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Entrepreneur takes career to new heights with master’s degree

USC Gould School of Law • May 9, 2024
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As an entrepreneur in the entertainment and fashion industries, Leslie W. Tsang has been charting her path across Hong Kong. Now, with a Master of Studies in Law and a certificate in Entertainment Law and Industry through USC Gould School of Law’s online program, she is poised for new heights as a member of the Class of 2024.

What are your plans after graduation?

I am a founder of Fineapple Asia, an artiste management company in Hong Kong. With the knowledge I have gained, after graduation, I will continue to grow my company, and explore future contribution in global entertainment companies in bridging Asia and Hollywood markets.

How is your degree going to help your career/future plans?

My Master of Studies in Law degree and Entertainment Law and Industry certificate provided immense knowledge and expertise in entertainment law. This deep understanding can enhance my career prospects as a specialist in the field, especially since I might be among the very few in Hong Kong with a background in entertainment law and the knowledge of how the Hollywood entertainment industry works. Attending a well-respected school like USC Gould School of Law can enhance professional credibility, and I believe my degree can open up doors to more opportunities on a global level together with networking opportunities, which can be valuable to my career and future plans.

Is there a class, professor or other person that shaped your experience in law school?

I loved the Entertainment Law & Industry class! The class was taught by Professor Daniel Yankelevits and Julie Haffner, who both have an extensive background in film and TV. Professor Yankelevits is Executive Vice President, Legal Affairs at Sony Pictures and also the co-author of the class textbook “Hollywood Dealmaking,” and Professor Haffner is the Senior Director, Business & Legal Affairs at Netflix. We had a big class as it was two classes merged together, and almost every live session invited a very interesting guest speaker that gave us a 360-degree, real-world overview of the modern entertainment industry from film to tv and music, from the actor’s perspective to the studio’s perspective, and from streaming platforms to virtual reality.

I also was fascinated by my Negotiation class. The strategies, dos and don’ts will stay with me for a lifetime in not just contract negotiations but everyday negotiations in any context.

Is there anything else you want people to know about you?

Other than being an artist manager, and now an MSL graduate, I also hold certification in graphic design from Parsons School of Design and am a designer for Movers & Cashmere, a cashmere fashion label that I founded in 2016. Perfect harmony in my left and right brain!

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