2009 Lecture 1

2009 Lecture 1 - ENTERTAINMENT LAW University of Southern...

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ENTERTAINMENT LAW University of Southern California Fall 2009 / Lecture 1 Prof. Michael Grizzi
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Welcome This course is an exploration of legal and business issues that often arise in connection with the development, production, and exploitation of entertainment product. Primary focus on motion pictures and television
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Focus on Practical application of entertainment law to issues you would likely encounter in entertainment law practice Advancing your client’s interests through carefully drafted contract provisions Discussion of entertainment law careers
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Course details Final exam (open book): issue spotting, drafting of contract provisions, and discussion of future issues that entertainment lawyers will likely encounter Combination of discussion of readings, problems presented, and occasional guest lecturers
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How to contact me I welcome your questions, comments and suggestions By e-mail: grizzi@usc.edu Office hours, by appointment: during the half hours before and after class, in Room 306B
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Our reading materials EML=Weiler, Paul C.,Entertainment Media and the Law (3 rd ed., 2006). HD = Appleton, Dina and Yankelevits, Daniel. Hollywood Dealmaking (2002). Handouts (articles, recent cases)
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This class is dynamic As in: “Characterized by continuous change, activity, or progress” I intend to tailor the classes to our speed, interest in particular topics, and possibly even real world events. Check with me before reading more than one class ahead.
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What have been your experiences in the entertainment field? Legal, or otherwise Any creative backgrounds? Work as paralegals, assistants, etc, in entertainment environments?
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My background Television production Law school and law firm Paramount Pictures* and New Line Cinema Teaching at USC
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My biases There are no universal heroes or villains Finding the communal interests of the parties Entertainment law as profession Fan (of the good stuff)
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A few more mechanics Up to a 0.3 grade enhancement for attendance and regular, constructive participation This is not “The Paper Chase”, but I reserve my rights Absences Signing in Break in our class time of 6:30pm to 8:20pm Putting up notes of class on Blackboard
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