Dec 15 2010

Nannette Diacovo

Teaches or Lectures in These Online Courses: Television Production Law.

Nannette Diacovo has been a successful entertainment lawyer for over 18 years. She is the Senior Vice President of Legal Affairs at Lionsgate heading up a department of legal affairs attorneys for a mini-major studio.  She works with studio executives and senior management in connection with all aspects of development and production for scripted programming on various platforms, including new media such as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon.  Previously she worked as an independent entertainment attorney working on a variety of television projects for third parties, including serving as “of counsel” at The Point Media, an entertainment law firm in Beverly Hills, California. Prior to venturing off on her own, Nan served as Vice President of Legal Affairs at Warner Bros. Television for thirteen years where she was responsible for overseeing a variety of scripted and unscripted programs for Warner Bros. Television, Horizon Scripted Television, and Horizon Alternative Television. Nan’s responsibilities at Warner Bros. included drafting and maintaining development deals, production deals, and overall deals for major television producers such as Jerry Bruckheimer (“Cold Case,” and “Without A Trace”) and Josh Schwartz (“Chuck,” “Gossip Girl,” and “The Carrie Diaries”), as well as being responsible for all of the legal work on specific programs, including all aspects of production, clearance, rights research and rights agreements, various production agreements, settlements, and intellectual property issues. In addition, Nan provided legal counsel to the development, marketing, publicity and other divisions within Warner Bros/Warner Horizon groups with respect to rights, union/guild issues and general production issues. Nan has overseen shows such as “The West Wing,” “Without A Trace,” “Studio 60,” “Chuck,” “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” “Harry’s Law,” “Pretty Little Liars,” and “The Carrie Diaries.”

Prior to becoming a lawyer Nan started her adventure into the entertainment industry by graduating Magna Cum Laude with a degree in film from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. Three weeks after graduating, Nan headed to Hollywood where she worked in film and television as a production assistant, production secretary, casting assistant and casting associate, ending up as a “night student” at Southwestern University School of Law while casting during the day. While at Southwestern Nan was a member of Law Review, published in the Southwestern Law Review and the Miami University Entertainment Law Review, as well as winning “second place brief” in Southwestern’s Moot Court competition. After graduating law school Nan headed to NBC where she worked in the legal affairs department for four years for both the studio and the network before joining Warner Bros Television.