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2011-2012 CLE Luncheon Schedule



Past Events

June 26, 2012:
The Colorado Film Incentive: How It Happened and What It Means for Entertainment Law in Colorado

Donald Zuckerman, Director of the Colorado Office of Film, Television & Media

Zuckerman will speak about what prompted his family’s move to Colorado from Los Angeles and the process of crafting and passing a film incentive law to attract film productions to Colorado. The presentation will cover the history and practice of granting film incentives and the opportunities that the incentive affords for the entertainment business community in Colorado. This event will also touch on Zuckerman’s extensive experience as an entertainment industry operative with a lawyer’s training. A lively Q&A is expected.

In May 2011 Governor John Hickenlooper appointed Donald Zuckerman the Director of Colorado Office of Film, Television & Media. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Zuckerman amassed extensive experience in the film production industry. Mr. Zuckerman has produced or executive produced almost twenty films featuring A-list actors such as Kevin Spacey, Susan Sarandon, Burt Reynolds, Alec Baldwin, William Baldwin, Kiefer Sutherland, and William Hurt. His films have appeared at the Sundance, Toronto, New York, Los Angeles and SXSW Film Festivals and are distributed by international companies such as Lionsgate, Sony Entetainment, Paramount Classics, and HBO. Prior to his film career, Zuckerman had a history of creating New York City nightlife venues and also executive produced the “Live from The Ritz” series of television specials for MTV.  He managed Columbia Records recording artist Scandal featuring Patty Smyth (gold and platinum albums) and Henry Tillman, the 1984 Olympic heavyweight boxing gold medalist and professional boxing contender. Donald Zuckerman is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and received a law degree from the Boston University School of Law.  He worked for four years as a Staff Attorney for the New York City Legal Aid Society Criminal Defense Division and subsequently maintained a private law practice.


May 25, 2012:
The Technological Aspects of Content Licensing Agreements

Ken Tolle, Esq., Launch Pad Media Advisors, LLP

Not a week goes by without a technological development – or at least the rumor of a new product release that is sure to change the landscape of content consumption. Ken Tolle, President and Senior Advisor at Launch Pad Media Advisors, PC, and former Vice President of Programming for DISH Network will discuss how those developments interplay with the latest trends in video content licensing. This seminar will explore how the emergence of online video has evolved the ways you can interact with your favorite content from major networks such HBO, ESPN, and NBC, and will feature Ken's perspectives on online video content distribution companies such as Netflix, HULU and iTunes. Ken will discuss drafting techniques and pointers you can use in your next high-end content licensing agreement negotiation.

Ken is an enthusiastic and talented lawyer and media executive who has negotiated hundreds of programming network deals, and has established himself both as a valuable asset to his clients and among the brightest stars contributing to the nation’s cable-and-satellite TV industry. Ken’s core skills include video content licensing, sophisticated corporate transactions and business development. In a career spent working closely with C-level executives to formulate legal and business strategies for national and international cable TV networks and online properties, Ken has participated actively in over fifteen billion ($15,000,000,000) in total transaction value and helped launch or re-launch seventeen (17) television networks and numerous online media properties and assisted his network clients in adding over sixty million (60,000,000) revenue generating subscribers. In his capacity as president and senior advisor Ken has advised both buyers and sellers on major network acquisitions ranging from the TVGuide Channel purchase in 2009 to the Comcast/NBCU transaction which closed in early 2011.


April 24, 2012:
Salt River Fields at Talking Stick

Harold “Hal” Roth, Esq. – Colorado Rockies
Jim Leonard, Esq. – Faegre, Baker, Daniels

Hal and Jim will discuss the unique challenges presented in developing and constructing Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, the new spring training home of the Colorado Rockies, located on the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian community reservation in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Hal Roth is the General Counsel of the Colorado Rockies Major League Baseball Club. Mr. Roth has served as the Rockies' Chief Financial Officer since August 1993 and General Counsel since the summer of 2000. Hal is responsible for all the financial and legal functions of the club, including accounting, banking, insurance, contracts and litigation.

Prior to joining the club, Hal was a partner with the public accounting firm of Coopers & Lybrand for 19 years where he specialized in taxation. Hal is also a certified public accountant (inactive).

Jim Leonard is a Partner in the Denver office of international law firm Faegre, Baker, Daniels, LLP. Jim's practice focuses on corporate representation of privately held clients, including mergers and acquisitions, complex contract transactions, and general counsel-type representation.

Jim also specializes in sports and promotion law and has significant experience with professional baseball-related clients. Jim provides comprehensive services for the Colorado Rockies Major League Baseball club, including drafting, reviewing and negotiating sponsorship, promotional, sweepstakes, ticketing, transportation, stadium use and player contracts and arrangements, as well as corporate and partnership transactions.


March 30, 2012:
Asset Protection Strategies for Athletes and Entertainers

Timothy D. Scott, Esq., Wallace Scott, PC
Steve Erwin, Esq., Avant-Garde Wealth Management, Inc.

Asset Protection Strategies for Athletes and Entertainers: Athletes and entertainers face a number of challenges when it comes to maintaining their wealth, including: poor insurance planning to protect against predatory lawsuits; poor investment, tax and financial planning; lack of corporate shield protection and family and entourage support. This lunch program will focus on strategies attorneys can employ to help their high-profile clients protect their wealth.

Tim Scott is Director, Shareholder and Founder of Wallace Scott, PC. He practices in the areas of estate planning and administration, business and individual taxation planning, exit and succession planning, tax controversy representation, entity formation and business growth, and business sales and acquisitions. In addition, Tim has launched the sports and entertainment law practice in the firm, with counsel regarding asset protection, contract, sponsorship and financing matters. Tim is a trusted advisor to the firm’s clients; he provides unique expertise to the business owner, bringing a sophisticated tax, business and estate planning practice to complement the desires, plans and objectives of his clients.

Tim is the Past Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Denver/Boulder Better Business Bureau. He is a past board member and current member of the Finance Committee of the national Better Business Bureau organization, the Council of Better Business Bureaus, is a member of the Denver Rotary Club, and a participant with Junior Achievement. He is a past member of the Greater Denver Chapter of the Foundation for Personal Financial Education, a nonprofit Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting and counseling on financial awareness to corporate and community groups. Tim is also a graduate of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Leadership Foundation’s Impact Denver Program.

Steve Erwin is a Principal and the Managing Director of the Entertainment and Sports division of Avant-Garde Advisors, an independent SEC Registered Investment Adviser with offices in Los Angeles and Denver. As a 25-year veteran of the entertainment, sports and finance industries, Steve works closely with agents, managers and business managers to provide clients with a full suite of wealth and investment management services; cash flow and tax planning; private investment due diligence and consulting; as well as insurance, retirement and financial planning, with a particular focus on entertainment industry professionals and talent, professional athletes and high-net-worth individuals and families. In the capacity of entertainment and finance attorney, Stephen counsels and represents artists, managers and independent record labels and publishers in entertainment transactions and litigation.

Steve is one of your Entertainment and Sports Section Co-Chairs, and regularly lectures at universities and sports and entertainment industry conferences on sports, the music business, and wealth management issues. Steve may be reached at


Tuesday October 25, 2011

Immigration Issues for International Athletes and Entertainers
Jeff Joseph, Esq., Senior Partner, Joseph Law Firm, P.C., Immigration Law Specialists

Colorado is home to some of the world’s most competitive international athletes and also draws international talent from around the world to our venues for concerts and entertainment.  For this reason, it is important to understand the challenges involved in the cross-border movement of international artists, athletes, models and   entertainers.

This seminar will explore the various nonimmigrant visa options available to artists, athletes, models and entertainers and the requirements and challenges with each visa option. The seminar will explain the evidence tests in each visa      option and ways that immigration attorneys, sports and entertainment attorneys, and talent agents can work together to facilitate the cross-border travel and work authorization for international artists, athletes, models and entertainers.

I.  0-1 Visa for artists, entertainers, models and athletes of extraordinary ability

Meeting with the evidence test for “extraordinary ability”
Obtaining a peer group evaluation or consultation
Setting up the itinerary
Agents as petitioners

II.  The P Visa for Performing Athletes and Entertainers

When to use a P-1 instead of an 0-1
Obtaining the peer group evaluation or consultation
P-2 Visa for performers using exchange programs
P-3 Visa for the culturally unique performer

III. Other nonimmigrant visa options

B-1/B-2 for single event with prize
H-1B Visa for professional positions
H-2B Visas
Q Visa for cultural exchange visitors 


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Cutting-Edge Case Developments in Entertainment, Sports & Digital Media Law
Stan Soocher, Editor-in-Chief, Entertainment Law & Finance
Associate Professor, Music & Entertainment Industry Studies, University of Colorado Denver

Stan Soocher is the long-time Editor-in-Chief of the ALM Media publication Entertainment Law & Finance. He is also Associate Professor of Music & Entertainment Industry Studies at the University of Colorado’s Denver campus, where he has served as Music Department Chair. In addition, Stan is an entertainment attorney and award-winning journalist. His book They Fought the Law: Rock Music Goes to Court was recently published in a Chinese translation edition by Law Press China.

Stan Soocher is the long-time Editor-in-Chief of the ALM Media publication Entertainment Law & Finance. He is also Associate Professor of Music & Entertainment Industry Studies at the University of Colorado’s Denver campus, where he has served as Music Department Chair. In addition, Stan is an entertainment attorney and award-winning journalist. His book They Fought the Law: Rock Music Goes to Court was recently published in a Chinese translation edition by Law Press China.

This program will cover recent judicial developments that significantly impact transactions and litigation in the entertainment, sports and digital media industries. Topics include personal and business management, concert production, film financing and distribution, court jurisdiction in digital media suits, rights to digital royalties, the effect of copyright registration on attorney fee awards, challenges by college athletes to league licensing of the players’ likenesses, and the interplay of labor law and antitrust law in disputes between sports teams and professional athletes.


April 26, 2011:           
Issues In Negotiating Producer ‘Spec’ Deals
Steve Erwin, Esq., Managing Member of Highlander Law Firm, LLC

Entertainment attorneys are often faced with negotiating artist/producer deals in which producers agree to provide some or all of their services and production costs in speculative terms hoping to cash in if the artist breaks it big.  This talk focuses on the types of agreements artists and producers might consider, and the critical terms each party should consider when building such a relationship including deal structures, exclusivity terms, producer points, sound recording and publishing.

Steve Erwin is Co-Chair of the Entertainment & Sports Section and the Managing Member of the Highlander Law Firm, LLC. Steve focuses his practice on entertainment transactions and litigation; general counsel services for entertainers, athletes, entertainment companies and wealth management firms; intellectual property; and commercial, media and non-profit litigation. Steve is also Managing Director of Business and Legal Affairs and principal of Highlander Wealth Services, LLC, where he manages the entertainment and professional athlete division, and assists high-profile clients with private investment and other business services.


May 25, 2011:            
Collective Bargaining Agreements and Negotiations in Major Sports Leagues: Past, Present, and Future
Peter Shaffer, Esq. - All Pro Sports & Entertainment
Kurt Overhardt, Esq. - KO Sports

The multi-billion dollar sports industry is facing potential work stoppage in three of the major team sports.  While the NFL is the current centerpiece in collective bargaining agreement (CBA) negotiations, both the NHL and NBA CBAs are set to expire within the next 20 months.  How will the billions of dollars be divided? What issues are encompassed in all CBA negotiations? What impact will each negotiation have on the other team sports? Why would NFL Players sue the NFL?  Veteran attorneys and sports agents Peter Schaffer and Kurt Overhardt will share their views on the CBA negotiation landscape of the NFL, NHL and NBA.

Peter Shaffer is co-founder of All Pro Sports & Entertainment, and is a member in good standing of the National Football League and National Hockey League Players Associations.  Peter serves on the Agent Advisory Board of the NFLPA and is an adjunct professor of Sports Law at the University Of Denver Sturm College Of Law.

Kurt Overhardt is Founder and CEO of KO Sports where he has negotiated in excess of $200 Million in National Hockey League Player contracts in his capacity as an NHL licensed Certified Player Agent, as well as other endorsement, sponsorship, and video game licensing contracts.  Prior to forming KO Sports, Kurt worked for the Denver Broncos.