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Rise of the Media Giants: How the Laws and Technology Shaped Today’s Media

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  • Description

    The laws that shape electronic media have created media behemoths. These competing media forces capitalize on the incredible advancements in technology and the laws that have both aided but also limited growth. This CLE course will focus on the radio and television industries and the impact of the 1934 Communications Act on these industries. Early regulation of communications and the emergence of cable to the arrival of the Internet and the subsequent deregulatory impact on the 1996 Telecommunications Act to the 2009 passage of the Digital Transition Content Security Act moving us from analog to digital transmission. The course will explain how these various legal actions led to the creation of today’s media giants with unprecedented global reach.

  • Instructor Bio

    Stephen Kimatian

    Stephen Kimatian has practiced media law for over 40 years. He has been general counsel to television broadcast groups Newport Television, Kansas City, Clear Channel Television, San Antonio, general manager for television stations WJZ-TV, Baltimore, WKBK, Buffalo, and WSYR-TV Syracuse, and northeast regional vice president for the Ackerley Group, Seattle. He also served as President of Maryland Public Television.

    Mr. Kimatian started his legal career with the New York City labor law firm, O’Donnell & Schwartz, Esqs. before joining Group W Broadcasting as Director of Employee and Labor Relations. For several years he served as Instructor of Media and First Amendment law for Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and has also been a columnist for the Syracuse Post Standard. With his daughter, an attorney specializing in education law, and a local community group, he established OnTECH Charter High School in Syracuse, New York.

    Mr. Kimatian is a recipient of the Silver Circle Award from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, past Board Chairman of the Community College of Baltimore, a participant in the DOD, Joint Civilian Orientation Conference and recipient of the President’s Award from Upstate Medical University. Steve grew up in Queens, New York, attended Brooklyn Technical High School, Princeton University and Cornell Law School.