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Harvey Weinstein Headlines Thirty-Eighth Annual UCLA Entertainment Symposium

Legendary Academy Award® Winning Film Producer and Studio Executive to Deliver Keynote Address


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LOS ANGELES, (December 17, 2013) -- The Thirty-Eighth UCLA Entertainment Symposium will welcome several hundred leading entertainment industry executives who will explore and study the latest trends and issues affecting the industry on March 7-8, 2014, at UCLA's Freud Playhouse, Macgowan Hall.

A highlight of this year's symposium will be a dialogue with Academy Award® winning producer and studio executive Harvey Weinstein, co-founder of Miramax Films and The Weinstein Company (TWC).  During his and his brother Bob’s tenure at Miramax and TWC, they have received 321 Oscar nominations and won 78 Academy Awards. TWC’s releases this year include FRUITVALE STATION, LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER, PHILOMENA, MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM and AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY.

Mr. Weinstein will be interviewed by Ken Ziffren, well known media and entertainment attorney and UCLA School of Law adjunct professor, in front of an audience of industry executives, producers, agents, managers, attorneys and students at UCLA. This one-on-one dialogue allows Mr. Weinstein to present his views on the industry and the future of entertainment.

Commented TWC Co-Chairman Weinstein: “It’s an honor and privilege to have UCLA’s Entertainment Symposium welcome me as their Keynote Speaker. I look forward to gathering with some of the greatest minds in the industry at this event – this is a constantly evolving business, and we will always have things to learn from one another.”

Previous Keynote Speakers include the most powerful and innovative leaders in the entertainment industry, including:  Morgan Freeman, Actor/Director/Producer; Clint Eastwood, Actor/Director/Producer; Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons; Les Moonves, CEO of CBS;  Barry Meyer, CEO Warner Bros.;  Harry Sloan, Chairman and CEO of MGM Studios; David Linde, Co-Chairman of Universal Pictures; Mark Cuban, Owner of Dallas Mavericks, Landmark Theatres, Magnolia Pictures; and Tom Rothman, CEO of Fox Films.

“The UCLA Entertainment Symposium has become an annual flagship event for the entertainment and legal industries, bringing together executives, attorneys and students for an informed discussion of critical issues impacting the business,” said David Ginsburg, Executive Director of UCLA Law’s Entertainment, Media, and Intellectual Property Law Program.

During the two-day Symposium, panels are filled with speakers from every facet of entertainment: top studio, network and cable executives, development and production heads, creative entrepreneurs, innovators, game changers and top legal minds.  Cost for the event is $350 for a single ticket purchased February 21 or before and $395 for a single ticket purchased after that.  The Symposium is hosted by UCLA School of Law and proceeds help support the law school’s Entertainment, Media and Intellectual Property Law Program. For more information, please visit www.law.ucla.edu.

About The UCLA Entertainment Symposium
Over the last 38 years, the Symposium has become the premiere networking event in the world for the entertainment and legal industries, linking hundreds of industry executives, agents, managers, producers, entertainment attorneys and students. 

About UCLA School of Law
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