Sunday, January 27, 2013
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: UC Hastings to Host Inaugural Fashion Law Panel Moderated by Fashion Lawyer Uduak Oduok #Fashionlaw
(SAN JOSE, Jan. 9th, 2013) – On Thursday January 17th, 2013, The University of California Hastings College of the Law will host the f
irst ever Fashion Law Panel in Northern California. The free event, which also plans to provide MCLE credit for attorneys attending, will be held at 200 Mc Allister Street, Hastings campus, from 6:00-7:15pm, with a reception to follow right after.
The event, co-produced and organized by Ebitu Law Group, P.C. (ELG), will be moderated by the firm’s Partner and Hastings alumni Uduak Oduok.
“I am delighted to return to Hastings after twelve years of graduating from the school to introduce the emerging field of fashion law to students, faculty and fellow colleagues,” said Oduok whose twenty years experience in the fashion industry encompasses fashion modeling, media, publishing, fashion production, branding, public relations and law.
“Hastings which is one of the top law schools in the country is uniquely positioned to push the emerging field of fashion law in Northern California. The school is located in San Francisco where Levi’s and The Gap, two global apparel brands, are headquartered.”
Indeed Oduok is right. Hastings boasts the #1 Moot court program in the country, the school has produced more judges than any other law school in California and as of this January 2013, The National Jurist ranked UC Hastings Chancellor & Dean Frank H. Wu as the most influential dean in legal education, #3 in the nation among legal educators and advocates influencing the ongoing debate about legal education.
Joining Oduok at the Hastings Fashion Law Panel are Mariessa Terrell, an attorney at SBC Law Group and former trademark attorney for the US Patent and Trademark Office, and Staci Riordan, a Partner and Chair for the Fashion Law Practice Group at Fox Rothschild, LLP.
“I am proud to be a part of the growth of the Fashion Law Movement and honored to be a part of this historic panel at UC Hastings College of the Law,” said Riordan. Riordan, who is also a former apparel industry executive, professor and descendant of a long line of garment makers, prepares to teach the first fashion law course at the newly formed fashion law program at Loyola Marrymount School of Law this January, a first in California.
Also joining the panel is San Francisco’s leading fashion designer Brian Scheyer of gr.dano. “It’s both exciting and promising that the Bay Area’s fashion community has grown to the level that it now warrants a discussion on Fashion Law,” said Scheyer who will provide the much needed perspective and insight on the fashion industry for attorneys and law students looking to work with fashion designers in the future.
For more information, visit www.ebitulawgrp.com.
About Ebitu Law Group, P.C.
Founded in 2012, Ebitu Law Group (ELG), a Professional Corporation, is an experienced firm committed to the pursuit of legal excellence and client service. The firm remains uncompromising in delivering quality, compassionate and affordable solutions to its clients’ legal problems. The firm offers legal services in several practice areas including Fashion and Entertainment Law, Business Law and Litigation.
Ebitu Law Group, P.C.
Uduak Oduok, Esq.
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Monday, October 15, 2012
Contact: Ladybrille Magazine
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sacramento, CA (October 15th, 2012) – Beverly Johnson, The First African-American Supermodel, is Ladybrille Magazine Woman of the Month for October 2012.
The Ladybrille ‘Woman of the Month’ is a monthly feature on Ladybrille magazine which celebrates women, locally and internationally, for their brilliant contributions to their communities and society at large.
Beverly Johnson’s stunning features and superstardom landed her on the cover of Vogue magazine in 1974, making world history as the first black model to ever grace the acclaimed magazine’s cover, and forever changing the beauty ideal in the fashion world.
Beverly’s remarkable career, which spans three decades, is a showcase of accomplishment: from model to mom to actress, author, activist, businesswoman, TV personality, and—finally—icon.
As a model in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s, Beverly appeared on more than 500 magazine covers from Glamour and Cosmopolitan to Essence, Ebony and French Elle. She has thousands of editorial pages, and hundreds of advertising campaigns to her credit. Her success during the 70s and 80s transcended race as Beverly became a household name. She signed with the Ford Modeling agency and was one of the highest paid models in the industry in a very short period of time. Her work wasn’t limited to print; Beverly also worked the runway for such designers as Yves St. Laurent, Valentino, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren and Halston.
In the 1970s, Beverly embarked on an acting career appearing in such feature films as Ashanti, Deadly Hero and The Baron. She continued her acting career throughout the 1990s and more recently, appearing in movies, including Meteor Man, National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon, 54, How to Be a Player and Crossroads. She also added TV to her portfolio, playing guest roles on popular shows as Martin, Law and Order, 3rd Rock from the Sun and Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns. For two seasons Beverly appeared as a judge on the reality show She’s Got the Look, which launched in the spring of 2008.
In the 1990s, Beverly appeared in Revlon’s “The Most Unforgettable Women in the World” legendary campaign. She also penned two books, Beverly Johnson's Guide to a Life of Health and Beauty and True Beauty: Secrets of Radiant Beauty for Women of Every Age and Color.
Throughout her career, Beverly has been active in charity work and speaking out about health issues. In the 1980s Beverly worked as an AIDS activist and continues to this day to support health issues affecting gay men. During the Clinton era, Beverly was appointed the Ambassador of Goodwill to the Fashion Industry to help with the elimination of sweatshops. In 2008 she became the national spokesperson for Ask4Tell4, a campaign that seeks to educate women about the options available to treat uterine fibroids, a painful condition that affected Beverly’s life for more than 10 years. In the fall of 2008, Beverly appeared on NBC’s Today Show to discuss the protocol for the Ask4Tell4 campaign.
A media mainstay, Beverly is often called upon to speak about beauty, fashion, style, hair, fitness and health. She has interviewed with many news outlets and TV shows, including OPRAH, Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz, Good Morning America and The View.
Beverly paved the way for future African-American women in the fashion industry and set the standard for models venturing outside the industry. She would eventually become the first “modelpreneur” with the launch of the Beverly Johnson Hair Collection. She unveiled a new e-commerce site—BeverlyJohnson.com—featuring a luxurious line of haircare, bath & body and skincare products in late 2011. In February 2012, Beverly introduced the Model Logic haircare line and Beverly Johnson Drawstring Ponytails at select TARGET stores nationwide. In the summer of 2012 she brought The Beverly Johnson Luxurious Lifestyle Brand to Frederick’s of Hollywood, featuring hair, bath & body and skincare product lines—Model Logic, Beautiful Body and Flawless Skin.
“We could not think of a personality more fitting to celebrate as our Woman of the Month for October than Supermodel Beverly Johnson,” said Uduak Oduok, Editor-in-Chief for Ladybrille Magazine. “Beverly embodies all that the Ladybrille (brilliant) woman is about: intelligence, beauty inside and out, a genuine care for her community, giving back and so much more. We are truly honored to celebrate her this month.”
"I appreciate the honor, and there is nothing better than being a part of a group of celebrated, intelligent and hardworking women,” said Beverly Johnson on being honored as Ladybrille Woman of the Month.
Beverly Johnson’s interview will be published on Wednesday October 17th, 2012 on the magazine’s website at www.ladybrillemag.com.
About Ladybrille Magazine
Founded in 2007 by fashion model, attorney and journalist Uduak Oduok, Ladybrille® Magazine stands as the authority on African fashion and entertainment for the globally conscious style driven American and European woman. Breaking the mold and trailblazing a path never traveled before, Ladybrille® Magazine is a fusion of WWD, Vogue and ESSENCE with a very distinct African perspective.
The magazine has served as a platform for brilliant exclusive and/in-depth interviews for many brilliant personalities, worldwide.The Magazine’s recognition as a pioneer and relevant authority in its niche market has meant media powerhouse like CNN, consulting giant McKinsey and numerous high profile personalities and individuals have sought and/regularly seek it as the authority on all things “Africhic.”
For more information please visit www.ladybrillemag.com.
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Wednesday, July 18, 2012
As part of the retailer’s sponsorship, the show will feature a custom-built “accessory wall” with a well-edited assortment of Lord & Taylor’s shoes, handbags and accessories, which contestants will use to complete their looks during each challenge. For season ten, Lord & Taylor will host a never-before-done challenge at its Fifth Avenue flagship to air Thursday, August 30th. As part of the grand prize, the retailer will offer the winner of Project Runway the opportunity to sell their collection at the store.
Lord & Taylor and Project Runway have collaborated to create a comprehensive integrated marketing program that includes both online and in-store activations. Exclusive content from each episode and interviews will be available on www.lordandtaylor.com and Lord & Taylor's social media platforms. Lord & Taylor will bring the show to life in its iconic Fifth Avenue windows and in store. Additionally, the store will host appearances from past and present Project Runway contestants for Fashion's Night Out this ye
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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC), FilmL.A., the California Film Commission and the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) have joined together to help protect the more than 6,600 business establishments that comprise California’s film, television, and commercial production industry, and the hundreds of thousands of jobs supported by the entertainment industry throughout the state.
According to the LAEDC, the entertainment industry accounts for 176,700 jobs and $30 billion in spending in the Southern California region. However, there are 40 states and numerous countries around the world that are competing aggressively for this business. In response, SCAG, FilmL.A., the California Film Commission and the LAEDC are partnering to support the important job creation and financial contribution of the entertainment industry to our region’s economic recovery and sustained growth.
Following extensive stakeholder outreach, on May 1, 2012 the California Film Commission adopted a revised statewide Model Film Ordinance and Best Practices (MFO/BP). The purpose of a standardized statewide ordinance is to provide the entertainment industry with a uniform set of policies and procedures to secure on-location production. The purpose of asking cities and counties to adopt local filming ordinances based upon the state’s ordinance is to streamline the permitting process and send a clear signal that this is a coveted industry California intends to retain.
On July 5th, SCAG’s Regional Council unanimously moved to encourage its 191 member cities and six counties to adopt a version of the MFO/BPs that fit their particular needs. The motion, urged by SCAG Regional Council President Glen Becerra, and the unanimous vote were clear and explicit expressions of support for one of Southern California’s most important and touchstone industry clusters, entertainment, which directly supports 176,700 jobs with $18.5 billion in total wages in Southern California in 2010, but which has been threatened in part by productions leaving the region for places offering lucrative incentives and film-friendlier environments.
"Given California's persistent high unemployment rate, cities and counties are taking the lead locally to ensure that they retain important revenue generating industries and attract additional business. Southern California is home to 'Hollywood' - it is our heritage, but cannot be taken for granted. By including the MFO/BP in Phase II of our Economic Recovery & Job Creation Strategy we are clearly stating that supporting the entertainment industry is critical to our region's economy and future. In addition, this is only the beginning of government, business and an industry specialist working together to adopt business-friendly principles that secure a prosperous California,” stated SCAG President and City of Simi Valley, Glen Becerra.
According to a 2005 report commissioned by the California Film Commission, 10 "feature films" (budgets greater than $70 million) that leave the state means a loss of $106 million in state revenues, not to mention all the high value jobs and small businesses such as hotels, restaurants, and dry cleaners that may be lost as well.
California Film Commission Executive Director Amy Lemisch said, "The Model Film Ordinance is a valuable tool for helping municipalities become more film-friendly, as well as more adept at dealing with how filming impacts the local community. This region has more experience and know-how than anywhere in the world when it comes to managing film and TV production, and it's simply good policy for local governments to follow established best practices. Widespread adoption of the MFO will help Southern California create jobs and compete more effectively against runaway production."
“Despite being recognized as the entertainment capital of the world, Southern California must take additional steps to retain film and television production. So, I encourage cities throughout Southern California to take SCAG’s unanimous support for film and television production to heart, adopt some version of the Model Film Ordinance and Best Practices that fits their jurisdiction’s needs, and send a clear and loud message that filming is welcome and will always have a home in Southern California,” said LAEDC CEO and President Bill Allen.
Several cities, including the cities of Carson, Simi Valley, and Duarte have already taken steps to revise their ordinances in accordance with the MFO/BPs. In particular, the City Council of Carson voted on June 6, 2012 to revise its film ordinance to reflect the principles contained in the MFO/BPs, including:
- Eliminating the city’s business license requirement for film productions.
- Adjusting the film permit structure to a weekly rate of $650 for the first week and $500 thereafter.
- Reducing the advanced notice requirements from two weeks to five days.
- Requiring law enforcement on an as-needed basis only.
- Reducing the radius required to notify businesses and residents of filming from 500’ to 300’.
- Reducing the radius required to survey businesses and residents of filming for extended hours from 500’ to 300’.
“Carson has been the home of many productions over the years. Film makers told us our policies were getting in the way of getting the job done,” said Barry Waite, Business Development Manager for the City of Carson. “We listened and developed new regulations that meet the community’s needs and the industry’s needs at the same time. With so many great filming locations in town, it would be a shame to have them go unused.”
FilmL.A. President Paul Audley weighed in on the SCAG Regional Council motion:
“One of the constant refrains I hear from filmmakers is the need for predictability and uniformity in the film permit process. SCAG’s adoption of the Model Film Ordinance will help urge local communities and county governments to work within a framework of policies that can create a region that is attractive to the Industry. The much-needed economic benefits from increased film spending and getting more cast and crew back to work will be substantial as a result.”
To read the revised Model Film Ordinance, please visit: laedc.org/strategic/filmfriendliness.html. To view a list of cities within the “30 Mile Zone” and a summary of their policies, please visit: film.ca.gov/30MileZone.htm.
About the LAEDC
The LAEDC, the region’s premier economic development leadership organization, is a private, non-profit organization established in 1981 under section 501(c)(3). Its mission is to attract, retain, and grow business and jobs for the regions of Los Angeles County. Since 1996, the LAEDC has helped retain or attract more than 175,000 jobs while providing $8.5 billion in direct economic impact from salaries and more than $145 million in annual tax revenue benefit to local governments and education in Los Angeles County.
About the California Film Commission
The California Film Commission (CFC) enhances California's status as the leader in motion picture, television and commercial production. A one-stop office for filmmakers, the Commission supports productions of all sizes and budgets. Services include film and TV tax credits, an extensive digital location library, free online permitting, low cost use of state properties as shooting locations, and production assistance. More information is available at film.ca.gov.
About the Southern California Association of Governments
SCAG is the nation’s largest metropolitan planning organization, representing six counties, 191cities and more than 18 million residents. SCAG undertakes a variety of planning and policy initiatives to plan for a livable and sustainable Southern California now and in the future. For more information about SCAG’s regional efforts, please visit scag.ca.gov.
FilmL.A. is a private, 501(c)4 not-for-profit organization established for the public benefit. We coordinate and process permits for on-location motion picture, television and commercial production under contract to an ever-increasing roster of public-sector clients in the Los Angeles region.
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