Racial BIAS in the Entertainment Industry



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Credit Type:
Elimination of Bias
Original Air Date:
November 10, 2022
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About the Program

This panel will address the current landscape of racial bias in the entertainment industry. The discussion will revolve around what racial bias looks like presently, how it is impacting the entertainment industry today, and what actions the entertainment industry is (or is not) doing to combat racial bias.

Meet the Speakers
Marjorie Garcia


Partner, King, Holmes, Paterno & Soriano, LLP

Marjorie Garcia is a partner at the firm’s entertainment transactions department. Ms. Garcia’s practice includes the negotiation and drafting of various types of recordings agreements, publishing agreements, marketing and publicity agreements, sponsorship agreements, product endorsement and integration agreements, catalog purchase agreements, merchandising, and performance agreements.

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Temitope K. Yusuf


Vice President, Employment & Head of Legal Department Diversity NBCUniversal

Temitope K. Yusuf is a Vice President, Employment Law and Head of Legal Department Diversity at NBCUniversal in New York City. Tope partners with human resources and business leaders for several NBCU business units including NBC Sports, Ad Sales, Universal Studio Group and Entertainment. Tope provides day-to-day advice and counsel as well as insights on strategic goals of the business.  She is also responsible for supervising investigations into workplace misconduct and allegations of discriminatory treatment. Prior to joining NBCUniversal, Tope was a partner at Arent Fox LLP in the Labor and Employment and Government Enforcement and White Collar groups.

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Kevin (K.J.) Greene


Law Professor Southwestern Law School

A graduate of the Yale Law School and a U.S Marine veteran, Professor Kevin J. Greene is the John J. Schumacher Chair Professor at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles, California, where he teaches Copyright Law and Entertainment Law. 

Professor Greene’s award winning scholarship explores copyright, trademark and publicity rights issues, including abusive trademark litigation, idea misappropriation as a Hollywood business model, and the impact of intellectual property law on African‐American creativity. Greene was the first legal scholar to analyze how IP doctrine facilitated expropriation of African‐American music and culture. 

Professor Greene practiced law in New York at the premier firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore, representing companies such as Time Warner/HBO, and at a top New York entertainment law boutique firm, where his clients included film production companies, film director Spike Lee, and music artists including Harry Connick, Jr., Bobby Brown, and the seminal rap group Public Enemy. 

As an expert witness‐consultant in copyright and IP cases, Greene worked with funk music legend George Clinton in a landmark copyright case in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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John Baldivia
John R. Baldivia


Rossi, PC.

John R. Baldivia is a senior associate of the firm, where he negotiates a wide variety of contracts for major label recording artists, songwriters, and prominent influencers. John joined Rossi, PC. with a strong background in music transactions, as well as entertainment and intellectual property litigation.

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