Faculty Profiles

David Ginsburg

David R. Ginsburg

Executive Director, Entertainment, Media, and Intellectual Property Law Program
Lecturer in Law
B.A. UCLA, 1972
J.D. UCLA, 1976

David R. Ginsburg is the Executive Director of the UCLA School of Law’s Entertainment, Media, and Intellectual Property Law Program, where he teaches as a lecturer in law.  His courses include Law 305 (a survey course in entertainment law) and Law 547 (a seminar on entertainment law research and writing).  Mr. Ginsburg also regularly guest-teaches the motion picture, television, and copyright law segments of Film and Television 294B (Entertainment Law, Business Practices, and Negotiation Strategies) at the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television.  Since 2003, he has rendered expert witness opinions and testimony in several federal and state litigation matters.  Prior to becoming a producer and senior production executive in 1986, Mr. Ginsburg practiced law for ten years and was a founding partner of the entertainment department at the international law firm of Sidley & Austin (now Sidley Austin LLP).  He has also served as an appointed Judge Pro-Tem of the Beverly Hills Municipal Court.

In the motion picture industry, Mr. Ginsburg was an independent producer and executive, serving as the President of Artisan Pictures and Executive Vice-President of Artisan Entertainment prior to its December 2003 acquisition by Lionsgate Films.  He served as the President of Landscape Entertainment from late 2000 until its merger with Artisan the following year.  From 1997 to early 2000, he was the President of the Alliance Atlantis Motion Picture Group.  He also co-founded Transatlantic Media Associates Kft., a full-service film production facility in Budapest, Hungary, which from 1989 to 2001 provided crews, locations and other services to many international feature films and television projects.  In television, Mr. Ginsburg served from 1986 to 1997 as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Citadel Entertainment, a company which he co-founded and where he produced over 50 films, and he has been nominated personally three times for the Emmy and four times for the Golden Globe Award.  His television production credits include several Emmy-winners, and many of those productions have been nominated for and have won numerous other awards (including the Golden Globe for Rasputin in 1997 and the Humanitas Prize for Between Mother and Daughter in 1995).  For a more complete online IMDb production resumé, see http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0320134/.

Mr. Ginsburg is a 1976 graduate of UCLA School of Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the UCLA Law Review.  His comment on the right of publicity won the 1975 National Nathan Burkan Memorial Copyright Competition.  After law school, Mr. Ginsburg clerked for the Hon. Herbert Y.C. Choy of the Ninth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals in Honolulu.  As part of his undergraduate studies at UCLA (from which he graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 1972), he was an exchange student of Russian language, literature and linguistics for a semester in residence at Leningrad State University.  He was also a post-graduate Danforth Foundation Fellow in general linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Mr. Ginsburg is a past Deputy Chair and a Board Member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles, a member and past Co-Chair of the UCLA Entertainment Law Symposium Committee, and a past board member of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.  He was a co-curator of the World Cinema Series of the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art and the Museum of Photographic Art.  Mr. Ginsburg also completed the certificate program “Mediation in the Litigated Case” at Pepperdine Law School’s Straus Institute of Dispute Resolution in December 2004.  He is admitted to practice before the state and federal courts of California and Hawaii, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court.  He is an active member of the Motion Picture and Television Academies of Arts and Sciences, the Los Angeles Copyright Society, and the Producers Guild of America.