Distribution Do’s and Don’ts

FEBRUARY 2016; “Distribution Do’s & Don’ts

Our Featured Special Guest Speaker:
Attorney, Producer, Distributor, Financier, President and CEO of Deverett Media Group:
About our Speaker:
Based in San Diego, Jeff and Deverett Media Group specializes in the production & distribution of high quality Independent TV & film content. Jeff’s team includes experienced TV and Film executives who provide consulting, guidance and assistance to independent filmmakers in the creation of content, development of release strategies, domestic and international program launch strategy and delivery platforms.
For more information about Jeff and his company:      http://www.deverettmedia.com/       http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1424693/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
DATE: Thursday, FEBRUARY 25th, 2016 TIME: 6:00-7:15 PM
PLACE: Thomas Jefferson School of Law (Room TBA)
1155 Island Ave., San Diego, CA. 92101


The Information You Need to Know to Succeed in the Music Business

Who Will Be Interested in this Program: Anyone interested in doing business and succeeding in the Music Industry. This includes musicians, producers, recording professional, attorneys, small labels, agents, bands, venues and anyone doing business with musicians.

Topics: Topics to be covered by a Panel of Experienced Attorneys and Music Professional will include: The Players, The Contracts, Intellectual Property Rights including Trademarks and Copyrights, Sources of Money, Publishing, the State of Internet Marketing and Stories from the Trenches.

DATE: Thursday,  October 29th, 2015, TIME: 6:00-8:00 PM

PLACE:  Columbia Center , 401 West A Street,  3rd  Floor, San Diego, CA 92101

MCLE: Anticipated that we will be able to offer 1.50 Hr. MCLE to Attorneys.

Cost: $50.00. Current Students $25. SDESL Members 50% off.

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“Dotting Your I-Ps and Crossing Your Royal-T’s: IP and Accounting Issues in Licensing Agreements” – Andrew Koski

Andrew Koski is a partner at Miller, Kaplan, Arase LLP in Los Angeles specializing in royalty and participation inspections for licensing, royalties, profit participation and contract compliance for film, television, music, consumer products and multimedia. He is a contributing author to an authoritative licensing guide, and instructs classes and speaks on emerging issues related to royalties and production accounting.

His professional background includes considerable in-house and consulting experience with entertainment studios and networks. Andrew served as an Audit Director for an international television producer, where he was responsible for all first-run and cable accounts receivable billing, worldwide production bank reconciliations, operational inspections of productions, and all guild-related PH&W contribution issues. He was also an Audit Manager for a major television network where he supervised cost compliance inspections and led the response to the AMPTP’s survey quantifying the overall revenues and expenses for all programs. In addition, Andrew’s special projects included the analysis of foreign tax incentives, distribution acquisitions, development costs and production overhead.

Before joining the entertainment and accounting industries, Andrew had a successful career in shipping, during which he received the U.S. Coast Guard designation Master Oceans Unlimited Tonnage and an endorsement as a First Class Pilot.

Associations & Activities

  • Basics of Licensing: How to Extend Brand and Entertainment Properties for Profit – Contributing author
  • “Practical Royalty and Contract Compliance”, State Bar of California Minimum Continuing Legal Education – MCLE course provider
  • University of California, Los Angeles – “Production Accounting for Film and Television,” “Production Accounting for the Non-Accountant,” Former instructor of UCLA Extension courses
  • Licensing Law for Beginners Panel at LIMA Licensing Show 2011 Las Vegas – Panelist
  • Lawyers Behind the Stars Panel at NASABA 2011 – Panelist
  • “The Business of Show Business” – Animation and VFX Summit – Panelist

Thursday, August 27th, 2015
6:00-7:15 pm
Higgs Fletcher &, 401 West A Street, 3rd floor
San Diego, CA 92101

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Scott Kirby

Scott Kirby, producer of Music Matters, a documentary about the the 1960 “Payola Act”, will join us for our next meeting.   Scott will be discussing the history of the issues and laws pertaining to Payola in the broadcasting industry and its effect on the music business then and now.

To learn more about Scott and to view his film, visit his website at www.musicrevolt.org.

Thursday, July 30th, 2015
6:00-7:15 pm
Columbia Center, 401 West A Street, 3rd floor
San Diego, CA 92101

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“Is Addiction Really Someone Else’s Problem?” – Denise Krochta

Denise is the author of the book “Sweat: A Practical Plan for Keeping Your Heart Intact While Loving an Addict” and host of the global weekly radio show “Addicted to Addicts: Survival 101.” Through her research and expert/topic interviews she asks the questions we all want to know about addiction and mental illness, and including the triggers in particular professions such as law, sports and entertainment. Visit her website for more information.

Thursday, June 25th, 2015
6:00-7:15 pm
Columbia Center, 401 West A Street, 3rd floor
San Diego, CA 92101

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“Solis v. Blancarte; Entertainment Law Turned Upside Down” – James E. Blancarte

Presentation by Entertainment Attorney James E. Blancarte. An overview of the history of legal representation of talent and the 2013 Labor Commission decision to disallow attorney fees to counsel for not having a talent agency license, from the attorney and real-party-in-interest in the matter.

Thursday, May 28th, 2015
6:00-7:15 pm
Columbia Center, 401 West A Street, 3rd floor
San Diego, CA 92101

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“Sports and the Law: What’s Unique about Legal Issues in Sports and What’s Happening Today?” – Len Simon

Presentation by Sports Attorney Len Simon. An overview of the specialties of the law as it pertains to the sports industry and current issues of interest in the field.

Thursday, January 29th, 2015
6:00-7:15 pm
Columbia Center, 401 West A Street, 3rd floor
San Diego, CA 92101

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