Guildhall, Dedman Law host summit for video game industry

Games-Business-Law Summit logoVideo game industry leaders will share insights on evolving legal and business issues during the 2010 Games::Business::Law Summit, set for Jan. 27-28 in the Hillcrest Room of SMU’s Underwood Law Library.

Hosted by SMU’s Dedman School of Law, The Guildhall at SMU and The Center for American and International Law, Game::Business::Law will bring top game industry leaders, developers, publishers, lawyers, and members of the venture capital and financial industry from around the world to discuss current business trends and legal issues in the games industry.

Jay Cohen, president of development with Jerry Bruckheimer Games, will serve as the keynote speaker. SMU Law Dean John B. Attanasio and Guildhall Executive Director Peter Raad will provide opening remarks.

Conference officials have confirmed Gregory Short, executive chairman of Electronic Entertainment Design and Research, and Delores M. Etter, director of SMU’s Caruth Institute for Engineering Education, as featured speakers. Short’s talk, “Innovations in the Due Diligence Process for Funding and Greenlighting Games,” will be presented at lunch on Jan. 27. Etter will speak on “Innovation Using the Skunk Works Philosophy” at the Founders Dinner that evening, using three studies SMU students have recently conducted for the U.S. Marine Corps and Lockheed Martin.

Other scheduled speakers include:

  • Zack Karlsson, NAMCO BANDAI Games America, Inc.
  • Chris Charla, Foundation 9 Entertainment
  • Bob Loya, Activision Blizzard
  • Joe Minton, Digital Development Management
  • Roxanne Christ, Latham & Watkins, LLP
  • Keith Boesky, Boesky & Company
  • Stephanie O’Malley Deming, XLOC
  • Alex Marquez, Intel Capital
  • Andrew S. Ehmke, Haynes and Boone
  • Jennifer Archie, Latham & Watkins, LLP
  • Jason Kee, Entertainment Software Association
  • Shane McGee, Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal, LLP
  • PJ Putnam, Gearbox Software

Mark Methenitis of The Vernon Law Group will facilitate a round-table discussion on the financial and legal crossroads of digital delivery with guest speakers Robin Bynoe, Charles Russell, LLP; Sean F. Kane, Kane & Associates LLC and Jeffrey A. Levenstam, Ernst & Young.

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