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Lloyd Braun: More Than Just a ‘Seinfeld’ Character

He was the inspiration for the character of George Costanza’s childhood friend Lloyd Braun on “Seinfeld,” but there’s a lot more to the real-life Lloyd Braun than a punchline.

The UC Hastings Law School alum began his career as an entertainment lawyer, but eventually moved over to the creative side of the business. Since then he’s had a hand in developing some of the biggest hit shows in television history, including “Lost,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Boston Legal,” and “The Sopranos.”  In 2007, after a stint as head of Yahoo’s media group, Braun co-founded BermanBraun, an independent media company.

In the latest installment of “Legally Speaking,” from UC Hastings and California Lawyer, Braun speaks with Hastings Law School Dean Frank Wu about his career and the profound changes that are now rocking the entertainment industry.

Watch “A Conversation with Lloyd Braun,” online now.

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UCTV Coming Soon to Santa Barbara Cable

Thanks to UC Santa Barbara’s determined efforts, the cities of Santa Barbara, Goleta and Carpinteria have designated UCTV/UCSB-TV as a higher education channel to be carried on Cox cable channel 72 throughout the county. The channel launches January 10 and we couldn’t be more excited.

Reposted from UCSB’s Office of Public Affairs

Beginning next week, television viewers in the Santa Barbara area will have a new means of experiencing the scholarly research, scientific breakthroughs, and media and fine arts that distinguish the University of California and, more specifically, UC Santa Barbara. On Tuesday, January 10, University of California Television (UCTV) will make its Santa Barbara debut on Cox Cable channel 72.

The new channel will be announced at Tuesday’s Santa Barbara City Council meeting.

With the launch of UCSB TV, the campus’s UCTV channel, audiences in Santa Barbara, Goleta, and Carpinteria will enjoy round-the-clock programming across a range of areas, including arts and music, business, health and medicine, agriculture, the humanities and social sciences, and science and technology.

“UCSB TV provides another exciting opportunity for our campus to serve our local community,” said UCSB Chancellor Henry T. Yang. “From the humanities and fine arts to science and technology, our campus –– and the UC system as a whole –– offers a wealth of educational, informational, and cultural events. This new higher education channel will allow the entire Santa Barbara area to be part of our dynamic learning environment.”

UCSB already provides roughly 30 percent of UCTV’s programming, with series and documentaries such as “Debating Darwin”; “Voices,” in which UCSB faculty members and guests discuss issues and topics ranging from poetry to scientific research, to historical figures and their impact on society; and the Technology Management Program. Recent programming from the campus’s Carsey-Wolf Center includes the conference Law & Order: Changing Television,” a daylong event that explored the significance of the Law & Order brand and its extraordinary success during its more than 20-year run.

“UCTV creates a place where viewers can participate in the life of the University of California and the communities that surround its 10 campuses,” said Constance Penley, professor of film and media studies at UCSB and co-director of the Carsey-Wolf Center. Penley also serves as faculty member at-large on the UCTV systemwide advisory board. “As part of the nation’s largest and preeminent public university system, the channel and Web site are at the center of new thinking, scientific breakthroughs, and fresh ideas.”

Showcasing the excellence and diversity of the nation’s premiere research university, UCTV embraces the core missions of the University of California –– teaching, research, and public service –– through quality, in-depth television that informs, educates, and enriches the lives of people around the globe. Other current programming includes UC San Francisco’s “Winning the War on Cancer in the 21st Century”; UC Berkeley’s “Exploring and Protecting the Deep Frontier with Sylvia Earle,” and its “Great Minds Gather Here” series, which features lectures by the Dalai Lama, Bill Moyers, Ingrid Betancourt, Michael Pollan, and Elizabeth Warren; and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s “Science on Saturdays.”

“Each campus is a treasure trove of knowledge, culture and informed discussion, and UCTV provides a platform to share that treasure with the public,” said Lynn Burnstan, managing director of UCTV. “Clearly, the desire to serve the public discourse is great, because I regularly hear from new campus departments, organizations and faculty interested in expanding the reach of their work through UCTV’s television and Web outlets.”

Since its inception in 2000 as an academic initiative of the UC Office of the President, UCTV has grown into a robust satellite, cable, and online network that transports knowledge far beyond the individual campuses. UCTV has broadcast over 5,000 programs on a variety of topics that have expanded the public’s knowledge and appreciation of research, including its impact on everyday life. Currently, UCTV is available on over 60 cable systems around the country, reaching 23 million households, and millions more with its Web site and popular YouTube and iTunesU channels.

“Eventually, UCSB will be able to create even more of our own programming that will include a variety of series and specials to air on UCSB TV in primetime,” said Penley. An advisory board comprised of UCSB faculty and staff members, students, and others will help the campus create television and related Web programs, she noted.

“The excellent programming that UCSB increasingly contributes will advance UCTV as the global digital brand of the University of California,” Penley said.

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An Asphalt Education

UC San Diego parking lot perched atop a canyon

Every once in awhile, we hear from an organization outside the U.S. looking to launch an educational TV channel similar to UCTV: no-frills content, rich with information, designed to bring the intellectual inspiration found on a university campus to the general public. What do they want to know? How the heck we program a 24/7 television channel with quality content on the tiniest of budgets.

The simplified answer is this: we see ourselves as a gatherer and disseminator of the boundless knowledge being generated on the University of California’s ten campuses, medical schools, national labs and other affiliated institutions. We’re not astrophysicists, autism experts or art historians, but we have access to them (and myriad others) and make it our mission to bring what they do and why they do it to our viewers in as pure–and hopefully understandable–a form as possible.

Our job isn’t to “spin,” mediate or truncate–there’s enough of that in the world of commercial media. No, our goal is to find, encourage and assist dedicated UC faculty and staff in bringing what they do to the world, and we’ve been doing that job for over 11 years. Exactly how we do this is what we share with the ambitious souls who reach out to us, as a station from Saudi Arabia recently did and Brazil’s Canal Futura, which invited our director to Rio de Janeiro to talk to university representatives from around the country.

But every once in awhile, they teach us a thing or two. This was certainly the case last week when we were visited by a representative from Berlin-based Da VinciU, a television channel currently gathering educational content to share with their predominantly Eastern European audience.

As is almost always the case, our visitor got a little lost trying to find our tiny building situated on the edge of UC San Diego‘s sprawling 1,200-acre campus.  After finally settling in to our director’s office, just a little winded, she explained how strange it is to see a university with so much space for things like dorms, sculpture gardens, outdoor plazas, even hiking trails. European cities have been built to capacity for hundreds of years, so space is at a premium. More often than not, an urban university is just one of many institutions that line the historic avenues. Not so in Southern California, and certainly not at UC San Diego, which only just celebrated its 50th anniversary. In European years, we’re still in diapers.

But what really blew this Berliner away was the amount of space we set aside for….parking lots. To us it seems like there’s never an open spot to store our cars while we’re at work, and we have to pay a pretty penny for the privilege. But to a European urbanite who most likely doesn’t even own a car, the idea of wasting precious land for fields of asphalt just seems ridiculous.

No argument here. But how do we change what’s become an integral part of the SoCal lifestyle? This is just one of the many research questions being pondered across the university by researchers specializing in urban planning, transportation, engineering, alternative energy, and more. If and when they figure out a way to transform our parking lots into truly usable space, we’ll let you know.

In the meantime, check out these related programs on UCTV:

Urban Planning

Energy Policy

Sustainability and Public Policy

And these related UC centers and academic programs:

University of California Transportation Center

UC Berkeley Institute of Transportation Studies

UC Irvine Institute of Transportation Studies

UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies

UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies

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