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This week’s podcast takes a look at the practice of entertainment law. On the program are legal experts Maggie Pisacane, an entertainment law attorney with Frankfurt, Kurnit, Klein and Selz; Larry Zerner, owner of the Law Office of Larry Zerner; and Ken Basin, an entertainment law attorney at Greenburg/Glusker.
Maggie Pisacane, an entertainment law attorney, informs us that entertainment law can be an umbrella for different specialized fields, the most popular being television, fashion, movies, and sports. She warns interested students that entertainment law is a difficult practice to break into, but encourages those students to be diligent in finding a way into an entertainment law practice and learning as much as possible. Once you are involved more closely in entertainment law, you will find it much easier to get a grasp on which different practices are available.
Larry Zerner defines entertainment law as legal issues that involve the entertainment industry, and cites the contractual problems Charlie Sheen is having with his CBS program, Two and a Half Men, as an example. Reading Variety and The Hollywood Reporter can help newcomers become familiar with the buzz in show business, as Zerner also states that law school will not always prepare you for an entertainment law career. According to Zerner, the most useful skill to have in your arsenal is the ability to negotiate.
Ken Basin, an entertainment law attorney at Greenburg/Glusker, says the entertainment law industry is unique and can accommodate a wide variety of personalities. He advises students who are interested in entertainment law to focus academically on intellectual property and contracts. Basin goes on to say that beyond the glitz and glamour, entertainment law is still law.