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Attorneys, Agents and Managers in the Entertainment Industry: Roles & Relationships

Length: 3 hours 1 minute

In the entertainment industry, attorneys often find themselves working with agents and managers who are also involved with the talent or with some other aspect of a transaction or project.  In some instances, attorneys themselves may even take on these additional roles.  In this program, we will examine how attorneys, agents and managers work together in different media, how their roles are complementary or overlap, how they can create business opportunities for each other and where conflicts arise.  We will also examine the role of SAG/AFTRA and other guilds, applicable licensing requirements for agents in New York and California and the consequences of not being licensed.  Finally, we will discuss the ethical implications for New York attorneys who wear different hats and act as agents and/or managers as well.  Our panelists will include attorneys, agents and managers involved in film, television, music, theater and publishing who will each offer their perspective.

Program Co-Chairs: Judith B. Bass, Law Offices of Judith B. Bass, Alicia Glekas Everett, Business Affairs Attorney, WME and Jaime Wolf, Pelosi, Wolf, Ephron & Spates

CLE credit: New York: 3.5 total: 2.0 professional practice & 1.5 ethics; California: 3.0 total: 2.0 general MCLE & 1.0 professional responsibility; New Jersey: 3.6 total: 2.3 general MCLE & 1.3 professional responsibility; and Pennsylvania: 3.0 total: 2.0 general MCLE & 1.0 professional responsibility


6:00 – 6:05 p.m.
Judith B. Bass

6:05 – 6:50 p.m.
Agents and Managers in Different Media
Jaime Wolf, Moderator

Licensed and Franchised Agents and Talent Managers in Film, Television and Theater
Richard Basch and Jeffrey P. Bennett
Music: The Role of the Music Manager and Booking Agent
Richard D. Boyd, Ken DiCamillo

Literary Agents
Jonathan Lyons

6:50 – 7:10 p.m.
The Role of the Guilds: Franchised Agents
Judith B. Bass, Moderator

Jeffrey P. Bennett
Actors Equity
Thomas R. Carpenter

7:10 – 7:20 p.m.

7:20 – 8:00 p.m.
Talent Agency Licensing and Litigation: New York and California
Jaime Wolf, Moderator

New York Licensing Regulations
Eileen J. H. Yap
California Talent Agencies Act
Marc Jacobson
Rob J. deBrauwere

8:00 – 8:50 p.m.
Attorneys, Agents and Managers: Working Together, Wearing Different Hats, and Ethical Issues and Implications
Judith B. Bass, Moderator
Panel—Richard Basch, Jeffrey P. Bennett, Richard D. Boyd, Thomas R. Carpenter, Marc Jacobson, Ron C. Minkoff

8:50 – 9:00 p.m.
Q & A

Produced By:

New York City Bar Association

Course Materials

  • Attorneys, Agents & Managers
  • Affirmation of Self-Study