Law 481 - Harmonizing Hollywood: Entertainment Disputes, Ethics and Peacemaking

Jonathan Anschell

Jonathan Anschell

Lecturer in Law
Course Description:

A John H. Mitchell Signature Course on Ethics and Entertainment

The entertainment business often gives rise to disputes and questions of ethics that are unique to the industry. Reviewing recent cases and developments, this course will analyze areas of dispute such as idea submission, profit participation, defamation-by-fiction and rights of publicity. The class also will consider ethical issues and boundaries in the industry, particularly in the relationships and duties between agents, managers, entertainment lawyers and their clients. Throughout, we will discuss the interplay between these substantive issues, the procedural tools available in litigation, and the business considerations that impact strategic decisions. Finally, we will review approaches to dispute resolution that often are utilized in the entertainment context, including arbitration and mediation.

Course Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

1.  Analyze factual situations that commonly arise in the entertainment industry to identify potential areas of dispute or ethical issues.

2.  Develop a plan for the litigation or resolution of entertainment-related disputes, through the application of relevant case law, the use of available procedural tools and the consideration or relevant business and creative objectives.

3.  Provide advice to reduce the risk of disputes in the development, production and distribution of entertainment content.

Course Information:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Jonathan Anschell 21S 481 LEC 1 W 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM 2.0 No No