Teaches or Lectures in These Online Courses: Financing and Distributing Independent Films Law; Entertainment Law.
Since 1992, Michael Blaha has been a sole practitioner specializing in entertainment transactions and litigation. His litigation practice focuses on intellectual property claims, with a particular emphasis on motion picture and television copyright infringement and contract disputes. His transactional clients include independent producers, actors, writers, directors, and musicians. He is also a producer's representative for independent films and television programs.
Professor Blaha obtained his B.A. in Political Science (cum laude) from the University of Miami at the age of 18 and received his J.D. from Duke University in 1979 at the age of 21. He was employed as an associate at the law firm now known as Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, from 1979-1982. From 1982-1987, he worked as an in-house counsel at Columbia Pictures. Professor Blaha was Vice President of Legal Affairs at Columbia when he left in 1988 to work in that same capacity at Lorimar Telepictures Corporation. He returned to work as a consultant Of Counsel at Columbia from 1990-1991.
Professor Blaha is a member of the State Bar of California and admitted to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States. He has taught entertainment law courses as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Southwestern University School of Law, including “Financing and Distributing Independent Motion Pictures,” and has lectured on entertainment law issues in several states. Professor Blaha has also acted as an expert witness for court and arbitration cases in Los Angeles, France, and the Philippines.
In 1999, the independent feature Chi Girl, on which Professor Blaha acted as Executive Producer, won the Grand Jury Prize at the 1999 Slamdance International Film Festival. His other film producing credits include the independent features According To Occam's Razor, The Dogwalker (Best New Director, Cinequest Film Festival), Walking The Walk, runt (Best New Director Honorable Mention, Pan-African Film Festival), The Who: The Vegas Job and the short film The Legend of Beaver Dam (Toronto International Film Festival).
Professor Blaha has produced over thirty plays around the world, including twenty productions at the largest theater festival in the world, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. His Fringe productions include the Perrier Award nominated Sabotage: In Fine Form, the Best Actor Award winner Night in November, runt (Sony Academy Gold Award for Best Drama for BBC World Service radio production), Billy The Kid (Spirit of the Fringe Award) and the critically acclaimed Trickboxing. In addition, he has been involved as a producer on JOB: The Hip-Hopera at the Stella Adler Theater in Los Angles (nominated for Best New Musical by the Ovation Awards, Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle) Bukowsical!, which won Best Musical at the New York International Fringe, and Pajama Men at the Soho Theatre in London (Times Double Act Of The Year).