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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. 

Please note that attendance to this event is by invitation only and seating is now at capacity.


Generative AI+Entertainment: Opportunity, Ethics, and Law

Thursday, February 1, 2024

IMAX Playa Vista

12582 Millennium Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90094

Event is free; 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

Bill Chang: VP of compliance, Riot Games

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, UCLA School of Law

Lauren Fried: partner, Loeb & Loeb

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

Sonal Jain: VP and associate general counsel, Penske Media Corporation

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

Jessica Johnson: national director, SAG-AFTRA Entertainment Contracts

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

Ozge Samanci: associate professor of radio/television/film, School of Communication

Birju Shah: Clinical assistant professor of marketing, Kellogg School of Management

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 + Daniel Rodriguez, Pritzker School of Law
  • Birju Shah, Kellogg School of Management
  • 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
  • Tim Lee, Olive Hill Media + Claire Hart, Genies
  • Moderator: Laura Pedraza-Fariña, Pritzker 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, Loeb & Loeb
  • Jessica Johnson, SAG-AFTRA
  • Moderator: Rick Morris, School of Communication

2:00 pm-2:15 pm: Break

2:15 pm-3:15 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

3:15 pm-3:30 pm: Break

3:30 pm-4:10 pm: Reflections on the Future of the Media 

  • Bill Chang, Riot Games + Sonal Jain, Penske Media Corporation + Ozge Samanci, School of Communication
  • Moderator: Lauren Fried, Loeb & Loeb

4:10 pm-4:15 pm: Closing Remarks

4:15 pm-6:00 pm: Reception