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40th Annual Conference
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Welcome: Khadijah Sharif-Drinkard
Date: Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Time: 3:00pm – 3:05pm EST/ 12:00pm – 12:05pm PST
Description:  Welcome to the 40th Annual Conference
Panel: C-Suite Panel sponsored by ViacomCBS
Date: Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Time: 3:05pm – 4:20pm EST/ 12:05pm – 1:20pm PST
Description:  Inside the C-Suite is a series where top industry leaders share their career paths, lessons learned and insights on how to navigate your way into a chief executive position.  Whether you are an attorney who wants to leverage your transferable skills into a top job or an executive looking to climb the corporate ladder, you will benefit from the business acumen and expertise of these panelists. The panel will address how these leaders have adapted to challenges caused by COVID-19 and how they are using their power and influence to advance diversity, equity and inclusion in their respective organizations.
Panel: Producing in a Pandemic sponsored by NBCUniversal
Date: Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Time: 4:30pm – 5:45pm EST/ 1:30pm – 2:45pm PST
Description:  The coronavirus pandemic has changed the entertainment industry in unprecedented ways, and has particularly impacted video programming production both for film and tv/digital shows. This panel will provide insights to attorneys wrestling with key legal concerns and risks stemming from the current production climate, including remote and/or restricted filming locations and the need to create and enforce new health protocols, such as COVID-19 testing and social distancing requirements. Additionally, the panelists will discuss important contractual considerations (e.g., force majeure) and best practices in drafting production-related agreements, including talent/guild issues.
Panel: Student Athlete to Ca$hlete
Date: Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Time: 5:55pm – 7:10pm EST/ 2:55pm – 4:10pm PST
Description:  Bowing to mounting pressure from the public and lawmakers across the U.S. on the issue of student-athlete compensation, the NCAA unanimously voted that college athletes may now profit from marketing their own names and likenesses. But what unforeseen complications, disputes, and financial boons, might lie in the wake of this changing tide for the college sports world at large? This panel aims to inform attorneys about the current landscape and potential outcomes.
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Welcome: Leron Rogers
Date: Thursday, November 12, 2020
Time: 3:00pm – 3:05pm EST/ 12:00pm – 12:05pm PST
Description:  Welcome to the 40th Annual Conference
Panel: General Counsels In An Evolving Landscape sponsored by Netflix
Date: Thursday, November 12, 2020
Time: 3:05pm – 4:20pm EST/ 12:05pm – 1:20pm PST
Description:  General Counsel from global entertainment and sports companies will share insights relevant to in-house as well as outside counsel related changes they have worked through, adaptations their organizations have implemented and how the current business and social environment is shaping our industry.  This panel will explore how GCs handle oversight of legal teams working in transactional areas, government regulations/public policy, litigation, and compliance.  The panel will also delve into each GCs approach into diversity, equity and inclusion in their respective organizations, how they approach engaging outside counsel, and how legal management changed during the past decade because of technology.
Panel: Black Is The New Green: Corporate Activism and Funding the Movement sponsored by BET Networks
Date: Thursday, November 12, 2020
Time: 4:30pm – 5:45pm EST/ 1:30pm – 2:45pm PST
Description:  Just a short time ago, Black Lives Matter was viewed by many in corporate America as a divisive movement. Now, Fortune 100 companies are not only issuing statements in support of BLM, but are putting up big dollars to fund it. This panel will address what has shifted to bring about this change and whether corporate America — specifically Hollywood, professional sports leagues and the music industry, should be doing more to fund the movement and beat the drum for racial equity and social justice. We will also address how to utilize our corporate allies to build a coalition around genuine and sustained change so that this moment remains a movement.
Panel: Virtual Mentorship Circle - Exclusively for YLD Members sponsored by The Walt Disney Company
Date: Thursday, November 12, 2020
Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm EST/ 3:00pm-4:00pm PST
Description:  This session will be an opportunity for members of BESLA’s Young Lawyers Division with 2-5 years of experience to receive professional development insights from experienced industry lawyers, including recommended skills and strategies for cultivating a successful career. During the event, groups of mentees will be paired with experienced lawyers in virtual breakout rooms for unscripted, off the record conversations regarding their current roles, career paths and recommendations for breaking into the industry. 
Presentation of BESLA Scholarships
Date: Friday, November 13, 2020
Time: 3:45pm – 4:00pm EST/ 12:45pm – 1:00pm PST
Description:  Sponsored by Microsoft
Panel: The Evolution Of Music Post The Novel Coronavirus
Date: Friday, November 13, 2020
Time: 4:00pm – 5:45pm EST/ 1:00pm – 2:45pm PST
Description:  The $50 billion global music industry and specifically live music has been hit hard by the novel coronavirus. In an era where over 50% of total revenues have been derived from in-person performances, music executives have had to pivot operations- from developing new talent (A&R), to evaluating current talent and finding new revenue streams. Moderated by their attorney and confidante, join Coach K of the powerhouse duo, “Coach and Pee” behind the revolutionary Quality Control Music, and their label partner, Ethiopia, in a frank conversation about the evolution of music, revenue streams and more after the influence of the novel coronavirus.
Event: IG Live/Zoom Happy Hour with DJ Jon Quick
Date: Friday, November 13, 2020
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm EST/ 3:00pm – 6:00pm PST
Description:  Grab your frosty beverage of choice and join BESLA for virtual cocktail time powered by NYC’s finest superhero DJ Jon Quick. Conference attendees can listen via Zoom while non-attendees can join in via IG Live @ djjonquick.
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