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Mark Litwak
USC Gould School of Law

Mark Litwak

Lecturer in Law

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699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA Personal Website: Link

Last Updated: May 22, 2017




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 PowerThe Struggle for Influence and Success in the New HollywoodCourtroom CrusadersDealmaking 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 IndustryLitwak's Multimedia Producer's Handbook, and Risky Business: Financing and Distributing Independent Film. He has also contributed articles for The Los Angeles TimesThe Business of FilmThe Hollywood ReporterMoviemaker, 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.

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