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278.75 sec. 001 - Entertainment Law in the TV Industry (Fall 2023)

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
Location: Law 100
From September 15, 2023
To September 22, 2023

F 3:15 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Law 100
From September 15, 2023
To September 22, 2023

Sa 09:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Location: Law 100
From September 16, 2023
To September 23, 2023

Course Start: September 15, 2023
Course End: September 23, 2023
Class Number: 31965

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 63
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 81
As of: 02/07 02:03 PM

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", "Interview with The Vampire") in Los Angeles, California. He is also the former head of business affairs at USA, SYFY and Peacock part of NBC Universal. 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.

We also have special academic rules for these condensed courses:
-Students must attend each course session and cannot attend any course session remotely (even for illness or emergency situations).
-The Registrar’s Office will drop a student who does not attend each course session.

Due to the condensed nature of this course, in-person attendance at all course sessions is mandatory. Absences cannot be excused for any reason, including illness or emergencies. The Registrar’s Office will drop any student who misses a session.

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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Required Books are in blue

  • The Business of Television
    Ken Basin
    Edition: 2018
    Publisher: Focal Press
    ISBN: 9780815368663
    e-Book Available: unknown
    Price: $35.00
    Note: prices are sampled from internet bookstores. Law-school Bookstore prices are unavailable at this time.

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