Entertainment, Media, & Intellectual Property Law Program

Nigel_Lythgoe_speakerThe Entertainment, Media, and Intellectual Property Law Program has established two parallel series of compelling guest speakers who enrich both the practical and academic content of the concentration and the general study of entertainment law. The Lunchtime Speaker Series (presented in association with the Entertainment Law Association) brings a wide variety of industry professionals (including executives, agents, journalists, lawyers and others) to the law school for informal discussions of their areas of expertise, their views of the present and future of their sector of the business, and how they got to their present position. This series is open to all law students, and invitations are also extended selectively to graduate students at the Anderson School of Business and at the School of Theater, Film and Television.

The Entertainment Roundtables present distinguished alumni of the law school who share their career path and introduce current and topical matters of interest which they are handling. The setting is a more intimate, private luncheon limited to 20 law students, who have the opportunity to participate in a relaxed question-and-answer period of about an hour. Both series have proven to be overwhelming successes, with enthusiastic attendance at every session.

Matthew Belloni, Executive Editor, Hollywood Reporter
Patrick Sweeney, Videogame Attorney, Reed Smith
Fred Goldstein, General Counsel, LACMA
Kal Raustiala, Professor of Law,‚Äč Associate Vice Provost, UCLA School of Law; Director, UCLA Ronald W. Burkle Center for International Relations
Robert Rotstein, Litigation Partner, Mitchell, Silberberg
Christopher Spicer, Financial Lawyer, Akin Gump
Harvey Levin, Founder, TMZ
Leslie Klinger, Entertainment Tax Lawyer
Michelle Jubelirer, Counsel, Capitol Records


Steven Thomas, Partner, Irell & Manella LLP
Alexandra Darraby, Adjunct Professor, Pepperdine University School of Law
Robin Sax, Principal, Law Offices of Robin Sax
Lon Sobel, Editor, Entertainment Law Reporter; Former Professor, Southwestern School of Law
Greg Laemmle, President, Laemmle Theaters
Marty Krofft, Producer and Principal, Krofft Entertainment, Inc.
Dan Wolf, Principal, Lone Wolf Writing Company
Nina L. Shaw, Partner, Del, Shaw, Moonves, Tanaka, Finkelstein & Lezcano
Lawrence Ullman, Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
Lev Ginsburg, Partner, Ginsburg Daniels LLP

Michael Plonsker, Partner, Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P.
Robert Lantos, Founder and Principal of Serendipity Point Films
Scott Edelman, Partner, Gibson Dunn
Jaunique Sealey, Executive Vice President, Atom Digital
Domenique Shelton, Partner, Wildman Harrold
Fredric Bernstein, Managing Partner (Los Angeles), Wildman Harrold
Devin McRae, Partner, Early Wright Gizer Sullivan & McRae LLP


Lou Petrich, Partner, Leopold, Petrich & Smith
John Malcolm, former Executive Vice President and Director of Worldwide Anti-Piracy Operations, MPAA
Larry Mortorff, Independent Producer and entertainment attorney
Bonnie Eskenazi, Partner, Greenberg Glusker
Ian Puente, Director of Business Affairs, Sony Pictures Classics
Lev Ginsburg, Partner, McKuin Frankel Whitehead LLP


Roger Donaldson, Director
Warner Bros. Law Department Series:
Jeremy Williams (Copyright)
Susan Essex (Finance)
David Kaplan (Piracy)
Jackie Hayes (Digital and New Media)
Marco Cordova, Entertainment Partners
Margery Simkin, Casting Director
Donald Etra, Criminal Counsel
Ken Freundlich, Freundlich Law Firm


Nigel Lythgoe, Producer, American Idol
David R. Ginsburg, re the WGA Strike
Brian Walton, Former Executive Director, WGA
George Perkins, Producer, Desperate Housewives
Paul Hoffman, Hoffman, Sabban & Watenmaker
Shelley Presser, Warner Bros.
Mike Sherman, Reed Smith LLP


Andrew Wallenstein, TV Editor, Variety
Bruce Vinokur, CAA
Jeff Wachtel, USA Network
Bonnie Bogin, 20th Century-Fox Litigation
Joseph Taylor, Liner, Yankelevitz et al. and Danielle Forbes, WGA
Robert Greenwald, Brave New Films
Robert Rotstein, McDermott, Will & Emery
Gary Stiffelman, Ziffren Brittenham LLP
Michael Adler, Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler & Feldman, Inc.


George Hedges, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges, LLP
Glenn Whitehead, Senior Vice President, HBO
Todd Leavitt., Former CEO, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
Eric Weissmann, Weissmann, Wolff
Peter Sussman, Aver Partners; Former CEO, Alliance Atlantis Entertainment Group
John Schulman, Executive Vice-President and General Counsel, Warner Bros. Entertainment
Don Steele, Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush & Kaller, LLP
Bruce Davis, Executive Director, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 

Michael Eisner

Michael D. Eisner, Former Chair, The Walt Disney Company, The 2007 Regents Lecture