Barbara M. Rubin
Barbara M. Rubin is a veteran entertainment attorney who puts her extensive in-house studio business and legal affairs experience to work for writers, producers, actors, directors and small production companies in both reality and scripted television and film. She was dubbed a “top industry negotiator” by Emmy Magazine, named a "Top Dealmaker" by Broadcasting & Cable magazine and is included on both the Best Lawyers in America and Southern California Super Lawyers list. Variety has recognized Barbara in its "Legal Impact Report" for each of the last four years and has quoted her numerous times as an expert in her field. She is hailed for her work as an educator, including her role as Assistant Visiting Professor and Executive Director of the Entertainment Law Practicum at Loyola Law School.
Prior to joining the Firm, Barbara was a co-founding partner of the entertainment law firm of Peter Rubin & Simon. She has served as the head of Business and Legal Affairs for Spelling Television (reporting directly to Aaron Spelling), A&E Television Networks (West Coast) and Rysher Entertainment. Barbara came up through the business and legal affairs departments of CBS Television and Theatrical Films as well as Disney Television.
Twice elected to the Board of Governors of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and twice appointed to its Executive Committee, Barbara is an active member of the entertainment community. She serves on the Planning Committee for the USC Institute on Entertainment Law and Business, as she has for over 10 years, and was elected to the Motion Picture and Television Fund’s Professional Advisory Council. Barbara previously served on both the Emmy License Fee Negotiation Committee and the Primetime Emmy Awards Committee.
In addition to her faculty position at Loyola Law School, Barbara has taught "Negotiating the Writer's Deal" at the University of California, Los Angeles and is often called upon to guest lecture or moderate panels at entertainment law events presented by UCLA, the University of Southern California, ATAS, the Association of Talent Agents, California State University, Northridge, as well as Women In Film, the California Bar Association, the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE), eWomenNetwork and the Writers Guild of America.
Barbara is the author of two cover articles for Los Angeles Lawyer: "The Secrets of the Business Affairs Executive" (co-authored with Kyle Stewart) and "Negotiating with Media Giants." She is married to Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, Pierre Sauvage, and they have two grown children.
Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Board of Governors and Executive Committee
Motion Picture and Television Funds’ Professional Advisory Council
Emmy License Fee Negotiation Committee
Primetime Emmy Awards Committee
USC Institute on Entertainment Law and Business, Planning Committee
Professor Barbara M Rubin Provides Industry Insight to Develop Next Generation of Entertainment Law Professional, Loyola Law School, The LLS Difference: Faces of LLS, 2023
Entertainment Law Practicum a Pipeline to Prominent Attorney Roles, Loyola Law School Spotlight
“Glaser Weil Brings on Entertainment Industry Pro,” Law360
Honors & Awards
Best Lawyers in America, 2019-2021
Variety’s “Legal Impact Report," 2015-2021
Southern California Super Lawyers, multiple years
“The Secrets of the Business Affairs Executive,” by Barbara M. Rubin and Kyle Stewart, Los Angeles Lawyer
“Negotiating with Media Giants,” Los Angeles Lawyer
Speaker, "Glaser Weil's 19th Amendment Event," August 2020