An all-star panel of entertainment attorneys, scholars and filmmakers spoke at UCLA School of Law on June 4 discussed the impact of documentary films in law and culture. Co-sponsored by UCLA Law’s Ziffren Center for Media, Entertainment, Technology and Sports Law and the USC Annenberg Center for Communications and Journalism, the event drew more than 100 entertainment law practitioners, law students, filmmakers and others.
“Truth Be Told? Documentary Films Today” was moderated by Dale Cohen, director of UCLA Law’s Documentary Film Legal Clinic and special counsel for the PBS series Frontline, and featured top music attorney John Branca of Ziffren Brittenham; Oscar-winning filmmaker and former Directors Guild of America president Taylor Hackford; Carrie Lozano, documentary filmmaker and leader of the Independent Documentary Association’s enterprise documentary fund; Christopher Smith, a professor of communications and journalism at USC; and Howard Weitzman, a leading entertainment litigator with Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert. UCLA Law Dean Jennifer Mnookin offered opening remarks.
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