Lionsgate General Counsel Joins Southwestern Board
Wayne Levin '88, General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Corporate Operations for Lionsgate, the leading independent filmed entertainment studio, has been elected to Southwestern'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."
As the senior legal and business affairs executive at Lionsgate, Mr. Levin is a member of the company's senior decision-making team and has played a key role in growth strategy. In addition to his operational management responsibilities, he has successfully negotiated and drafted a wide range of agreements related to mergers, acquisitions, corporate restructurings and securities offerings. He manages closely the legal and business aspects of Lionsgate's relationships with top creative talent, including various motion picture production agreements with writers, producers, directors, actors and other talent, and has negotiated with all major and independent studios and television networks.
Prior to joining Lionsgate when the company acquired Trimark Holdings in 2000, Mr. Levin 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. He earned his B.S. degree from UCLA in 1985 and his J.D. from Southwestern in 1988 and is a member of the California State Bar.
One of the most invested supporters of Southwestern's expansive entertainment and media law program, Mr. Levin has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law for more than 15 years, teaching popular courses in Financing and Distributing Independent Films, and Motion Picture Production Law. He also co-chairs the Biederman Institute's Executive Board. Mr. Levin has trained nearly a generation of externs and has hired numerous Southwestern graduates over the years. In 2008, he was honored as the first recipient of the Biederman 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."
"I am honored to have been elected to Southwestern's Board of Trustees," Mr. Levin said. "I look 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."