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Northwestern School of Communication

Generative AI+Entertainment

This one-day collaborative conference explores AI's place, potential, and limitations in the creative industries by tapping the faculty expertise of two powerhouse Northwestern schools as well as leading alumni in the entertainment field. The conference is a partnership between the School of Communication and the Pritzker School of Law. 


Generative AI+Entertainment: Opportunity, Ethics, and Law

Thursday, February 1, 2024

IMAX Playa Vista

12582 Millennium Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90094

Event is free; seating is limited and breakfast and lunch will be provided. Reception to follow.

Event Details

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Moya Bailey: associate profesor of communication studies, School of Communication

Ivy Bierman: chair of entertainment labor, Loeb & Loeb, LLC

Stephanie Burns (C91): senior vice president and general counsel, Sony Interactive Entertainment

Che Chang: general counsel, OpenAI

Aymar Jean Christian: associate professor of communication studies, School of Communication

Noshir ContractorJane S. & William J. White Professor of Behavioral Sciences in the McCormick School of Engineering, the School of Communication and the Kellogg School of Management

Leslie DeChurch: professor and chair of communication studies, School of Communication

Nick Diakopoulos: professor of communication studies, School of Communication

Laura Pedraza-Fariña: professor of law, Pritzker School of Law

Paul Gowder: professor, associate dean of research and intellectual life, Pritzker School of Law

Claire Hart: general counsel and head of legal and business affairs, Genies

E. Patrick Johnson: dean, Annenberg University Professor, School of Communication

Matthew Kugler: professor, Pritzker School of Law

Sarah B. Lawsky: Stanford Clinton Sr. and Zylpha Kilbride Clinton Research Professor of Law and vice dean, Pritzker School of Law

Tim Lee: principal and co-founder of Olive Hill Media

Duri Long: assistant professor of communication studies, School of Communication

Rick Morris: professor of instruction and associate dean of finance and administration, School of Communication

Hari M. Osofsky: dean, Myra and James Bradwell Professor of Law, Pritzker School of Law

Daniel B. Rodriguez: Harold Washington Professor of Law, Pritzker School of Law

Emerson Tiller: J. Landis Martin Professor of Law and Business and director of west coast initiatives, Pritzker School of Law




8:30 am-9:15 am: Breakfast

9:15 am-9:30 am: Welcome by Deans E. Patrick Johnson (School of Communication) and Hari M. Osofsky (Pritzker School of Law) 

9:30 am – 10:30 am: (Panel 1) How Generative AI is Changing the Conversation in Entertainment, Technology, and Law (Academic Panel)

  • Nick Diakopoulos + Aymar Jean Christian, School of Communication
  • Paul Gowder, Sarah B. Lawsky, + Daniel Rodriguez, Prizker School of Law
  • Moderator: Emerson Tiller, Pritzker School of Law

10:30 am-10:45 am: Break

10:45 am-11:45 am: (Panel 2) Generative AI and Creative Output: How do Creators interact with AI? Who owns creative products co-created with AI? 

  • Noshir Contractor + Duri Long, School of Communication
  • Matthew Kugler + Tim Lee + Claire Hart, Pritzker School of Law
  • Moderator: Laura Pedraza-Fariña, Prizker School of Law

11:45 am-1:00 pm: Lunch

1:00 pm-2:00 pm: (Panel 3) Guilds and AI: Employment and Remuneration 

  • Leslie DeChurch + Moya Bailey, School of Communication
  • Ivy Bierman, Pritzker School of Law
  • Moderator: Rick Morris, School of Communication

2:00 pm-2:15 pm: Break

2:15 pm-3:30 pm: Industry Spotlight 

  • Dean E. Patrick Johnson, School of Communication + Dean Hari Osofsky, Pritzker School of Law
  • Che Chang, General Counsel Open AI + Stephanie Burns, General Counsel Sony Interactive

3:30 pm -3:45 pm: Break

3:45 pm-4:15 pm: Reflections on the Future of the Media (TBD)

4:15 pm-4:30 pm: Closing Remarks

4:30 pm-5:30 pm: Reception