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5th Annual Media, Advertising & Entertainment Legal Summit 2016

20 Oct 2016


All Day Event


Le Meridien New Delhi , Delhi, New Delhi, 110001

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Are you ready to be a part of the country’s much awaited legal and regulatory summits for The Indian Media & Advertising Sector? Debates, discussions, heated conversations, arguments and somewhere down the lane are scores of deliberations over the various cross junctions that the industry is at. Over 20 hand-picked industry veterans as speakers and about a 100 who can make it to be our mighty audience for The Lex Witness 5th Annual Media, Advertising & Entertainment Legal Summit 2016 scheduled for 20th October 2016 at Le Meridien, New Delhi.

First, Let Us Clap a Bit.

The Indian M&E sector is expected to grow at a CAGR of 13.9 per cent year-on-year

It is about to reach Rs 196,400 crore (US$ 29.11 billion) by 2019

India’s Digital Advertising market has grown at 33 per cent annually between 2010 and 2015

The total advertising spend increased to 13 per cent or nearly US$ 1 billion in 2015

In 2015, the overall M&E industry grew 11.7 per cent over 2014

And there are many such victory sagas that the country can celebrate for. But have you ever wondered, what is the story behind the scenes when the sectors right from Broadcasters to Live Events struggle through the dilemma of legal and regulatory affairs?

Time to Talk Serious Business

5 Power Packed Panel Discussions

7 Hours of High Voltage Intellect

TAKE 1 –

Make in India. Startup India. And now the Creative India – Innovate India rhymes are all in the air. Is it really all about India? The recently empowered IPR Policy has raised several questions as to what and how it will fair out to be in favour of the nation. With Startup India, Make in India continue as fevers when it comes to a Creative India – Innovative India? The industry mesmerizes over the 2 pronged thought environs that the policy has created. This adds up to the sector’s overall IPR scenario where of course the copyright wars continue with struggle for the much needed regulatory and infrastructural revamps. A dedicated session on Intellectual Property Rights to see if the gold rush is in real or is it just wooden talks.

TAKE 2 –

The Indian M&E Industry has always been well known to be creating debates and deliberations as and when there have been instances of such sorts. No doubt there will always been a sigh of debate between the 2 sides of the M&E coin when it comes to Regulations. However, while the sector is transitioning in terms of finding out means and ways that can create a balance within business interests and regulatory affairs, it is also imperative to understand the importance of ‘being regulated’. The session focuses on the maverick rides and the industry appetite towards recent regulatory updates. Experts come together to discuss the overall Regulatory Ambience of the Sector and see what all has it gained in the last year and what all is yet to be lost.

TAKE 3 –

The Indian M&E Industry has several swings in action that are rolling out content in newer formats. However smart and innovative these formats maybe, there seems to be biased or rather an open ended space in which these formats are wild hunting. While on one hand audiences are cheering up to the new era of media coming in, one might need to ponder over the impact on the traditional media and technology sets. The session deliberates upon the legal and regulatory myths that revolve around the new age media formats coming in and the imperative role of technology game changers that big tickets like Cloud Computing bring into the sector. The session focusses on the roaring New Age Media & Technology that has taken the sector to a different pedestal altogether.

TAKE 4 –

It all boils down to finance and moneys. While the Indian M&E sector is poised towards sky scraping turnovers and bottom lines, it is important to see that the financing and taxation related matters are well deliberated upon and keep changing as per the evolution needs of the industry. The industry has liberalized from self-financing in case of films to FDIs and other smart funding options – and this is exactly what has to continue in terms of other related strides like taxation etc. The session gives us an overall finsight on the sector. Amidst all the legal and regulatory fevers, finance takes its own place and has a monstrous wave behind. The panel will deliberate upon the various perspectives and paradigm shifts that Finance & Taxation can impact the sector with.

TAKE 5 –

It is high time that the pirates of the world get a lesson. While one on hand there seems to be a dedicated effort and consciousness towards curbing and beating piracy to death but we are yet to see a world where creativity and innovation have beaten the piracy traps to death. India has to go through a sea of changes and shift its gears towards a more robust and enforcement driven approach when it comes to privacy. The session focusses on all the para spheres of piracy right from probable strategies to curb it and some good steps that have already been taken. Where there are friends, there are foes even more in number. The session ponders over what’s new in tackling the Piracy Environment in terms of alternate strategies and enforcement as well.

SPEAK @ MAELS 2016, 20th October, New Delhi

While we are receiving quite a few speaker requests, watch this space to see the updated list of speakers as and when we progress towards the summit.

Alternatively, if you have any recommendations in place or would like to explore speaking opportunities, please get in touch with Neelima Maheshwari write at [email protected]

Dr. Hasmukh Adhia, Secretary (Revenue), MIF

Dr. Lalit Bhasin, President, Society of Indian Law Firms

Dr. S Chopra, India Lead – IPR Policy, RIPL IPR Policy & Communications, Ericsson India

A. Mohan, President – Legal & Regulatory Affairs, Zee Network

Aditi Jha, General Counsel India, Linkedin

Ajay Mankotia, President – Corporate Planning & Operation, NDTV

Ameet Datta, Partner, Saikrishna & Associates

Amit Grover, Associate Director – Legal Affairs, Discovery Communications India

Amit Rai, Director Legal, Bennett Coleman and Co. Ltd.

Ashish Chandra, General Counsel,

Ayan Roy Chowdhury, Head Legal, Sony Pictures Entertainment

Bharatvir Singh, Partner, Saikrishna & Associates

Gautam Vohra, General Counsel, Hike

Harit Nagpal, CEO, Tata Sky

Hetal Desai, General Counsel, Group M

Himavat Chaudhary, Chief Legal and Regulatory Affairs Officer, Tata Sky

Indranil Choudhury, CEO, Lexplosion Solutions

Jawhar Sircar, CEO, Prasar Bharati

Kshipra Jatana, Group General Counsel, TV18 Broadcast Ltd

Kulmeet Makkar, CEO, Film & Television Producers Guild of India

Lavin Hirani, Head-Legal Affairs, Red Chillies Entertainments

Maneesha Dhir, Founding & Managing Partner, Dhir & Dhir Associates

Partho Dasgupta, CEO, BARC

Rajat Nigam, Group Chief Technology Officer, Network18 Media & Investments

Rajeev Aggarwal, Joint Secretary, DIPP

Ritu Dhawan, Managing Director and CEO, India TV

Saikrishna Rajagopal, Managing Partner, Saikrishna & Associates

Maneesha Dhir, Founding & Managing Partner, Dhir & Dhir Associates

Partho Dasgupta, CEO, BARC

Rajat Nigam, Group Chief Technology Officer, Network18 Media & Investments

Rajeev Aggarwal, Joint Secretary, DIPP

Ritu Dhawan, Managing Director and CEO, India TV

Saikrishna Rajagopal, Managing Partner, Saikrishna & Associates

Salman Waris, Partner – TMT & IP Practice, TechLegis

Seema Rajwanshi, AVP & Sr. Counsel – Business & Legal Affairs, National Geographic

Shashi Sinha, CEO, IPG Mediabrands

Sisir Pillai, Chief Operating Officer, Lukup Media

Soumen Ray, Chief Financial Officer, Viacom18 Media

Sudhir Gupta, Secretary, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India

Sujeet Jain, Group General Counsel & Company Secretary, Viacom18 Media

Thirumalesh Gangappa, India Counsel, Google India

Thomas George, Vice President – Legal, Viacom18 Media

Uday Singh, Managing Director, Motion Picture Association (India)

Vinit C Sharma, Sr. Director & Head Legal, IndiaCast Distribution

Vynsley Fernandes, Director, Castle Media


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