dean marksOne of the movie industry’s top intellectual property watchdogs on Monday will join in Southwestern Law School’s  “Conversation With …” program: Dean Marks, executive vice president, deputy general counsel and chief of global content protection at the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) will chat about an array of topics in the 7:30 p.m. program with Steve Krone, director of the Donald E. Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute.

“Dean is one of the leading U.S. and international copyright experts in the entertainment industry, ” Professor Krone said. “In his work at the MPAA spearheading all content protection, I’m sure he’s bringing his deep knowledge to bear, along with his refreshingly pragmatic approach.”

Marks joined the MPAA in January, 2015. Previously, he served in a 25-year career with Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and Time Warner, where he was most recently senior vice president intellectual property for Warner Bros.  There he was responsible for establishing and guiding business practices of the studio on copyright related issues, digital rights management and content protection, and emerging distribution technologies. He worked extensively on domestic and international copyright policy and legislation. He also actively participated in negotiations that resulted in the passage of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act in 1998.  From 1992 to 1995, he served as vice president in Time Warner’s European public affairs office in Brussels, where he lobbied on media and copyright related issues.

The “Conversation with…” series at Southwestern features leaders in entertainment and media, including executives, attorneys and creative artists from the worlds of film, television, music, sports, interactive entertainment and other creative industries.  The dialogue format allows the special guest to explore timely and vital issues confronting the entertainment and media industries in an informal setting.  Audience members are invited to ask questions, and the conversation is followed by a reception.

The free event will offer one hour of CLE credit and will be in the law school’s Bullocks Wilshire Building (3050 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles). Reservations are requested and can be made through the Institute Office. Parking is available on campus for $10.