2017 Representing Your Local Broadcaster
8:30 - 9:30 a.m., Brahms 3&4
Women in Communications Law Breakfast
9:45 - 10:00 a.m., Beethoven 2
Carolyn Y. Forrest, Chair, ABA Forum on Communications Law, Fox Television Stations, LLC, Atlanta, GA
Kathleen Kirby, Program Chair, Wiley Rein LLP, Washington, DC
Joseph Di Scipio, Past President, Federal Communications Bar Association, Washington, DC
10:00 - 11:00 a.m., Beethoven 2
Panel: What’s the Whole Regulatory Picture at the FCC?
A picture may be worth a thousand words, but regulatory agencies tend to prefer the latter. Join our panel as we delve into the policies behind the regulatory text, and what areas may require particular attention—or may be looking at real changes—in the coming months. Our expert panelists will gaze into their crystal balls on topics including foreign and local ownership, station recordkeeping and other operational obligations, children’s programming, political broadcasting, and more. They also would love to hear from you ... and to offer what advice they can on how to guide broadcasters away from the blue screen of (regulatory) death.
Moderator: Bill LeBeau, Holland & Knight LLP, Washington, DC
Michael Beder, Covington & Burling, LLP, Washington, DC
Joseph Di Scipio, Fox Television Stations, LLC, Washington, DC
Rebecca Hanson, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Arlington, VA
Timothy Nelson, Brooks Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, LLP, Raleigh, NC
11:00 - 11:15 a.m.
11:15 - 12:15 p.m., Beethoven 2
Panel: A Sweeping Look at the Post-Auction Repack and ATSC 3.0
The one-of-a-kind, voluntary incentive auction of television broadcast spectrum has ended with more of a whimper than a bang. Ready for the television broadcast world to be turned upside down? How will it all work—or will it even work at all? Our expert panel will take a look at how participants fared and what remaining television broadcasters need to know about the complicated repack of stations into a smaller spectrum band. In addition, the FCC is about to approve use of the next-generation broadcast transmission standard, ATSC 3.0, and we’ll examine how that fits into the picture.
Davina Sashkin, Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth, PLC, Washington, DC
Anne Schelle, Pearl, Washington, DC
Ari Meltzer, Wiley Rein LLP, Washington, DC
Kevin Fisher, Smith and Fisher, Woodbridge, VA
Chris Wieczorek, T-Mobile, Washington, DC
12:30 - 1:00 p.m., Beethoven 1
1:00 - 1:45 p.m., Beethoven 2
Panel: A Panoramic View of the Political Landscape — Congress, the FCC and the Trump Administration
New FCC Chairman Pai has promised a deregulatory agenda and has already started to loosen some of the FCC’s numerous regulatory restrictions on broadcasters. What changes can broadcasters expect from Chairman Pai FCC going forward, and what changes can broadcasters expect from Congress? Find out from this expert panel what we might see in 2017 and beyond.
Christina Burrow, Cooley LLP, Washington, DC
Robin Colwell, Chief of Staff and Senior Legal Advisor, Media, FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly’s Office, Washington, DC (invited)
Jack Goodman, Offices of Jack Goodman, Washington, DC
Adonis Hoffman, Chairman, Business in the Public Interest, Washington, DC
Robert McDowell, Cooley LLP, Washington, DC
1:45 - 2:00 p.m.
2:00 - 3:00 p.m., Beethoven 2
Panel: Eyes Wide Open: Newsgathering Problems in the New Regime
The Trump Administration, hacking, leaks, selective access, social media and fake news – what in the world is newsgathering coming to, and what’s next? Come and find out from a panel of attorneys and journalists who have seen it all.
James Chadwick, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP, San Diego, CA
Susanne Craig, The New York Times, New York, NY
David Corn, Mother Jones, San Francisco, CA
Carolyn Y. Forrest, Vice President Legal Affairs, Fox Television Stations, LLC, Atlanta, GA
Charles D. Tobin, Partner, Holland & Knight, Washington, DC
3:00 - 4:00 p.m., Beethoven 2
Panel: Providing Content in Many Directions: Digital, Streaming, OTT and More
Broadcasters are distributing content on multiple platforms to interact with their audiences. Whether they use social media or the Internet generally, with new distribution methods come new legal questions. Our experts will offer their views on the ramifications of providing content in many directions, from content distribution rights and limitations, methods for protecting intellectual property rights, and the process for obtaining necessary streaming licenses, to online privacy issues and more.
Rosemary Harold, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP, Washington, DC
Angela Ball, NBCUniversal, Inc., Washington, DC
Jennifer Venable, Capitol Broadcasting, Raleigh, NC
Heidi Schmid Whiting, Graham Media, Chicago, IL
Monica Desai, Facebook, Washington, DC
4:00 - 5:30 p.m., Beethoven 1