Welch Integrated, Inc. and StudentFilmmakers.com announced that Jim McCullaugh, Esq., previous publisher of the American Cinematographer magazine, has joined the Board of Advisors of Student Filmmakers, a magazine to be launched by Welch Integrated, Inc. and StudentFilmmakers.com in April 2006. StudentFilmmakers.com is for aspiring filmmakers, and its primary goal is to encourage and support new and independent film and video makers. The online portal is a resource and creative community for students, professionals, and educators.
"Jim McCullaugh will help with the legal and planning issues as we begin publishing our print magazines in 2006," said Kim E. Welch, Director of StudentFilmmakers.com. "Jim joins us as a member of our impressive and growing board of advisors. I have worked with Jim for many years, and I know him as a passionate, hard-working professional with the kind of experience, integrity and wisdom we need. We at Welch Integrated, Inc. are very pleased to have Jim on our team."
Mr. McCullaugh was the Executive Director of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC), a pre-eminent Hollywood Film Society, where he ran the entire business operation and was responsible for the greatest period of growth and accolades in the Society's history. At the same time, he was the publisher of the award-winning American Cinematographer magazine, as well as publisher of the ASC Press, where he spearheaded the publication of six highly successful books, including the ASC Film Manual, which became the only book in the history of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences to earn a special citation. He was also the business architect of the ASC's website.
"The world of filmmaking is changing. The equipment is becoming more affordable and technology is enabling more access by more people,” said Mr. McCullaugh. "Student Filmmakers can be at the vanguard of this revolution in filmmaking and film distribution."
He continued, "Student Filmmakers can be the voice of the new cinema millennium -- edgy, brilliant, bold, cutting edge and provocative."
Earlier in his professional career, Mr. McCullaugh was a journalist with Billboard magazine and has written extensively about all aspects of the entertainment business over the years. At one time he was the Home Entertainment Editor at Billboard magazine. He has also been published in the Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone and Playboy.
In 1995, Mr. McCullaugh co-authored a book called Entertainment in the Cyber Zone: Exploring the Interactive Universe of Multimedia which was published by Random House. Subsequently he helped to develop M3 (Multimedia Merchandising Magazine), a trade monthly devoted to the CD-ROM and interactive media industries.
Mr. McCullaugh has been a California attorney since 1992. He brings an extraordinary professional and life-experience background to practicing law. He is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the San Fernando Valley Bar Association, the Beverly Hills Bar Association and the Irish American Bar Association. Born in New York City, he graduated from New York University with a B.A. degree and earned a Juris Doctorate Degree (J.D.) from Southwestern University School of Law in 1991. He was admitted to the California Bar in 1992.
Mr. McCullaugh's solo practice primarily focuses on Elder Law and Family Law with an emphasis on Estate Planning, Wills & Trusts, Power of Attorney, Probate, Trust Administration, Health Care Directives, Dissolution, Pre-Nuptial Agreements, Paternity, Child Custody, Guardianships, Adoptions, Domestic Partnerships, Restraining Orders/Civil Harassment and related areas. Mr. McCullaugh also handles general civil matters. Mr. McCullaugh prides himself on compassionate, hands-on dealings with his clients and their needs.
Mr. McCullaugh also donates time to pro bono work for such organizations as the Harriet Buhai Family Law Center, the Barristers Pro Bono Domestic Violence Project, People Assisting The Homeless (P.A.T.H.), the HIV & AIDS Legal Services Alliance (HALSA), the Self-Help Legal Access Centers, the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, Bet Tzedek, The Alliance for Children's Rights, The Gay & Lesbian Alliance, and others. Mr. McCullaugh is also a member of the board and legal counsel to the non-profit Caritas Corporation.
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