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Network Spotlight: Sports & Entertainment Network

Volume 37 , Number 5 , Page 70-71
ACC interviews Sports & Entertainment Network Chair Julie Maresca, who is also the executive vice president and general counsel at Motion Picture Licensing Corporation in Los Angeles, CA.

Tell us about your background.

I received my JD from Loyola Law School (Los Angeles, California) and MBA from SDA Bocconi (Milan, Italy). I had experience working as a research attorney at the Los Angeles Superior Court as well as being a product manager in Paris.

I wanted to put my legal and business skillsets together, and being able to work in-house for an emerging worldwide company was a great fit. Motion Picture Licensing Corporation (MPLC) provides public performance licenses for audiovisual content exhibited in a public space that was originally intended for personal use.

Julie MarescaWhat interested you in the in-house practice of law, and how did you come to be in your current position? Combining international law and business was my preferred career path.

When I heard about the opening at MPLC, it was for a newly created position. Previous legal support was outsourced. I thrived when given the opportunity to establish an in-house department as well as be part of the executive leadership. I am now EVP and general counsel, as well as a member of the board of directors for the US and international companies.

What is the single greatest challenge that your law department is facing today, and how are you dealing with it?

MPLC has grown tremendously in the last 15 years (operating in over 30 countries), and sometimes the pace of growth is quicker than the added staff or infrastructure that would be nice to have from the onset.

In October 2018, you were elected chair of the Sports & Entertainment Network. Tell me how you got involved initially.

As a member of ACC since 2006, I heard about a new network being formed related to the entertainment industry and wanted to participate so that my ACC experience was more relatable to my specific needs. After the network was created, the then-chair (David Cohen) asked me to lead a sub-committee.

He seemed in a tight jam, so I said yes, more from a perspective of wanting to help him, rather than interested to become part of ACC leadership. But I am glad I said yes. I definitely get a lot out of the Sports & Entertainment Network, what I put into it, and then some.

What are some of the ways that the Sports & Entertainment Network provides value to its members?

Being able to ask questions and brainstorm with like-minded in-house attorneys, use resources (templates, educational materials), and build a network of referrals and colleagues is important to stay relevant in our field.

What substantive practice issues does your network address?

Sports and Entertainment, of course. Since our sponsor (Ogletree Deakins) is a premier employment law firm, we also provide employment related topics that focus on the sports and entertainment industries (pay equity, morals clauses, meaningfully responding to sexual harassment accusations). We also try to provide at least one resource per year on professional development (the latest was “Branding Your Resume and LinkedIn Profiles” by Vivan VanLier, CareerEmpowermentCoach.com)

How does being an ACC member help you gain time in your schedule? What does having more time mean for you?

As a member, ACC’s website is the first stop when I need a resource. More time means being able to deliver projects quickly, and then the legal department becomes an added resource (and not a bottleneck) within the company.

How have connections made through ACC helped you to be the best version of yourself? How have they made you the best or a better lawyer?

The CLO group at ACC has allowed me to gain perspective and offer suggestions on how to deal with in-house issues that most law firm attorneys do not have to address. For instance, learning how to better navigate the board of directors, and not be seen as the legal “idea killer” is useful to my success within the company and in dealing with the other executives on the team.

To learn more about ACC Networks or to join a Network, visit acc.com/networks.



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