Professor Bruns has taught Entertainment Law at WCL each fall semester since 2013. She has been in the entertainment law field since 1999, when she joined PBS Business Affairs. At PBS, Ms. Bruns was a Senior Business Affairs attorney responsible for negotiating and drafting complex production and distribution agreements and other deals relating to PBS’s television and digital programming. She was the leader of cross-departmental team at PBS that developed a comprehensive digital rights strategy. Ms. Bruns also advised the digital ventures, online, programming, home video, audio visual and other departments on business and legal issues.
Ms. Bruns joined the Motion Picture and Television group at Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp (MSK) in 2008. At MSK, she continued her business affairs and legal work for PBS and has also represented other entertainment industry clients, including producers and distributors in the development, financing, production, acquisition and distribution of television programs, independent films, mobile applications, web sites, interactive transmedia platforms and other multi-media projects. Her work includes representation of a major motion picture studio in an ongoing chain-of-title review and rights analysis of feature film library titles. She also supervises and conducts due diligence reviews for entertainment industry clients. While at MSK, Ms. Bruns has conducted numerous entertainment law and intellectual property Continuing Legal Education seminars.
Prior to entering the entertainment law field, Ms. Bruns was an associate in the Corporate and Securities group at Hunton & Williams in Richmond, Virginia and Washington, DC, focusing on mergers and acquisitions and securities offerings. She earned her J.D. at William & Mary Law School, where she was Managing Editor of the William and Mary Journal of Women and the Law and Co-Chair of the Public Service Fund. Ms. Bruns also holds an A.B. in Art History from Duke University.