Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Lionsgate General Counsel Joins Southwestern Board
By a MetNews Staff Writer
Southwestern Law School said yesterday that Wayne Levin, general counsel and executive vice president of corporate operations for entertainment company Lionsgate, has been elected to the school’s Board of Trustees.
“Wayne Levin has been a prominent member of the entertainment industry for more than 20 years and has maintained close ties with the law school, particularly through our Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute,” Dean Bryant Garth said.
“He brings to our Board tremendous knowledge and experience from his professional accomplishments, as well as the invaluable multifaceted perspective of an alumnus, teacher and employer of our graduates. We will benefit greatly from his expanded role at the law school.”
The senior legal and business affairs executive at Lionsgate, Levin is a member of the company’s senior management decision-making team and has played a key role in the company’s growth strategy.
Levin joined Lionsgate in 2000 when the company acquired Trimark Holdings. Before that, he headed up the business and legal affairs department at Trimark Pictures from 1996 through 2000. Earlier in his career, he was in private practice for several years, primarily in entertainment law, criminal law and litigation.
Levin attended college at UCLA and graduated from Southwestern in 1988 before joining the State Bar.
He has served as an adjunct professor as part of Southwestern’s entertainment and media law program for more than 15 years, teaching courses in financing and distributing independent films, and motion picture production law. He also co-chairs the Biederman Institute’s Executive Board.
In 2008, Levin was honored as the first recipient of the institute’s Entertainment and Media Alumnus of the Year award in recognition of his “outstanding contributions to the legal profession, his leadership in the entertainment industry, and his dedication to the Southwestern community.”
Levin said yesterday he was “honored” to have been elected to the board, adding that he looked forward “to working with the Dean and the Board and contributing to the continuing growth and recognition of Southwestern’s standard of excellence in legal education.”
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