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Thomas Crowell

Adjunct Faculty, School of Communication and Media

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Thomas A. Crowell, Esq. is an entertainment attorney and television producer who teaches courses for film, television, media, and journalism students, including “Advanced Producing,” “Advanced Film Workshop,” “Producing: Development to Distribution.” His emphasize both the business and creative aspects of careers and audiovisual media and journalism. Topics include contract drafting and negotiation; intellectual property protection; project financial management; logistical thinking; screenwriting and narrative structure; logical fallacies, heuristics, and cognitive biases; and history of film and television media.

Prof. Crowell created the first continuing legal education (C.L.E.) workshops for New York Comic Con and its associated pop-culture conventions in Seattle and Chicago. These multi-day intensive courses train and professionally-accredit attorneys in the transactional and intellectual property elements of representing publishers, producers, creators, merchandisers, and other potential clients in comic book/graphic novel publishing, television, and film industries. Prof. Crowell is also the co-creator and Director from Practice (emeritus) of Cardozo Law School's "Indie Film Clinic."

Prior to becoming an attorney, Prof. Crowell produced television and was the Director of Development of The Science Technology Network, where he also served as executive producer and senior story editor.

Prof. Crowell is the author of two popular books on entertainment law: "The Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers: A Legal Toolkit for Independent Producers" (Focal Press, 3rd. est. pub. 2022) and "The Pocket Lawyer for Comic Book Creators" (Focal Press, 2014). He is a member of the bars of NY, NJ, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Prof. Crowell is a nationally recognized intellectual property and entertainment attorney representing creative clients in the film, television, comic book, and graphic novel industries. He was the first Executive Director of the New Jersey Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, the Indie Film Clinic at Cardozo Law School, and the director development at STN studios. He is the author of several books on entertainment and intellectual property law.

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