SISE Professor Connects Students with Inner Workings of Hollywood Movie Business

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SISE Professor Elizabeth Townsend Gard provided Tulane law students a unique opportunity to learn more about the way the movie business works from the inside out. During a weeklong visit to Los Angeles, a contingent of Tulane Law School students took an insider’s tour of the entertainment industry: They discussed social media, piracy and other issues with lawyers from Warner Brothers, MGM, Sony, NBCUniversal, Creative Artists Agency, William Morris Endeavor, Getty and Miramax. They met with the Alliance of Women Directors. And they sat on the couch on the set of “Friends.”

“The most important thing in working in the movie industry is understanding how the process works,” said Cynthia Waldman, MGM senior counsel.

Elizabeth Townsend Gard, who led the trip, called it an exploration of “what is the world of law and creativity — and at what point do lawyers step in?”

The objective wasn’t to see stars; it was to learn about intellectual property in the heart of Hollywood and connect with Tulane law alumni who could share advice on making it in a fiercely competitive industry.

Read more about this fantastic learning experience here: new wave

Learn more about Professor Gard’s work here: Elizabeth Townsend Gard @ Taylor