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278.75 sec. 001 - Entertainment Law in the TV Industry (Fall 2022)

Instructor: Rafael Gomez  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Units: 1
Grading Designation: Credit Only
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


F 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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From October 07, 2022
To October 14, 2022

F 3:10 PM - 6:10 PM
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From October 07, 2022
To October 14, 2022

Sa 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
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From October 08, 2022
To October 15, 2022

Course Start: October 07, 2022
Course End: October 15, 2022
Class Number: 31869

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 66
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 68
As of: 02/17 06:39 AM

Taught by a practicing Los Angeles entertainment attorney, this course will introduce students to the day-to-day practice of entertainment law in the television industry. Through a combination of lectures and in-class discussions, students will explore (i) the legal basis and structure of key television agreements (e.g., writer, producer, director and actor deals), (ii) best practices for successfully negotiating these entertainment agreements, and (iii) other key legal issues that arise in connection with the development, production, and distribution of both scripted and unscripted TV content. By the end of this course, students should be able to identify, analyze, and propose solutions to the most common issues that arise in the day-to-day practice of entertainment law in TV.

INSTRUCTOR: Rafael Gómez-Cabrera serves as Executive Vice President and Head of Business Affairs, at AMC Networks ("Mad Men", "The Walking Dead", "Breaking Bad") in Los Angeles, California. He is also the former head of business affairs at USA, SYFY and Peacock. His practice over the last decade has focused on the entertainment industry and involves negotiating writer, actor, director, and other entertainment agreements with Hollywood agents and attorneys. Prior to entering the entertainment field, Rafael was an attorney in the mergers & acquisitions department at Baker & McKenzie’s Chicago office and a management consultant at McKinsey & Company’s Chicago & Miami offices. Mr. Gómez-Cabrera holds a J.D. from Harvard University.

Attendance at the first class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend or have prior permission of the instructor in order not to be dropped.

Requirements Satisfaction:

Units from this class count towards the J.D. Experiential Requirement.

Exam Notes: (TH) Take-home examination
Exam Length: 3 hours
Course Category: Intellectual Property and Technology Law

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  • The Business of Television
    Ken Basin
    Edition: 2018
    Publisher: Focal Press
    ISBN: 9780815368663
    e-Book Available: Yes
    e-Book procurement note:
    Price: $35.00
    Price Source: user provided

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