art and Entertainment Law Section sponsored and participated in several meetings and other events during the 1998-1999 programming year.

Luncheon Meetings. The section held seven luncheon meetings at the MSBA offices in downtown Minneapolis. The meetings focused on current issues in several different areas of the entertainment industry, including live theatre, music, book publishing, modeling, and professional sports. At the January meeting, section members discussed the possible impacts of the Minnesota Supreme Court’s recent right of privacy decision in Lake v. Wal Mart. The final meeting of the year addressed e-commerce, MP3 and other Internet issues that are certain to play a big role in the future of the entertainment industry.

CLE Seminar. On April 23, the section presented its annual full day entertainment law continuing legal education seminar. This year’s seminar was entitled Entertainment Law: The Story Behind The Story. The seminar centered around a first time author’s new novel. Presenters discussed legal issues associated with the initial publication of the book, the optioning and production of the book as a television show, the creation of music and merchandise based on the book, and, finally, the author’s defenses to an infringement action. A record 105 lawyers and law students attended the seminar. All of the presenters were local attorneys and section members, which illustrates the development of the Twin Cities entertainment bar over the past few years.

Legislative Initiative. For several years, the Minnesota Film Board, the Advertising Federation, and other organizations in the local film, advertising, and creative arts communities have waged a campaign to eliminate the Minnesota sales tax on television commercial production services. This year, the section joined these efforts as a sponsoring organization. Late in the 1999 legislative session, the Legislature passed and the governor signed a bill to exempt these services from the sales tax. On June 7, section members and members of the other supporting organizations gathered at Bravo! to celebrate the victory.

Community Involvement. One of the goals of the section for the year was to increase the visibility of the membership in the local entertainment community. Several members of the community were invited to speak at the monthly luncheon meetings. In addition, the section continued its attorney referral program with Resources and Counseling for the Arts, and also sponsored a "Street Legal" session in conjunction with the Minnesota Music Academy/Minnesota Association of Songwriter’s annual Icebreaker Music Awards week.

Newsletter. Ken Kunkle edited and published the section’s annual newsletter. The newsletter included several articles on topics of current interest to the entertainment law bar, as well as notes on recent entertainment law cases and statutes.

Social Event. The section ended the year with a social event at the new Jungle Theatre in Minneapolis. Charlie Bethel, the administrative director of the theatre, lead a backstage tour and talked about the opportunities and challenges of staging live theatre in the Twin Cities.

Finances. Final financial statements were not available when this report was prepared. However, the section expects to end the 1998-1999 programming year with a balance of approximately $3,500 to $4,000.

The section continues to encourage participation by all attorneys who have an interest in entertainment law, regardless of the level of their experience or activity. The section will begin its new season of meetings and programs in October of 1999.

David W. Koehser,
1998-1999 Section Chair

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