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December 20, 2011
In This Issue
Community Affairs: New National Board Officers
Newly Empaneled Board Elects Leadership
The Business Of Production
Patent Infringement: An Overview
Production Update
Filming on LA County Beaches & Harbors
Laboring
Notification of Employee Rights
The AMP Playlist
Radio Haters Lose Signal
Member Services
Life in the Fast Lane: Global Entry Program Promotion
A Holiday Advisory
Happenings
January 2, 2012 - AICP Show & Next Awards Call For Entries Open
January 10, 2012 - AICP/East Board Meeting
January 18, 2012 - AICP/West Board Meeting
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Community Affairs: New National Board Officers
Newly Empaneled Board Elects Leadership
The AICP National Board of Directors held its year end meeting earlier this month, where new officers for 2012 were elected.  Robert Fernandez of Moxie Pictures was elected Chairman; Jerry Solomon of Epoch Films was voted in as Vice Chairman, and Mark Androw of STORY will serve as Treasurer.  Rich Carter of Gartner serves as Immediate Past Chairman.

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The Business Of Production
Patent Infringement: An Overview
By Scott Taylor
The AICP Conference in New York highlighted how patent infringement claims have recently found their way into advertising and how clients and their agencies are trying to navigate these new waters. As a result of this new reality advertiser’s are changing their contracts and making the advertising agency contractually responsible and advertising agencies are making the production companies responsible for these types of claims. Furthermore, language has been inserted into production contracts that require production companies to maintain patent infringement insurance and to defend, indemnify and hold harmless the agency (and its client) should a patent claim be brought.
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Production Update
Filming on LA County Beaches & Harbors
As you may by aware, the county of Los Angeles developed a direct relationship with the Ford Motor Company. Per this agreement, the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors interpreted this arrangement to mean that Ford cars and trucks were to be exclusively utilized by beach lifeguards and for "other Department needs."  Recently, one such interpretation of this agreement was taken a step too far when a company applying to shoot a non-Ford auto commercial at a local beach was denied a permit.

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Laboring
Notification of Employee Rights
AICP’s Legal Counsel, Kane Kessler and its Labor and Employment Law Department, wish to make you aware of the National Labor Relations Board Required Posting Notification of Employee Rights. All private sector employers who are covered by the National Labor Relations Act (i.e. businesses who do $500,000 annual gross businesses; Non-retail employers who have $50,000 goods or services shipped to or received from out-of-state employers either directly or indirectly), will be required by a newly adopted National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) rule to post a notice  in conspicuous places where other similar notices are posted.  The new NLRB rule requires that notices be posted on internet or intranet websites if personnel rules are normally posted in that manner. Notices are not to be disseminated by email, text messages or voicemail.

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The AMP Playlist
Radio Haters Lose Signal
By Lyle Greenfield

I listen to top-40 radio quite a lot.  I don’t listen to a “special playlist”, assembled from the recommendations and “likes” of my deeply learned musician and musicologist friends.  Except on rare occasions I don’t type  “Steely Dan Radio” into Pandora.  Maybe for a dinner party—that and a little bossa nova.  But basically, I listen to the radio.  I like to hear what’s climbing the charts, what’s hot, what’s killing right now.

Maybe you do too.  Low five!  But a shocking number of my friends and colleagues in this business never listen to pop radio.  Barely have a clue what’s on the charts.  These are sophisticated people, mind you, with personal playlists consisting of thousands of songs.  They know what they like, whether it’s progressive rock, new metal, old school rap, a handful of indie bands.  They just hate pop music.

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Member Services
Life in the Fast Lane: Global Entry Program Promotion

In the last issue of “Spotted,” we outlined the Global Entry Program, and the opportunity for AICP members to take part in pre-arranged interviews at a convenient location. We are re-issuing the piece to give another opportunity to our members to sign up for these onsite interviews. The original piece appears below. 

Have you every arrived at the Immigration Hall of a major airport just to realize that you aren't as close to home as you thought you were? You walk that country mile from your arrival gate and turn the corner— just to see a massive zig-zag line to get your passport stamped.  Then, insult to injury, you see some guy with his roll-a-board zip down a lane, pop his passport into an ATM-like kiosk, push a few buttons, and off he goes!  You say to yourself: Who is this guy? And more importantly, how did he do that?

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A Holiday Advisory

The AICP offices will be closed the week of December 26th, reopening on January 2, 2012. The AICP staff will be periodically checking voicemail and email - staff contacts may be found by clicking here.
Have a safe and enjoyable Holiday!
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