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ENTERTAINMENT
November 20, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
The board of the Museum of Contemporary Art on Wednesday appointed Maria Seferian, counsel to the museum since 2008, as interim director. In addition, the co-chairs of the board of trustees, TV writer and producer Maria Arena Bell and lawyer-producer David Johnson, will step down at the end of the year. Seferian, a partner in the law firm Munger, Tolles & Olson, has been involved with the museum for about five years, she said. Over the last year - a tumultuous time at the museum, with financial difficulties and former director Jeffrey Deitch's departure in September - she has worked on its fundraising campaign and the search for a new director.
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NEWS
November 14, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
The Motion Picture Assn. of America has hired Washington attorney Steven Fabrizio as its senior executive vice president and global general counsel. Fabrizio is considered one of the nation's leading copyright and content protection lawyers and has long ties to the MPAA and its member companies, having served for many years as lead outside counsel.  He succeeds Henry Hoberman, who resigned in September, overseeing all legal, content protection and rights management programs within the MPAA.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 11, 2013 | By Meg James
Louis J. Briskman plans to retire next month from his role as general counsel of CBS Corp. A mainstay of the broadcasting company, Briskman first joined CBS in 1975 when it was Westinghouse Electric Corp.  He has served as the top lawyer for four public corporations, including Aetna Inc., Group W (the broadcasting subsidiary of Westinghouse) and Westinghouse Electric.  After his stint at Aetna, Briskman rejoined CBS in September 2005, just four months before the CBS breakup with Viacom Inc.  At that point, CBS became a separate publicly traded company.
OPINION
October 25, 2013 | By Jeff Lantos
The Los Angeles Unified School District's plan to supply every student with an iPad is, to be charitable, not going well. Before any more school districts decide to spend millions on high-tech gadgets, let me offer a few words of caution. Why me? Because I was there in 1986 when Apple computers were first lugged into elementary classrooms. This was at the Open Magnet School in West Hollywood, where I and other teachers first experimented with this new technology. After hours, we often hung out with Alan Kay, the leather-jacketed genius from Apple who would drop by to see how things were going.
NATIONAL
October 17, 2013 | By Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON - Jeh Johnson, a former Pentagon general counsel who established the legal frameworks for lethal drone strikes and for allowing gays to serve openly in the military, will be nominated by President Obama to be the next secretary of Homeland Security, according to administration officials. Johnson, 56, was an early supporter of Barack Obama's presidential ambitions and an advisor to his campaign. He contributed more than $33,000 in 2008 to Obama's fundraising committees.
BUSINESS
October 4, 2013 | By Joe Flint
The gig: John Rogovin, 52, is executive vice president and general counsel for Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. As the top legal eagle for the storied movie and television studio, Rogovin oversees a staff of more than 160 lawyers and is involved in such matters as structuring production deals, copyright issues, contract disputes with talent and fights over intellectual property. Beltway insider: Born and raised in Washington, Rogovin was a Capitol Hill insider before he could crawl.
WORLD
September 15, 2013 | By Noam N. Levey
NEW DELHI - Khushi Kumari had long kept her sexuality a secret, living alone like many of this sprawling city's gay, lesbian and transgender residents. Today, Kumari, who was born male but lives as a woman, is out of the closet and has moved home with her family. "I said, 'Why hide it?'" Kumari explained one evening at Mitr Trust, an LGBT drop-in center in a bustling, working-class neighborhood of New Delhi. "It just made me depressed. I got mad hiding things all the time. " Kumari, wearing a brilliant yellow and green sari, gold-chain earrings and bright red fingernail polish, is a frequent visitor to Mitr, which she credits with giving her the confidence to live openly and seek medical care for her HIV infection.
BUSINESS
September 5, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Nutritional products company Herbalife Ltd., battling allegations that it operates an illegal pyramid scheme, has a new and unexpected advocate: former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Villaraigosa, who left office June 30 after eight years as mayor, will serve as a senior advisor to Herbalife Chief Executive Michael O. Johnson and the company's board of directors, the company said Thursday in a news release. Villaraigosa will counsel Herbalife on "strategic business development and global community outreach," the Los Angeles company said.
SPORTS
August 2, 2013 | Staff and wire reports
The Philadelphia Eagles excused Riley Cooper from all team activities Friday as the wide receiver dealt with the repercussions of being caught on video making a racial slur. Cooper has been sent away from the team to get help with his issues, something upon which the player and the team agreed. Coach Chip Kelly made it clear after Friday's practice, however, that Cooper would be back with the team when he's ready. "There has never been any question of cutting Riley," Kelly said. Cooper said the last few days have been incredibly difficult, and he will seek counseling.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 16, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Rick Cotton, one of the most senior executives at NBCUniversal, is stepping down as executive vice president and general counsel of the entertainment giant after almost 25 years in the position. Considered one of the entertainment industry's top legal minds, Cotton will remain with NBCUniversal as a senior counselor overseeing its efforts regarding Internet piracy, which has been his focus for the last few years. He is also one of the few remaining top executives from when General Electric owned the company.
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