The Biederman Institute

The rapidly expanding and converging realms of film, television, news, theater, literary and music publishing, sound recording, advertising, and the Internet open endless possibilities for lawyers.

Southwestern established the Donald E. Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute in 2000 to provide aspiring entertainment and media lawyers the tools they need to make it in these competitive and dynamic businesses, and to be the resource of choice for attorneys and executives in the industry. Under the auspices of the Institute, Southwestern offers a cutting-edge curriculum taught by an outstanding cadre of full-time professors with extensive industry experience and a roster of adjunct faculty members that reads like a “Who’s Who” of the entertainment and media law bar. For the campus-based programs, the Institute has established externships in over 50 settings in Los Angeles ranging from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences to Warner Bros., and an entertainment law firm practicum, as well as specialized summer programs in Los Angeles and London. The Institute also publishes The Journal of International Media and Entertainment Law in conjunction with the ABA Forums on Communications Law and Entertainment and Sports Industries.

In June 2010, following an extensive national search, Steven G. Krone, former President and Chief Operating Officer of Village Roadshow Pictures Entertainment and recently a member of the Chapman University law school and film school faculty, was appointed Director of the Institute. Professor Krone brings invaluable expertise and insight into the law and business of the entertainment and media industries from both a practical and academic perspective.

The Institute supports an active, engaged community, which includes the Biederman Blog.

For more detailed information on the Institute and its programs, click here .