Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Movie Censorship: Then and Now – How Hollywood fought state censors to win broader First Amendment rights for all.

Speaker: Jeremy Geltzer

 
Jeremy Geltzer


 

Please join us for an evening of risqué business as we focus on the history and current state of film censorship with Jeremy Geltzer. While many industry attorneys are immersed in the mechanics of production and distribution, few appreciate how Hollywood played a vital role in expanding civil liberties and the legal interpretation of First Amendment rights.

 

From the earliest days of movie making, kissing couples, scantily clad boxers, and liberated female-flappers aggravated moral authorities. Today’s censorship impacts unfavorable political speech (i.e., Citizens United v. FEC), Ag Gag (i.e., Animal Legal Defense Fund v. Herbert (9th Cir., 2017)), tax credits (Machete Prods. v. Page (5th Cir., 2016)), and more. On the international stage, content regulations in China, India, and the EU even more directly impact filmmaking at major studios.

 

Jeremy, a long time member of the Copyright Society, has worked in house at Paramount Pictures, and on extended contracts at ABC, Amazon Studios, Lionsgate, and Warner Bros. Prior to his legal career he wrote and produced interstitial documentaries at Turner Classic Movies, interviewing classic stars such as Robert Mitchum, Jane Russell, Charleton Heston, and Ann Miller. Jeremy is the author of several books, including “Dirty Words & Filthy Pictures: Film and the First Amendment,” “Film Censorship in America: a State-By-State History,” “Latino Hollywood,” and “Race Films: Independent African American Filmmaking.”

 


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A life long lover of movies, Jeremy promises to deliver passion for film, edgy and controversial discussion, and thought provoking legal context to First Amendment issues affecting the business of filmmaking.

 
MEETING DATE:
Wednesday, September 5, 2018
 
MEETING LOCATION:
Maggiano’s Little Italy
189 The Grove Drive
Los Angeles, California 90036
 
AGENDA:
Check-in: 6:30 PM
Dinner: 7:00 PM
Program: 8:00 PM
 
PRICING:
The price for the dinner will be $85.00 for members and “associates,” $110.00 for guests of members, and $95.00 at the door for members and associates who miss the noon deadline (if there is room).
 
CANCELLATIONS & REFUNDS:
You may cancel your registration at any time. However, refunds will not be issued for cancellations requested after the registration deadline. Alternatively, you may designate someone else to attend in your place.
 
MCLE CREDIT:
This event qualifies for one hour of California MCLE credit. CLE forms, including the evaluation form, can be found here.
 
 

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Deadline: Friday, August 31 @ Noon (12 pm)
or When Capacity is Reached
No refunds available after the deadline.


 

2018-2019 OFFICERS & TRUSTEES

Officers: 
President
James Gladstone
Lionsgate Entertainment

President-Elect
Aaron Moss
Greenberg Glusker

Vice President
Catherine Bridge
The Walt Disney Company

Secretary
Joel Tantalo
Tantalo & Adler LLP

Treasurer
Ben Sheffner
Motion Picture Association of America

Trustees:
Kelly Klaus
Munger Tolles & Olson

Andrew J. Thomas
Jenner & Block

Carole Handler
Cowan, Debaets, Abrahams & Sheppard

Barbara Quinn
Sony Pictures Entertainment

Ian Slotkin
NBCUniversal

Vivian Lee
21st Century Fox

John Ulin
NBCUniversal

ANDREW J. THOMAS
Arnold & Porter

Laura Brill
Kendall Brill & Kelly

Jay Spillane
Spillane Law Group

Immediate Past President:
Cathy Paul
Sony Pictures Entertainment