Mr. Judd Funk
Associate Professor, Visiting Faculty
- University of Utah, Bachelor of Arts
University of Utah, Juris Doctor
- Judd Funk has worked as an attorney and senior executive in the entertainment industry for 30 years. His media interests were first sparked while still a law student at the University of Utah when he interned at the ABC Washington News Bureau with Ted Koppel at the State Department and Sam Donaldson at the White House. After beginning his legal career as a junior associate with a Musick Peeler in LA, he joined the entertainment legal community as a studio attorney at Columbia Pictures. A year later, he moved over to Twentieth Century Fox to work as Senior Production Counsel during the early “Star Wars” years. In 1984, the Satellite Network of America engaged him as Vice President of Programming to produce events ranging from Beach Boys revival concerts to Price Waterhouse Coopers tax seminars for closed circuit broadcast nationwide. He returned to Hollywood in 1988 where he was made head of Universal Pictures Legal Affairs, administrating its legal department for the next seven years. Thereafter he served as Executive Vice President at New Line Cinema for fifteen years overseeing business and legal affairs. Over the course of his entertainment career, Judd has functioned as either an attorney, business affairs executive or departmental head for over 300 motion pictures and also functioned as co-executive producer of “The Nativity Story.” He is a member of the Executive Branch of the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences.