Entertainment law class brings industry leaders to speak

During the semester, the Mike Cottrell College of Business and its faculty have brought a number of business leaders to our campuses.  Over the past two weeks, Michael Worth, associate professor of law and paralegal studies, has brought two industry leaders to his Entertainment Law (BUSA 4810) classroom in Gainesville.

Eric Krasle

On November 4, Eric Krasle spoke to Entertainment Law students on his experiences as an Athens attorney.  Over his career, Krasle has represented the band Bloodkin and numerous others as well as produced and directed the documentary film “Athens Burning,” a film about the history of the Athens music scene and the burning of the Georgia Theatre in 2009.  Krasle also successfully defended the band GWAR on an obscenity charge based upon their performance in Athens.  For more information, visit www.krasle.com.

Bruce Burch and Reba McEntire after being presented awards for Reba’s “It’s Your Call” which Bruce co-wrote.

On November 11, Bruce Burch spoke about his music career.  Bruce Burch, executive in residence at Brenau University, began the music business programs at both the University of Georgia and Kennesaw State University.  Over his career he has been a hit songwriter, operated his own publishing companies, worked for a major music publishing company, and as an artist manager.  As a songwriter, Bruce co-wrote two #1 singles for Reba McEntire, “Rumor Has It” and “It’s Your Call.” These two songs were also the album titles for two of Reba’s most successful albums.  Burch also co-wrote songs on two other Reba albums, all of which have gone multi-platinum, selling well over 15 million records and CDs. Bruce also served as Creative Director at EMI Music Publishing, at the time the world’s largest music publisher with over a million songs in its vast catalog.

Over just the past few months, the Mike Cottrell College of Business has had over a dozen business and industry leaders on campus to engage students in and out of the classroom.  Make sure to continue reading to keep up with all of these great events.

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