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George Mason University

Lisa Thrasher

Assistant Professor of Film Business and Producing

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  • 703-993-3722 (office)
  • College Hall, C214
    4400 University Drive
    Fairfax, VA 22030

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Lisa Thrasher, J.D., is an Independent Film Producer, Entertainment Law Specialist and Film Professor, currently an Assistant Professor of Film Business and Producing at George Mason University.  Lisa earned her Juris Doctorate degree from Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles, focusing on Intellectual Property & Entertainment Law and studied at Parsons School of Design and Virginia Commonwealth University, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography & Film.

At POWER UP Films, Lisa was President of Film Production & Distribution conducting all Film, TV & PSA development, production and distribution, including:  “GIRLTRASH: All Night Long;” “ITTY BITTY TITTY COMMITTEE,” (Berlinale “Teddy Award” Nominee & South by Southwest “Best Narrative Feature Jury Award); “Get to Know Us First” PSA (NBC,ABC, CBS); “Little Black Boot,” (Sundance) “Billy’s Dad is a Fudge-Packer” (Sundance) and “DEBS,” (Sundance, Berlinale); and Stuck (Sundance.)

At 20th Century Fox, Lisa did International Anti-Piracy Litigation & Trademark Prosecution and Anti-Piracy Advocacy seated on the Motion Picture Association's International Anti-Piracy Committee with Sony, Universal, MGM, Disney, Paramount and Warner Bros where Lisa conducted negotiations with Foreign Heads of State, including Mexico’s President Vicente Fox, to protect the Studios’ Films.

Also a Film Professor/Film Festival Panelist at: Chung Ang University in Seoul, Korea; The Goethe Institut in Johannesburg, South Africa and The South African Broadcasting Corp in Cape Town for Out in Africa; University at Buffalo; Ohio State University “Pop! Impact Forum;” Madrid’s Spanish Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences; South by Southwest “Gender and Sexuality in Film;” and a Short Film Screener for the Sundance Film Festival.  Lisa also worked on documentaries for Producer Michael Paseornek, CEO/Founder of Lion’s Gate Films, and a Reality Television Producer on "Lunch Box Heros" (NBC) starring Leslie Nielson and "Open For Business" (PBS) starring Itzhak Perlman.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Photography & Film, 1990, Virginia Commonwealth University


JD, Law, Southwestern University School of Law (2000)

BFA, Photography and Film, Virginia Commonwealth University (1990)

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Appointment: Tenure-Track

Faculty Rank: Assistant Professor

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