Latest IAEL Programme for Midem



Sunday, 27 January 2013 - The Legal Summit

10:00 - 12:00 Conference Room, Level 01:

What you Need to Know in 2013 – The Legal Update for Entertainment & Technology

Once again legal experts report on those developments which have had a major impact on the industry this year, along with what we can expect in the next twelve months. This year the session will be split into two: one part reviewing media law issues, the other focusing on technology.

Chairman: Alexander Ross, Partner, Wiggin (UK)

Keynote: Larry Miller, EVP & General Manager, MediaNet (USA)

Speakers: Susan Abramovitch, Partner, Gowlings LLP (Canada); Casey Chisick, Partner, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP (Canada); Deborah Newman, Founder, MusicStrat (USA); Maximilien Jazani, Partner, Manswell (France); Nikhil Krishnamurthy, Senior Partner, Krishnamurthy & Co (India); Eberhard Kromer, Partner, SKW Schwarz (Germany); Peter Marx, Partner, Marx Van Ranst Vermeersch & Partners (Belgium); Joep Meddens, Associate, Hocker (Netherlands); Gordon Williams, Partner, Lee & Thompson LLP (UK). 


12:00 - 13:00 Conference Room, Level 01:

Masterclass - Negotiating a Branding Deal

Experienced entertainment lawyers from the IAEL lead a mock negotiation of a branding and endorsement agreement. The session will analyse the main legal and commercial issues in these deals - but also provide a glimpse "behind the scenes" as the lawyers reveal the tactics and strategies used to negotiate the best outcome for their clients.

Speakers: Enric Enrich, Lawyer, Enrich Advocats (Spain); Bernard Resnick, Attorney at Law, Bernard M. Resnick, Esq., P.C. (USA); Massimo Travostino, Lawyer, Studio Legale Pecoraro-Travostino (Italy)


14:30 - 17:30 Conference Room, Level 01:

I Love my Lawyer! How Creative Counsel Support Growth and Innovation in the Entertainment Industry

You want solutions not problems. Learn how lawyers are helping their clients grow, innovate and broaden their reach in new markets. Our panel of experts explain how the challenges of today's digital entertainment business are being turned into opportunities around the world. The session launches publication of the 2013 IAEL Book.

Introduction: Jeff Liebenson, President of the IAEL, Liebenson Law (USA)
Chairwomen: Cecily Mak, Head of Legal, Flipboard Inc. (USA); Anne-Marie Pecoraro, Partner, Aklea (France)

Speakers: Kenneth J. Abdo, Partner, Lommen Abdo P.A. (USA); Robert Allan, Partner, Michael Simkins LLP (UK), Gilles Babinet, Entrepreneur & Digital Champion between the EU and France (France); Allen Bargfrede, Executive Director, Berklee College (USA); Danuta Szymura Berglas, Corporate Legal Counsel, Franco Dragone Entertainment Group (Switzerland); Stéphane Couchoux, Head of Venture Philanthropy & Corporate Foundations, Fidal Law (France); Heidy Vaquerano, Senior Attorney, LaPolt Law, P.C. (USA); Adam Philipp, Founder, Aeon Law (USA).

Including coffee and networking break (at 16:00)


Followed by the IAEL Cocktail Partyin front of the Conference Room, Level 01


 From 19:30 Plage Royale, Boulevard de la Croisette 06400 Cannes:

IAEL Member Dinner ***

featuring the performance of Monsieur Jacquet


Monday, 28 January 2013


10:00 > 11:00 Networking Village, Level 01

Meet the Lawyers

Specialist lawyers will be available for 5 minute one-to-one consultations with expert guidance on any relevant topic - from copyright to contract. No need to book, just turn-up - first come, first served.

Participants: Kerstin Backer, Partner, Lansen (Germany); Ed Baden-Powell, Partner, Michael Simkins LLP (UK); Ralf Kitzberger, Partner, Grub Frank Bahmann Schickhardt Englert (Germany); Eberhard Kromer, Partner, SKW Schwarz (Germany); Fábio Luiz Barboza Pereira, Partner, Veirano (Brazil); Jens Krogh Petersen, Partner, Lett (Denmark); Martin Lémery, Lawyer, Cabinet Gilles Vercken (France); Olivier Sasserath, Counsel, MVVP (Belgium); Götz M. Schneider-Rothhaar, Partner, Fuhrmann Wallenfels (Germany); Wim Schreurs, Partner, Ubilex (Netherlands).


11:30 > 13:00 Auditorium E (Level 03)



13:00 > 14:00 Plage Royale, Boulevard de la Croisette 06400 Cannes

The US and International (Non-Europe) Member Lunch ***


14:30 > 15:45 D2F Camp, Riviera Hall

Licensing 101 for Artists & Labels Going D2F

In today's music business many are now taking a direct route to the fans. But understanding the rights and rules that underpin licensing, old or new, is still vital. This popular session helps the audience get to grips with core concepts in copyright but also in trademarks and branding. This presentation includes a mentoring session during which you are able to ask all your questions and get practical advice on the related topic.

Speakers: James Kendrick, Partner, Alter & Kendrick LLP (USA); Eric Lauvaux, Partner, Nomos (France); Tony Morris, Partner, Marriott Harrison (UK); Philipp Plog, Partner, Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP (Germany).


Tuesday, 29 January 2013


14:30 > 15:45 Innovation Factory, Lerins Hall

Understanding International Digital Music Licensing

How can you safely navigate the international digital licensing landscape? It's an often complex mix of masters, publishing, neighbouring and artists' rights with different approaches in different markets - whether you are clearing rights or collecting moneys. This workshop will provide a roadmap for anyone setting out on the international licensing trail. This presentation includes a mentoring session during which you are able to ask all your questions and get practical advice on the related topic.

Speakers: Marc Jacobson, Lawyer, Law Offices of Marc Jacobson, P.C. (USA); Jeff Liebenson, President of the IAEL, Liebenson Law (USA); Tim Renner, Founder, Motor Entertainment (Germany); John Simson, Of Counsel, Lommen Abdo P.A (USA).



All legal seminars organised by the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers (IAEL) at MIDEM 2013 have continuing professional development/education points accreditation for: The England & Wales SRA, the Dutch and French Bar Associations, and the New York, California and Pennsylvania Bar Associations in the US. Anyone attending the seminars who wishes to claim such points should fill in the attendance forms at the event. Further local confirmation where necessary may be necessary for the relevant accreditation body. IAEL members who would like accreditation for other Bar Associations should contact the IAEL at duncan.calow@dlapiper.com prior to the events.