Law 244 - Television Law

Sandra Stern

Sandra Stern

Lecturer in Law
B.A. Brooklyn College of the City University of New York
M.A. City University of New York Graduate Center
Course Description:

This course reflects an integrated approach to the television industry, and the role of lawyers and legal doctrine within it. The course will focus on new challenges faced by the industry in response to the recent (and ongoing) paradigm shift to digital production and distribution, with an emphasis on the role of lawyers in shaping current and future practice and policy, and the challenges of reconciling contemporary technologies and business practices with long-standing legal doctrine. Prior coursework in intellectual property and First Amendment law is not required, but is highly recommended.

Course Learning Outcomes:

After this course, students should be able to recognize, understand, and apply:
1. The basic structures of the current US television industry, including the broadcast, cable and digital delivery systems.
2. The essential principles of television production and distribution, as expressed legally, contractually and practically.
3. The financial underpinnings of the television industry, both as currently constituted and as it is evolving.
4. The professional norms, values, and culture that extend beyond the legal principles, but which are important for the successful practice of entertainment law in the U.S.

Course Information:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Sandra Stern 21S 244 LEC 1 R 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM 2.0 Yes No
  Prerequisite: Law 305. Entertainment Law.
Textbook Information:
Textbook for Spring 2021 LEC 1
Appelton and Yankelevits. Hollywood Dealmaking: Negotiating Talent Agreements for Film, TV and Digital Media  3rd ed.  
ISBN: 9781621536581. Allworth Press. REQUIRED $24.99