“breaking Bad” and”better call saulActor Jonathan Banks was one of many speakers Friday at Tulane University’s Entertainment and Sports Law Conference to give students the inside scoop on the entertainment industry.
Banks, best known for his role as Mike Elmantrout on “Breaking Bad,” took the stage to be accepted by Jeff Frost, the former president of Sony Television and current president of Bristol Circle Entertainment. Moderated interview. While other speakers at the conference offered insights into the legal aspects of the entertainment industry, Banks shared stories from his decades-long career, including his time playing Mike.
Banks said his experiences in theater, starting with school plays, inspired his career in the industry. Banksy, who moved from New York in 1974, joked that life in Los Angeles was better than starving. Banksy says his breakout role was Frank McPecke in ‘wise manduring his tenure in Hollywood he starred in “airplane!” and”gremlinsAs the years went by, Banks said he turned to acting in TV shows, now feeling like TV got smarter and movies got dumber and louder as time went on.
Throughout the speech, Banks emphasized the importance of humility, trust and relationships. Speaking on the subject of Breaking Bad in an interview, Banks said: “I do think greed eats everything, is overwhelming, and ultimately destroys you.”
The event marks the sixth year that Tulane Law School has hosted the conference. Seating is open to Tulane students and the public. Attorney Tim Francis helped organize the event and said the conference’s mission is to “inspire others to get involved and make Tulane a world leader in sports and entertainment.”
Francis worked for the Sher Garner Law firm, represented artists such as Stevie Wonder, and served as an advisor to US Senator John Breaux.
Francis with EGOT Award Winning Producer Thomas P. Lane, Filmmaker James Lopez, Washington Nationals General Counsel Betsy Philpot, Holland & Knight Partner Ty Thomas and Attorney Massey Des Townsend spoke on Friday morning’s panel discussion on ‘Diversity in Recreation and Sports’.
Panelists discussed how Hollywood is increasing diversity in its projects, the impact of imposter syndrome as a minority in the entertainment industry, and how Hollywood is turning to inclusivity in response to recent social pressures.
“You shouldn’t be afraid to face tough questions,” Francis said. “You really are the future because you make a difference.”
The “Entertainment and Sports Stars: High-Profile Legal and Business Issues in Context” panel features attorneys Kevin Yorn, Alex Kohner and Mathew Rosengart, along with Vicky Neumeyer, General Counsel of the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans, and Ross Zapin, General Manager of SiriusXM on behalf of celebrity clients. Speakers shared their experiences working with celebrities.
Rosengart, described as “Hollywood’s litigator king” type, Talked about his experience representing Brittany Pierce in regulatory disputes. Rosengart said he viewed Spears’ custody as a civil liberties case and tracked the money for supporting evidence.
Yorn, founding partner of entertainment law firm Yorn levin, about the challenges he faces in his lawsuit against Disney on behalf of Scarlett Johansen. The streaming-based model has cost many artists, Yorn said. He said he has had to work with clients to find creative solutions to the new challenges streaming has brought to their careers.
Zapin, who works with Howard Stern on SiriusXM and hosts live streams with artists like Drake and Taylor Swift, talks about how organizations struggle with COVID-19 Obstacles encountered when engaging with young audiences. With the influx of music streaming platforms, the live music industry has had to adjust, Zapin said.
“I think it’s getting thinner,” Zapin said. “For social media, people may be spending too much on Instagram and TikTok.”
Students left Friday’s event with insider advice from sports and entertainment industry leaders — and some got a photo with Banks himself. Seven symposia were held on Friday and four on Saturday dedicated to current students and recent alumni.