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Saturday, October 15 • 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Is Your Script or Production in Jeopardy?

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Making films can be a risky business, and filmmakers are often left in the dark when trying to navigate the gambles that go hand-in-hand with bringing their stories to life. Join industry experts for an interactive game of Jeopardy that addresses the common challenges filmmakers face when developing their projects. Jeopardy topics will include: dealing with idea theft, use of name and likeness, false light, issues around stories based on or inspired by true events, legal pitfalls when blurring fact with fiction, public domain and fair use complexities, and the critical role insurance plays in getting your story out there.

This panel is presented by Hiscox Insurance.

Panelists
avatar for Melissa Georges

Melissa Georges

Counsel, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz
Melissa Georges is counsel to our Entertainment Group. For more than 15 years, she has helped award-winning film and television producers, directors, actors, writers, animators, and comedians resolve complex legal issues to get their projects cleared and distributed. Ms. Georges assesses all forms of entertainment content for legal risk. She regularly studies film footage, television shows, Internet content, webisodes, scripts, screenplays... Read More →
avatar for Laura Lee Prather

Laura Lee Prather

Partner at Haynes and Boone, LLP
Ms. Prather is a Partner in the Litigation Practice Group at Haynes and Boone, LLP in Austin, TX. Her practice includes First Amendment, intellectual property and media/entertainment litigation and appeals. She is an advocate at the Texas Legislature on First Amendment and open government concerns. Laura advises online and traditional newspapers, magazines, radio and broadcasters, television stations, production companies and music and sports... Read More →
avatar for Joanne Richardson

Joanne Richardson

Practice Leader Media & Entertainment at Hiscox Insurance
Joanne Richardson has been underwriting media and entertainment liability for over 20 years and was designated a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriting (CPCU) in 1995.  She spent nine years as an Underwriting Officer at Employers’ Reinsurance Corp./GE Capital (ERC), in New York City and three years as a National  Underwriting Officer at Chubb Group of Insurance Companies in New York City.  In  2006 she joined Hiscox... Read More →
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Peter Rienecker

Vice President/Senior Counsel Original Programming at HBO
Peter Rienecker is Vice President, Legal Affairs for Home Box Office, responsible for legal matters concerning development, production, distribution and advertising of original programming, First Amendment issues, intellectual property and related labor concerns.  In particular, he is responsible for pre-telecast and content review of documentary, investigative, news and sensitive fact-based programming for the network.  Prior to HBO... Read More →

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Saturday October 15, 2016 12:30pm - 1:45pm
The Driskill Hotel, Crystal Room