Past Conference Speakers

The Tulane Entertainment & Sports Law Conference is proud to annually host some of the nation’s top entertainment and sports attorneys and other industry leaders to share their insights.  We thank all of our past speakers for their time and support.


Past Conference Speakers:

Samantha Aladana, filmmaker

Sarah Amos, VP, Development and Production (Nonfiction TV & Documentaries), Condé Nast Entertainment

Greg Bensel (UC ’85), Senior Vice President of Communications and Broadcasting for the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans

Reed Bergman, President and Managing Partner, VaynerTalent, New York. He is also President and CEO of Playbook, Inc., who has secured relationships with and generated revenue for world-class athletes, pro sports franchises, and international brands, including Mercedes Benz, Anheuser-Busch, Norwegian Cruise Line and Coca Cola

James Carville, renowned political strategist

Marvin Demoff, founder of Demoff Sports Group and legendary agent for multiple NFL star players and other talent. The 2013 ESPN film “Elway to Marino” recounts Demoff’s representation of Dan Marino and John Elway in the 1983 NFL Draft.

Richard Diamond, Executive, ADVANCE

Matt Dy, Literary Manager, Lit Entertainment

Christina Francis, President of Magic Johnson Enterprises

Jeff Frost (L ’89), President, Bristol Circle Entertainment

Robert Fyvolent (A&S ’84), Academy Award and Grammy Award-winning producer and attorney, Law Offices of Robert Fyvolent

Charline Gipson, Co-founder and partner, Davillier Law Group

Prof. Ashlye Keaton, Director of the Entertainment Legal Assistance Project

Jonathan Kieran, Programming Manager, New Orleans
Film Society

Sam Lerner, Actor, well known for his role as Geoff Schwartz on The Goldbergs

Jennifer Lewis (L ’98), General Counsel, Redbud Brands (former General Counsel, The Springhill Company and former Head of Business Affairs, Disney Parks, Experiences, and Consumer Products)

James Lopez, President, Macro Film Studios

David Meltzer (L ’93), Co-Founder, Sports 1 Marketing, Variety Magazine’s Sports Humanitarian of the Year

Dale Nelson, Partner, Donaldson & Callif, a boutique firm in Los Angeles that specializes in documentary clearance and fair use. With more than 20 years as a legal executive at Warner Brothers previously, she handled major brands including Harry Potter, Looney Tunes and DC Comics

Julie Nguyen, Senior Vice President, HBO

Kenneth Reynolds, filmmaker

Selena Roberts, Head of Entertainment for Headline Studio at Advance Publications

Dan Scharf, Global Head of Business Affairs, Amazon Studios

Dawn Steinberg, Executive Vice-President Worldwide Talent & Casting for Sony Pictures Television

Mike Tannenbaum (L ’95), Founder, The 33rd Team and ESPN Front Office Insider

Karen Tatevosian, Executive Vice President of Business Affairs, Sony Pictures Television

Dorian Slater Thomas (L ’13), Of Counsel, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein
+ Selz, Los Angeles

Tyrone Thomas (L ’01), Partner, Co-Chair of Sports Industries Team, Holland & Knight

Suzette Toledano (L ’79), Attorney-at-Law, Toledano Entertainment & Arts Law

Dr. Elizabeth Townsend Gard, Director of the Tulane Center for IP Law and Culture, and the Copyright Research Lab

Michael E. Weinsten (A&S ’87), Partner, Lavely & Singer

Carlos W. Williams, Executive Vice-President of Business Affairs and and Operations at 20th Television and Freeform

Kevin Yorn (L ’90), founding partner of the Yorn Levine Entertainment Law Firm as well as the growth equity investment firm BroadLight Capital. Kevin and the law firm represent global talent such as Alicia Keys, Alix Earle, Charlie & Dixie D’Amelio, Ellen DeGeneres, Jason Sudeikis, Jordan Peele, Matthew McConaughey, Scarlett Johansson, and Squid Game creator Hwang Dong-hyuk

Anthony Zuiker, creator of the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation franchise

Conference Organizer, Kevin Yorn, interviews his client and guest speaker, Anthony Zuiker (creator of the CSI Franchise), at the 2021 Tulane Entertainment & Sports Law Conference

Conference Organizer, Jeff Frost, interviews several of his colleagues at the 2021 Tulane Entertainment & Sports Law Conference

Conference Organizer, Prof. Gabe Feldman, interviews Greg Bensel (UC ’85) and Christina Francis at the 2021 Tulane Entertainment & Sports Law Conference