Top Emmis Brass Plan To Learn In Fort Lauderdale


FORT LAUDERDALE — In decades past, a trip to Broward County, Fla., in early March meant sun and fun, and live bands on the sand.

For media executives in 2018, it’s all business, as two Emmis Communications executives have been selected to lead a discussion of the top legal and workplace issues currently facing broadcast TV and radio companies.

The event is not from MTV but, rather, MFM — the Media Financial Management Association. It’s the organizations 2018 CFO Summit, and it will be held March 8-9, at the Fort Lauderdale Beach Hilton on A1A and the Atlantic Ocean.

Representing Emmis is VP/Corporate Counsel Elizabeth M. Ellis and VP/Human Resources Traci Thomson, and they will appear at 3:40pm on Thursday, March 8, the opening day of the CFO Summit, for an hour-long session.

Ellis and Thomson will review guidelines along with recommended processes and procedures for addressing copyright infringement, FTC endorsement requirements, and workplace violence and safety, among other pressing matters.

Their discussion will also highlight common legal missteps by media properties and suggest best practices to avoid those risks.

“In addition to FCC regulations, broadcasters and other media enterprises must comply with regulations under the purview of the FTC, the Copyright Office and other regulatory bodies as well as the SEC, EEOC and other agencies that regulate general business practices,” said Mary M. Collins, President/CEO of MFM and its BCCA subsidiary, which serves as the media industry’s credit association. “With the legal and HR experience of Elizabeth and Traci, our CFO Summit attendees will not only leave with industry-specific guidance to avoid the steep fines that can accompany regulatory violations, they will also benefit from real world examples of ways to create and maintain the best possible reputation among consumers, advertisers and other stakeholders.”


Ellis joined Emmis as a lawyer in 2015; she had previously worked in the company’s legal department for more than five years prior to attending law school.

Thomson joined Emmis in 2004 and served as Compensation & Benefits Manager and Director of Employee Services before being promoted to her current role. She started her career at First Indiana Bank.

Now in its 12th year, MFM’s annual CFO Summit provides an exclusive forum for a no-holds-barred dialogue focused on the most important issues facing CFOs and media executives who deal directly with financial management processes.

The 2018 event will feature the latest intelligence and facilitated discussions on cyber-security, economic and media consumption trends, workplace issues, digital media rights requirements, connected cars, the IoT, and managing big data, among other pressing matters.

MFM is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. Eligible attendees can obtain an up to 9.5 CPE Credits over the two-day summit.

Editor’s Note: The Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort is not to be confused with the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina hotel, often used by cruise ship travelers. The address is 505 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304, and is a short Uber/Lyft or taxi ride from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.