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Mark Litwak is an entertainment attorney whose practice includes copyright, trademark, contract, multimedia law, intellectual property, and book publishing. In this role, Litwak has assisted with issues such as filmmaker financing, marketing and distribution of over 200 motion pictures including award-winning films in Cannes, Toronto, Telluride and other festivals.
Litwak is the author of six books: Reel Power, The Struggle for Influence and Success in the New Hollywood, Courtroom Crusaders, Dealmaking in the Film & Television Industry (winner of the 1996 Kraszna-Krausz award for best book in the world on the film business), Contracts for the Film & Television Industry, Litwak's Multimedia Producer's Handbook, and Risky Business: Financing and Distributing Independent Film. He has also contributed articles for The Los Angeles Times, The Business of Film, The Hollywood Reporter, Moviemaker, and Los Angeles Lawyer.
Litwak is an IFTA arbitrator and often serves as an expert witness in motion industry disputes. As a law professor he has taught courses in entertainment law, copyright and torts at Loyola Law School, the University of Puget Sound School of Law and UCLA extension. He has also presented seminars at USC, the American Film Institute, Columbia University, NYU, the University of British Columbia, and the Royal College of Art in London. He holds a JD from University of San Diego School of Law, as well as a BA and MA from Queens College of the City University of New York.
FACULTY IN THE NEWS
Franita Tolson was mentioned as a participant in a Senate hearing on voting rights. "Apologies Mr. Cruz, your state of Texas, perhaps," she said, when Cruz asked which voter ID laws are racist. "The fact that the voter ID law was put into place to diminish the political power of Latinos with racist intent." Tolson was also quoted in The Washington Post, USA TODAY, Independant, The Hill and Yahoo! News.
Thomas D. Lyon
“Use of global trait cues helps to explain older adults’ decrements in detecting children’s lies” (with Alison O’Connor, Micaela Wiens, & Angela D. Evans) (in press), Legal and Criminological Psychology.
Thomas D. Lyon
“Causal indicators for assessing the truthfulness of child speech in forensic interviews” (with Zane Durante, Victor Ardulov, Manoj Kumar, Jennifer Gongola, & Shrikanth Narayanan) (in press), Computer Speech & Language.
Thomas D. Lyon
“The difficulty of teaching adults to recognize referential ambiguity in children's testimony: The influence of explicit instruction and sample questions” (with Breanne Wylie, Jennifer Gongola, & Angela D. Evans) (in press), Applied Cognitive Psychology.