Barbara M. Rubin

Assistant Professor
Executive Director, Entertainment Law Practicum

BA and MA, California State University, Northridge
JD, Loyola Law School


Barbara M. Rubin is a veteran entertainment attorney and partner at Glaser Weil 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 and is a Southern California Super Lawyer. She is known for her work as an educator, including her role as assistant professor and executive director of the Entertainment Law Practicum at Loyola Law School.

Prior to joining Glaser Weil, Ms. Rubin 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. Ms. Rubin came up through the business and legal affairs departments of CBS Television and Theatrical Films as well as Disney Television. While attending Loyola Law School, she taught at Garfield High School.

Twice elected to the Board of Governors of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and twice appointed to its Executive Committee, Ms. Rubin is an active member of the entertainment community. She was recently elected to the Motion Picture and Television Fund’s Professional Advisory Council and served on the Emmy License Fee Negotiation Committee and the Primetime Emmy Awards Committee.

In addition to her faculty position at Loyola Law School, Ms. Rubin has taught "Negotiating the Writer's Deal" at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is married to Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, Pierre Sauvage, and they have two grown children.

Selected Scholarship

Ms. Rubin is the author of two cover articles for the Los Angeles Lawyer: "The Secrets of the Business Affairs Executive" (co-authored with Kyle Stewart) and "Negotiating with Media Giants." 

Representative Academic Presentations

Ms. Rubin 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 and Beverly Hills Bar Association, the National Association of Television Program Executives (NAPTE), eWomenNetwork and the Writers Guild of America. Ms. Rubin also serves on the Planning Committee for the USC Institute on Entertainment Law and Business.