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Reality programming has evolved legal and business parameters that differ significantly from traditional scripted programming. From the underlying business model to advertising budgets and from labor relations implications to liability concerns, these shows have created a new production and distribution model. Broadcasters must deal with liability claims from dismissed and disgruntled contestants. Producers and advertisers have broad opportunities to develop new ways to advertise and to pay for content including product placement, integration and sponsorships. These issues are further compounded by unresolved labor relations questions about guild jurisdiction and compensation for amateurs and professional performers, writers and directors. Led by Jody Simon, one of the leading experts in reality programming and the lead production attorney on the BBC runaway hit Dancing With The Stars, a panel of top industry experts will address the definitive questions for anyone involved in programming, producing and/or broadcasting reality shows.

* Jody Simon, Partner, Raskin Peter Rubin & Simon (Moderator). With over twenty years of private practice and in-house experience, Jody Simon has worked on virtually every kind of deal in the entertainment industry in such areas as feature films, publishing, music and live stage. He currently represents some of the hottest producers in the area of reality programs.
* David Stanley, Of Counsel, Greenberg Glusker. Former Producer and Founder of Stone Stanley Entertainment (Fun House, The Man Show, Legends of the Hidden Temple, The Mole, Celebrity Mole, and Shop ‘Til You Drop).
* David Halberstadter, Partner and Co-Chair, Entertainment & Media Practice, Katten Muchin Rosenman with a broad range of litigation experience and knowledge of the entertainment industry, including the law of ideas, motion picture and television clearance, “first look” deals, “turnaround” provisions, negative pick-up agreements, “pay or play” rights, licenses for theatrical, pay television, network, basic cable and off-network exhibition, credit rights, spin-off, sequel and remake rights, to name only a few.
* Todd Weinstein, Vice President of Business Affairs and Creative Development, GRB Entertainment, primarily responsible for the servicing and support of the company’s production and development departments and formerly with the William Morris Agency where he assisted President and CEO Jim Wiatt and worked in the Television Business Affairs group.

The panel will discuss these cutting-edge issues in reality programming:

* What rights are there in formats? If I pay someone to license a format, what am I paying for?
* Who drives the sponsorship and product integration deal, the network or the producer? Where does that money go, on the screen or into someone’s pocket?
* Do reality shows have an afterlife? What is the ancillary market looking like in repeats, foreign sales/format license, DVDs and merchandise?
* How do network Standards & Practices impact production and content?
* What is the latest thinking on eligibility of participants, psychological and medical screening and creation of competition rules?
* How do reality programmers and attorneys deal with libel, appearance releases (or failure to obtain releases), locations and clearances of background art, music, etc.?
* How do the guild rules on overtime payment apply when contestants are not being filmed or “performing”?
* How will reality programming impact the upcoming entertainment industry negotiations with respect to product placement? Who will prevail at the bargaining table?

About Association of Media & Entertainment Counsel

The Association of Media & Entertainment Counsel (AMEC) was created to advance the professional development and to recognize the achievements of in-house legal counsel within the media and entertainment industry. Corporate counsel in the media and entertainment industry occupy a central role. Not only must they possess excellent legal acumen, corporate counsel must be politically savvy and be viewed as strategic partners by their peers in the executive suite. AMEC organizes and sponsors programs designed to equip in-house legal counsel with the skills necessary to excel within their respective organizations. Media and Entertainment Insights, the quarterly publication of AMEC, contains timely articles on cutting edge business and legal issues. The Media and Entertainment Counsel Award Series was created by AMEC to recognize those members who have achieved the highest levels of successes in their areas of expertise and to honor the top media and entertainment counsel as selected by their peers.
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