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cgpbadgesalmasmallhamsa2015 Kahlil Gibran “Spirit of Humanity” Awards Gala

Salma Hayek Pinault will receive the Award for Individual Achievement at the 2015 Kahlil Gibran "Spirit of Humanity" Awards Gala on April 29th in Washington, D.C. Along with Ms. Hayek-Pinault, the AAI will honor The Honorable Michael E. Barood with the Najeeb Halaby Award for Public Service, John Sexton with the Award for Individual Achievement and Lawrence Wright with the Anthony Shadid Award for Excellence in Journalism.

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cgpbadgegkidsGKIDS Acquires North American Rights for Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet

Salma Hayek's Animated Passion Project Based on the 100 Million-Selling Masterpiece By Lebanese Poet Kahlil Gibran is Slated for Summer 2015 Theatrical Release

New York, NY – February 5, 2015 – GKIDS, a distributor of award-winning animation for both adult and family audiences, announced its acquisition of North American rights to KAHLIL GIBRAN'S THE PROPHET, the animated feature produced and spearheaded by Salma Hayek-Pinault, based on the classic, internationally acclaimed and best- selling book by celebrated Lebanese author, Kahlil Gibran. The film was an official selection at Cannes, made its North American premiere in Toronto, and is slated for a summer 2015 theatrical release by GKIDS.

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cgpbadgeboundbylawBound by Law? Tales from the Public Domain

This is a comic book about intellectual property law and the public domain published in 2008 by Duke University Press. Written by Keith Aoki, James Boyle and Jennifer Jenkins and supported by the Center for the Study of the Public Domain at the Duke Law School, the book was first released in a free digital edition under a Creative Commons license in 2006. The 2008 edition has an introduction by Cory Doctorow and a foreword by Davis Guggenheim. The comic follows a fictional filmmaker named Akiko who struggles with the practicalities of applying the fair use doctrine while making a documentary film. The book is "illustrated with a mix of hand-drawn artwork and collages of pop culture images".

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cgpbadgejlusaCPG Board of Advisors Member Jeffrey Grant Honored at JustLeadershipUSA Benefit & Launch

CPG Board of Advisors Member Jeffrey Grant was honored in New York on November 12, 2014 as one of the country’s fifteen leaders in criminal justice at JustLeadershipUSA's benefit in NYC. Glenn E. Martin is the Founder/Exec. Director of JustLeadershipUSA; Piper Kerman, author of Orange is the New Black, was the Honorary Chair of the event. Please click image for more information:


William Nix, Chairman of Creative Projects Group®, advised the TruLOVE® Network on the intellectual property, media rights and business aspects of a media venture created to develop exciting original television properties with Corday Productions. Since 1965, Days of our Lives has been produced by Corday Productions Inc. in association with Sony Pictures Television. The series has aired over 12,000 episodes in the United States and global markets since its inception. BroadLit, Inc. was founded by partners Cynthia Cleveland, Nancy Cushing-Jones and Barbara Weller as an extension of their longstanding branding and consulting company BroadThink®. TruLOVE® is a digital network with a new focus on global romance and programmed to capture the powerful female audience with a wholly owned original library of content developed by an award winning marketing, branding and production management team. The new television properties being developed in this new partnership, will be based on TruLOVE's extensive library of romance stories. This new partnership with TruLOVE® comes on the heels of Corday's most recent announcement of its digital media company, Net Soaps/Net Novelas, which is set to launch at the beginning of 2015.

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cgpbadgehumanrights2014 "Voices for Justice" Human Rights Watch Dinner in Los Angeles

CPG Advisory Board Member, Nancy Cushing-Jones scripted and helped co-produce a special Human Rights Watch tribute to Sidney Sheinberg, former President & COO of MCA/Universal and current Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of HRW. Among those making in-person and video tributes to Mr. Sheinberg were Steven Spielberg, Kathy Kennedy, Barry Meyer, Jane Olson, former HRW Board Chair, and Barry Diller, and members of HRW’s Student Task Force. The Tribute was presented at the HRW Annual Voices for Justice Dinner on November 11th, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. Recipients of the Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism at the Dinner were Shin Dong-Hyuk, from North Korea, and Dr. M.R. Rajagopal, from India. Jason Collins, professional basketball player f0r the Brooklyn Nets and, prior to that the Houston Rockets, was a special guest at the event.

Human Rights Watch works in over ninety countries, addressing the human rights practices of governments of all political stripes, regardless of ethnic or religious persuasion. It defends freedom of thought and expression, due process, and equal protection of the law and a vigorous civil society. Human Rights Watch is widely respected for timely and accurate investigations and research, and for documenting and denouncing murders, disappearances, torture, arbitrary imprisonments, discrimination, and other human rights abuses. For further information on the organization and its work around the world, please see:

cgpbadgepepperdineSeventeenth Annual Pepperdine National Entertainment Law Moot Court Competition

William Nix served as a Judge, for the fourth year in a row, in the Seventeenth Annual Pepperdine School of Law Entertainment Law Moot Court Competition, held on November 15-16, 2014 at Pepperdine's Malibu Campus. Teams from law schools all across the country argued novel entertainment law issues before some of the best entertainment lawyers in Los Angeles. For more information and to download the competition problem visit:

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cgpbadgelatc32014 LATC Los Angeles Immersion Program

Steve Solot, Founder and President of the Latin American Training Center, and CPG Advisory Board Member, along with Kate Lyra, Daniel Dreifuss and Daniel Pisano led the November 3-8, 20-25 global audiovisual industry professionals will have the opportunity to experience an “immersion” into the U.S. audiovisual industry. Through an intensive schedule of meetings, presentations, round tables and networking with film and television executives, consultants, talent agents, entertainment lawyers, each participant in the LATC Immersion Program will have access to commercial, legal, marketing, artistic, academic and new media aspects of the US audiovisual industry in Los Angeles. The 2014 LATC Los Angeles Immersion Program included participants from Belgium, New Zealand, Kenya, Spain, Brazil, China, Myanmar, Australia, Colombia, Japan, Turkey and Cambodia.

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cgpbadgemediasportsdisputeEntertainment Media and Sports Dispute Resolution

Four Pepperdine students, Jonathan Bakhsheshian, Ryan Cowan, Cyrus Morgan and Jean Cameron, participated in the October 11-12, 2014 Entertainment Law Negotiation Competition at Southwestern University Law School in Los Angeles. Professors Maureen Weston and William Nix helped prepare and coach the team, focusing on negotiation strategies, techniques and entertainment/media industry terminology and practices. The students worked hard in their preparations of representing the role of counsel for an entertainment production company in negotiations with talent and a television network collective bargaining contracts. Thirty two teams, from twenty different law schools across the country, competed this year. Entertainment industry lawyers served as judges and gave helpful and positive feedback to our students, who honed their negotiating and teamwork skills together.

Pepperdine students Cameron Jean and Jason Maves competed at National Sports Law Negotiation Competition at Thomas Jefferson School of Law Forum in San Diego, September 19-21, 2014. Students from thirty-two law schools across the country competed in this competition where students acted in attorney teams representing in negotiations


Creativity is not always practiced in the splendor of solitude, and it is not always an individual sport. Creative projects often required teamwork: collaborations among songwriters, screenwriters, architects, advertising agency execs, party planners, or trial lawyers.

The ability to collaborate with other people will often mean the difference between success or failure of any given project.

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