Episode 59: How Entertainment Lawyers Changed the Hollywood Studio System – Featuring Peter Labuza
On this week episode, Online Editor, Patrick Hao, talks to film critic, podcaster and Ph.D. candidate in Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Southern California, Peter Labuza. They discuss Hollywood legal history and the role entertainment lawyers had, through contracts, shifted the way Hollywood Film Studios produced movies and affected the art.
Peter Labuza is a Ph.D. Candidate in Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Southern California and a John E. Rovensky Fellow in US Business and Economic History. His research interests include Hollywood and media industry historiography, legal history, political economy, art cinema, and cinephilia. His dissertation explores the rise of the legal profession in Hollywood and its contribution to the organizational business reforms and cultural discourse of art within the industry after World War II. He has published in The Velvet Light Trap, Film Quarterly, Mediascape, Sight & Sound, and The Los Angeles Review of Books, and he currently serves as Assistant Book Review Editor for the Journal of Cinema and Media Studies (formerly Cinema Journal). He has also published as a film critic for Variety, The Village Voice, and Filmmaker Magazine among others, and hosts The Cinephiliacs podcast. Previously, Labuza earned both his BA and MA in Film Studies from Columbia University.
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