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Lightspark Media Summit

March 3, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 7:30 pm

Co-sponsored by the S.J. Quinney College of Law and the Lightspark Foundation

Funded in part by the Lee E. Teitelbaum Endowment


8:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m., S.J. Quinney College of Law Moot Courtroom (Level 6)
Join fellow digital artists, musicians, directors, producers, actors, business people, students and attorneys for this day-long symposium to explore emerging trends in the film, TV and music industries. Designed to maximize both learning and networking, the Summit is an engaging blend of presentations, interactive panel discussions, performances, live demonstrations, and an unforgettable lunchtime keynote. The day is also infused with the Stewards of Story theme, guiding conversations about what taking responsibility for ethical storytelling means today.

This year’s theme is “Stewards of Story.” Following a divisive election season, it’s critical that we take greater responsibility for the stories that are presented in news and entertainment. Whether you’re a businessperson, a lawyer, or a creative, we all tell stories in our professional lives. These stories coalesce to construct our collective reality, and have real consequences for real people. Because we live in a diverse world and no story is neutral, we have a duty as professional storytellers to be truthful, fair, and inclusive in developing our narratives. This Summit will explore how we as entertainment professionals can promote a higher regard for truth and a greater respect for all people by being better Stewards of Story.

7 hours of Utah CLE.
Registration: $100 for law professionals, $50 for art/media professionals, $10 for students. Register closes on March 1 at 5:00 p.m »


7:30 a.m. – Reception: Registration & Breakfast/Remarks: Welcome

8:25 a.m. – Welcome Remarks

8:35 a.m. – Presentation: Dr. Jeffrey Cole’s Industry Survey

9:15 a.m. – Panel: Film/TV—Docuserious Business

10:15 a.m. Break

10:35 a.m. -Panel:Music—Me-Marketing

11:35 a.m. – Panel: Film/TV—Development Heaven

12:35 p.m. – Break

12:45 p.m. – Keynote: Luncheon with Maria Bello

1:45 p.m. – Break

1:55 p.m. – Presentation: Doug Lichtman’s Law Review

3:55 p.m. – Panel: Music—Streams and Lakes

3:35 p.m. Break

3:55 p.m. – Panel: Film/TV—Diversion Immersion

4:55 p.m. – Panel:Music—Touring Glory

5:55 p.m. – Performance: Musical Guest The Federal Empire

6:10 p.m. – Remarks: Farewell

6:15 p.m. – Reception: Beer, Wine & Exhibits

Summit concludes at 7:30 PM


Maria Bello
An internationally renowned actor, activist, author and producer. Maria Bello has spoken at the State Department and at the UN on women in media and social business. Click here for Maria Beelo’s IMDB profile »




jeffreycoleDr. Jeffrey Cole, University of Southern California
Dr. Jeffrey Cole is the Director of the Center for the Digital Future and a Research Professor at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Dr. Cole has testified before Congress on television issues and has spoken as a keynote and panel member at more than 200 conferences on communications issues. He has worked with both the Clinton and George W. Bush White House on media and telecommunications issues, including detailed briefings on the Center’s work.



douglichtmanDoug Lichtman, UCLA Law
Doug Lichtman is a Professor of Law at UCLA, where he focuses his teaching and research on topics relating to law and technology. His areas of specialty include patent and copyright law, telecommunications regulation, and information strategy and economics. His work has been featured in numerous journals including the Journal of Law & Economics, the Journal of Legal Studies, the Yale Law Journal, and the Harvard Business Review. Mr. Lichtman earned a J.D. from Yale in 1997


Aimee Wolfson, EVP. Intellectual Property, SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT
Amy Jo Martin, Founder & CEO DIGITAL ROYALTY
Branden Campbell, Bassist, THE NEON TREES
Chad Wolf, Singer/Songwriter, CAROLINA LIAR
Chris Horton, Director, SUNDANCE INSTITUTE
Derek Julio, Founding Partner, UTAH MUSIC ATTORNEY
Geralyn Dreyfous, Co-founder, IMPACT PARTNERS
Jared Ruga, VP Film & Television, SENTRY FINANCIAL
John Baker, VP Music Artists & Events, SENTRY FINANCIAL
Ken Bretschneider, Founder & CEO, THE VOID
Mac Reynolds, Manager, REYNOLDS MANAGEMENT CO.
Michelle Kennedy, Founding Partner, KENNEDY ART LAW
Mike Dowdle, SVP Business Affairs & General Counsel, BONNEVILLE INTERNATIONAL
Paul Marchegiani, VP Business Affairs, WARNER HORIZON
Rehan Choudhry, Founder & CEO, A BEAUTIFUL PERSPECTIVE
Rick McMurtry, VP & Associate General Counsel, TURNER BROADCASTING SYSTEM
Roger Armstrong, Founding Partner, ROGER L. ARMSTRONG, ESQ
Ryan Raddon, EDM Artist, KASKADE

Lunch Options (selection available upon checkout)
Catered by Pulp Lifestyle Kitchen

Choose one entrée:
Hot Mess Wrap
house-made turkey burger, sautéed mushrooms and onions, smoked gouda, market hummus, avocado, tomato, arugula in a whole wheat wrap (CONTAINS MILK & WHEAT; no nuts, eggs, fish, shellfish, or soy)

Chika Bowl
tofu, tikka masala, cashew cream, roasted sweet potato, edamame, brown rice (CONTAINS NUTS & SOY; vegan; gluten-free; no dairy, eggs, fish, shellfish, or wheat)

Sano Bowl
honey jalapeno glazed organic chicken, brown rice, roasted sweet potato, corn, black beans, scallions, avocado, cotija cheese, cilantro, fresh lime, house-made salsa (CONTAINS MILK; gluten-free; no eggs, nuts, fish, shellfish, soy, or wheat)

Buy the Roots Salad
spinach, arugula, roasted veggies (beets, sweet potato & carrots), red onion, candied walnuts, goat cheese crumbles, sour apple, pear, fig vinaigrette, honey balsamic reduction (CONTAINS MILK & NUTS; vegetarian; gluten-free; no eggs, fish, shellfish, soy, or wheat)

The Summit is a non-profit event. The Summit is hosted by the S.J. Quinney College of Law—one of the country’s top-rated law schools—at the University of Utah, a premier research university. If the revenue from the Summit exceeds the costs of staging it, the excess funds will be used to support new programs for students and to enhance curricular offerings at the University in disciplines related to entertainment media.

For questions about this event contact Kris (801) 585-3440.

Free parking is available at the Rice-Eccles Stadium. We encourage you to use public transportation to our events. Take TRAX University line to the Stadium stop and walk a half block north. For other public transit options use UTA’s Trip Planner. The law school is on the Red Route for the University’s free campus shuttles (College of Law stop).


March 3, 2017
8:00 am - 7:30 pm
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