Aerlex Law Group was a sponsor of this year’s Institute on Entertainment Law and Business, held Saturday, October 17th, on the campus of the University of Southern California (“USC”). Hosted by USC’s Gould School of Law and the Beverly Hills Bar Association, the Institute is considered a can’t-miss event for legal and business leaders in the Hollywood-based entertainment industry.
This was the first time Aerlex had sponsored the Institute, which has been presented annually for over 50 years. This year’s Institute attracted a sold-out audience of 750 industry professionals who attended morning plenary sessions, four networking opportunities, and afternoon breakout sessions that provided an in-depth investigation of topics in a more intimate setting.
A highlight of the day was a lunchtime conversation between Bruce Ramer, well-known entertainment attorney and partner at Gang Tyre Ramer & Brown, and Norman Lear, legendary television writer and producer and creator of a number of ground-breaking 1970s television situation comedies, including All in the Family, Sanford and Son, The Jeffersons, Maude, Good Times, and Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. Still spry, alert, eloquent and politically active at 93, Lear reminisced about his more than six decades in the entertainment industry and shared his views on the current state of television.
Norman Lear also served as a radio operator and gunner on Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress bombers during World War II. Lear flew 52 combat missions in the Mediterranean Theater and over Germany, for which he was awarded the Air Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters. Lear talked at length about his military experience and told the luncheon audience that it profoundly influenced his world view and television writing afterward.
Stephen Hofer, president of the Aerlex Law Group, attended the Institute. “Over the years, Aerlex has served the aviation needs of more than 100 prominent figures in the entertainment industry, including actors, directors, producers and studios, and we felt it was entirely appropriate for Aerlex to demonstrate its continuing commitment to the entertainment industry by participating as a sponsor of the 2015 Institute on Entertainment Law and Business,” Hofer said.
The Institute on Entertainment Law and Business is one of six programs offered annually by the USC Gould School of Law as part of their Continuing Legal Education program. The other programs offered include Trust and Estate, Corporate Counsel, Tax, Intellectual Property, and Real Estate Law and Business. For more information on the USC Continuing Legal Education program, click here.