An Overview of Recent Developments in Right of Publicity



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June 25, 2024
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About the Program

This program will cover recent trends and developments in the right of publicity, including high-profile news items such as the Scarlett Johansson/OpenAI and the evolving landscape of Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) rights in college sports. Panelists will explore how these and other developments are shaping the right of publicity and what every entertainment practitioner needs to know to navigate this complex area of law.

Douglas L. Johnson, Managing Partner of Johnson & Johnson LLP, has an extensive practice in the right of publicity and will explain the nuances and trends regarding the tort. CMG’s Chairman, Founder & CEO, Mark Roesler, who has represented over 3,000 entertainment, sports, historical, and musical personalities, will cover the right of publicity for deceased personalities. The program is moderated by Neville L. Johnson, Senior Partner of Johnson & Johnson LLP, who has extensive experience in the right of publicity and has tried to verdict two such cases.

Meet the Speakers
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Douglas Johnson


Managing Partner Johnson & Johnson LLP

Douglas L. Johnson is the Managing Partner and co-founder of Johnson & Johnson LLP. He
specializes in entertainment litigation matters concerning profit participation, royalty audits, studio
and label class actions, right of publicity violations, defamation, invasions of privacy, sexual
harassment, and general business disputes.

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Mark Roesler


CEO & Chairman CMG Worldwide

A Phi Beta Kappa alumnus of UC Berkeley, Mr. Johnson received his law degree from Southwestern Law School in 1975, graduating near the top of his class. He started his career working for Yoko Ono on matters related to the Beatles’ catalog and quickly made a name for himself as (per The Los Angeles Times) “one of the most feared litigators in Hollywood” who “wrangled more than $350 million for actors, writers and other clients he contends were shortchanged their fair share of royalties and profits.” Now designated a “Legal Legend” by The Hollywood Reporter and a Top 100 attorney by Super Lawyers, Mr. Johnson continues to oversee all matters at Johnson & Johnson in service of his career-long mission to protect and champion artists in the entertainment industry.

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Neville L. Johnson


Senior Partner Johnson & Johnson LLP

Neville L. Johnson is Senior Partner at Johnson & Johnson. Neville L. Johnson graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, Berkeley (1971). He received his law degree from Southwestern Law School (1975), graduating near the top of his class. He has tried over 28 civil jury trials and over 70 civil trials and arbitrations without a jury. He is a member of the invitation-only American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and is on the Board of Governors of the Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles (CAALA since 2005), the Board of Directors of the national organization Public Justice, and on the Board of Governors of the Beverly Hills Bar Association 2013-2015 and 2020-2022 (BHBA). Johnson is a long-time member of the invitation-only Los Angeles Copyright Society, and on the Board of The California Society of Entertainment Lawyers.

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