West Los Angeles Courses | Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution | School of Law | Pepperdine University

West Los Angeles Courses

Block 3: Weekend Format June 15 - 17 and 22 - 24
  • Thursday and Friday evenings from 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm, and Saturdays from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Program Course and Faculty

Selected Issues in Dispute Resolution: Entertainment Disputes


 This course focuses on how disputes are resolved in the entertainment industry through mediation and arbitration. A broad range of contexts, such as motion pictures, television, music publishing and records, as well as sports and the arts form the backdrop for the examination of various cases and simulations. ADR is explored from the point of view of house counsel, business affairs executives, outside counsel, transactional attorneys, litigators, mediators, arbitrators, agents, creative executives and union representatives. Students gain familiarity with details of established dispute resolution programs, such as the following: Entertainment Panel of the American Arbitration Association (AAA); American Film Marketing Association (AFMA); Arts Arbitration and Mediation Services (AAMS); Writer's Guild of America (WGA). The course also addresses entertainment industry acceptance of ADR, ethical issues, blended ADR processes, cross-cultural considerations, entertainment industry style and subculture, and practice tips.

William Nix is an attorney with experience in corporate formation, operations and business affairs, as well as an experienced litigator and ADR practitioner. He is currently Chairman of Creative Project Groups, and was previously Vice President of Legal and Business Affairs for NBA Properties, Inc, served as Co-Chair of the BakerBotts, LLP Entertainment, Media and Sports Law Practice Group, and worked with the Motion Picture Association of America for sixteen years. He is a lifetime voting-member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and served on its Documentary Feature Film Award Nominating Committee for several years as well as on its 2010 Oscar Nomination Screening Committee for Best Foreign Language Film , the International Documentary Association, serving on its 2008 and 2009 Feature Film and 2010 Documentary Short Nominating Juries, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, serving as a Judge on its 2009 College Television Awards Panel, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, and the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences.