Amanda Harrell '06 used her Villanova Law education to fast-track her career in the entertainment industry. After working in television production for a decade, Harrell came to Villanova to gain a solid foundation in business and entertainment law. Today, she oversees the business and legal affairs for One Three Media, a Mark Burnett and Hearst Corporation joint venture whose top-rated television series include Survivor, The Voice, Celebrity Apprentice, Shark Tank and The Bible.
As Senior Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs for One Three Media, Harrell directs all aspects of the department, including the supervision of business and legal affairs attorneys and production counsel, negotiating network and talent deals and managing the company’s merchandise licensing program.
Harrell’s career in television began in 1994, as an intern with Burnett’s Eco-Challenge before being hired by the company to head up competitor relations for its cutting-edge sporting event and television production. During the subsequent decade, she went on to hold several different positions within the Burnett organization, including production manager and later line producer for a number of projects then in development, including The Apprentice.
Harrell left the Burnett organization to attend Villanova Law, but did not stay away long. During her time in law school, she returned to clerk for the Burnett organization’s newly formed in-house business and legal affairs department, working primarily with the international distribution department. Harrell officially rejoined the company upon graduation as a member of its business and legal affairs department, eventually rising to head the department.
Harrell cites her Villanova Law education and the faculty support she received as pivotal in readying her for her career. “Professor Diane Edelman helped me immensely in improving my writing skills—from conquering the dreaded passive voice to succinctly making a point or argument,” she said. “After my first year, I was her teaching assistant and she treated me like family, often inviting me to her home which was so nice, particularly since I didn’t have family in the area.”
Law students looking to follow in Harrell’s footsteps can take advantage of Villanova Law’s rigorous corporate and entertainment law curriculum. Villanova provides a solid foundation in contract law, labor law, litigation, tax and intellectual property— substantive legal disciplines related to television, film, music, publishing, theater, digital and multimedia entertainment.
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