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Thursday, March 22; 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

Lauren Fried and Robert Jacobs of Manatt, Phelps, and Phillips

Robert Jacobs is a litigation partner in the firm’s Los Angeles office, co-chair of the firm’s entertainment, sports and media litigation practice, and a member of the firm’s Leadership Development Program. Chambers USA has recognized him as one of the country’s preeminent entertainment litigators, emphasizing that his “litigation work is of the highest level” and that “he is informed on legal issues” and “pragmatic, reliable and proactive."

Robert specializes in commercial, copyright and other intellectual property disputes in the entertainment, media and fine art industries. He has successfully represented top-level talent, as well as movie studios, major record labels and music publishers, talent agencies and brands in contract, fraud, tortious interference, fiduciary duty, copyright, idea theft, trademark, right of publicity, unfair competition, labor agreement and royalty actions in federal and state courts and arbitrations across the country. He also regularly handles and provides strategic advice on nonpublic claims and disputes. His current and past clients include entities ranging from Warner Music Group, Warner/Chappell, Atlantic Records, Warner Bros. Records, Rhino Entertainment, Sony/ATV, Sony Music Entertainment, UMG Recordings, Universal Music Publishing Group, BMG Rights Management, CBS Studios, Inc., Univision Communications Inc., Lions Gate Entertainment, Good Universe Films, Mandate Pictures, Machinima, and the Richard Avedon Foundation, and leading recording artists and songwriters such as Kendrick Lamar, Bruce Springsteen, Diplo, Usher,, Jermaine Dupri, Los Tigres Del Norte, and Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts.

Robert previously was a law clerk to the Honorable Gregory W. Carman, U.S. Court of International Trade.  

Lauren Fried is a litigation associate in the firm’s Los Angeles office.

Prior to joining Manatt, Lauren clerked for the Honorable Patrick J. Walsh, Chief Magistrate Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. She has also served as associate counsel for Zebra Technologies Corporation and has conducted mediations in Illinois courts for the Center for Conflict Resolution. 


Friday, March 23; 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Andrea Stolpe teaches Songwriting at the University of California’s Thornton School of Music, and is the author and instructor of Berklee's College of Music’s online course “Commercial Songwriting Techniques.” For the past 10 years Andrea has taught melody, harmony, and lyric writing courses for Berklee Online. Her book, Popular Lyric Writing: 10 Steps to Effective Storytelling, offers songwriters a practical approach to lyric writing. She has worked as a staff writer for EMI, Almo-Irving, and Universal Music Publishing, with songs recorded by such artists as Faith Hill, Julianne Hough, Daniel Lee Martin, Jimmy Wayne, and others. 

Rob Seals is the Founder of The Songwriting School of Los Angeles. He is a songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist, and educator with an M.F.A. in poetry, an innovative curriculum for teaching creative process, & a gift for motivating people to create their best work. A decorated teacher & a published poet, songs he has written, produced, or played on have appeared on shows on ABC, CBS, MTV, E!, Fox, Showtime, ABC Family, and numerous cable networks, in short, feature, and documentary films, and on an iPod near you.

Chris Sampson is the founding director of the Popular Music program at the USC Thornton School of Music. As a professor of songwriting, Sampson’s students have penned number one hit songs, won national songwriting competitions, placed songs in numerous television shows and films, written musicals, secured recording contracts, are among the top most subscribed musicians on YouTube, and currently work in multiple areas of the music industry including A&R, publishing and administration. Through the Popular Music program, Sampson has presented collaborative seminars with Glen Ballard, Lamont Dozier, Flea, Randy Newman, Steve Miller, John Fogerty, Andy Summers, and Patrice Rushen to name a few.

Paul Zollo is the author of Songwriters On Songwriting, The Beginning Songwriter’s Answer Book, and Conversations With Tom Petty. He is the Senior Editor of American Songwriter magazine, former editor of SongTalk magazine, and former Managing Editor of Performing Songwriter magazine. He has interviewed songwriting legends Bob Dylan, Gerry Goffin, Willie Dixon, David Crosby, Madonna, Alanis Morissette, Lenny Kravitz, Lou Reed, Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller, Herbie Hancock, Ringo Starr, Brian Wilson, Elvis Costello, Daryl Hall, Chrissie Hynde, Randy Newman, Rob Zombie, Joe Henry, Paul Simon, Dave Brubeck, Burt Bacharach, Harry Nilson, Lamont Dozier, Jimmy Webb, Lindsey Buckingham, Rickie Lee Jones, Richard Thompson, Townes Van Zandt, and Tom Petty.

Odie Blackmon (Moderator) is the Commercial Songwriting Coordinator at Middle Tennessee State University and a Lecturer In Music at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music. He is a Grammy-nominated songwriter with 20 million in sales and the Country Music Association’s “Single of the Year” to his credit. He wrote George Strait’s 50th #1 hit “She’ll Leave You With A Smile,” Gary Allan’s chart topper “Nothing On But The Radio,” and LeeAnn Womack’s award winning “I May Hate Myself In The Morning.” His songs have been recorded by Martina McBride, John Legend, Jim Lauderdale, William Michael Morgan, and more. He was named Billboard magazine's #1 Hot Country Songwriter. Odie has earned three ASCAP Performance Awards, two CMA Performance Awards and three NSAI Achievement Awards.

Independent Music Publishing

Thursday, March 22; 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm

Moderator: Steve Ambers (SOCAN)

Panelists include: 

Michael Eames (Pen Music)

Teri Nelson Carpenter

Tim Cohan (peermusic)

Tim Cohan is the Senior Vice President, Legal and Business Affairs for peermusic, negotiating and drafting a range of songwriter, acquisition, licensing, joint-venture, and other agreements. In addition
to handling all in-house transactional work in the United States and overseeing digital licensing worldwide, Tim is an active representative of peermusic in various industry associations and committees, including as a board member of the Association of Independent Music Publishers. 

Tim received his B.A. in comparative literature from Williams College and a J.D. from Columbia Law School, and is admitted to the Bar in New York and California.

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