Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

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Harvey Levin, Host/Executive Producer of TMZ in Conversation at Southwestern September 22, 2008
Harvey Levin, Host/Executive Producer of TMZ in Conversation at Southwestern

Harvey Levin, host and executive producer of "TMZ" and Managing Editor of "" will be the next guest for the law school's "A Conversation With..." series, presented by Southwestern's Donald E. Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute. Professor David Kohler, Director of the Biederman Institute, will conduct the discussion titled "Gotcha! Is America's Fascination with Celebrities Changing the Face of Journalism and the Law that Governs It?" on Wednesday, October 29 at 7:30 p.m. at Southwestern.

A prominent producer, investigative reporter and attorney, Harvey Levin steers "TMZ" with the very same voice that he used to drive to unprecedented success. Dubbed "the guy who rules Hollywood" by the New York Daily News and "the man who may represent the future of celebrity journalism" by The New York Times, Mr. Levin has made TMZ the go-to place for everything entertainment. He has guided TMZ to become one of the fastest growing and most successful brands ever launched on the Internet.

Prior to TMZ, Mr. Levin created and served as Executive Producer for the syndicated series "Celebrity Justice"; served for 19 years as Co-Executive Producer and consultant for the television show "The People's Court"; and served for more than a decade as an investigative reporter for KCBS-TV in Los Angeles where he covered numerous high-profile court cases for top CBS stations across the country. Mr. Levin has received nine Emmy® Awards and numerous other local and national awards, and appears regularly on cable news networks and local and national programs providing commentary and analysis on a variety of topical issues. Mr. Levin earned his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.

The "Conversation With..." series at Southwestern features prominent publishers, television and film producers, and senior counsel for entertainment and media enterprises, as well as public officials involved with the entertainment and media industries. The dialogue format allows the special guest to explore, with students and members of the legal profession, contemporary and sometimes controversial issues confronting the entertainment industry and the media.

The free event will offer one hour of CLE credit and be held in the law school's Bullocks Wilshire Building (3050 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles). Reservations are requested and can be made through the Institute Office. Parking is available on campus for $6. Click here for directions to campus.