TV Academy Re-Ups Outside Counsel Dixon Dern

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Dixon Dern

For more than 30 years, the veteran show business attorney has been involved in trademark and copyright issues, negotiating TV deals, creating the Academy Foundation and more.

The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has extended the contract of veteran show business attorney Dixon Dern as its outside general counsel, continuing a relationship that goes back more than three decades.

Newly hired TV Academy president and COO Maury McIntyre noted, in his announcement Monday, that Dern has provided legal counsel on a range of issues and for many business negotiations.

“Dixon is a vital part of our organization, combining excellent legal counsel with a deep understanding of the Academy and the industry,” said McIntyre. “We look forward to his continued guidance throughout next year.”

Dern has been involved in agreements for the Primetime Emmy telecast as well as the establishment of both the Hall of Fame and TV Academy Honors. He also has spearheaded trademark and copyright protection as well as helped with educational outreach programs and the Academy's Archive of American Television’s historic preservation program. 

Dern himself gave an interview for the Archive, which can be seen here.

In 2009, Dern was recognized with the Television Academy’s Syd Cassyd Founders Award for his many years of service to the organization.

Dern is a Stanford graduate who has practiced law in California since 1954. He was in-house counsel for several pioneering early TV producers including Desilu (creator of I Love Lucy) and United Artists TV. He has been in private practice since 1967.

Dern also as worked as an arbitrator and has taught courses on law and television at USC, Loyola and elsewhere.