Lisa Macklem

Media and Entertainment Strategist

“Working with HearVue is an opportunity to combine my experience at staging large-scale events with my experience in entertainment and media law to help increase accessibility to such events. HearVue is a natural fit with my ongoing research and work on cultural access for everyone.”

Lisa Macklem is a PhD Candidate in Law at Western University and was a scholarship fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) for the 2015/2016 session. In the summer of 2017, Lisa returned to CIGI as a Research Assistant. Her Canadian JD (law degree) is with a specialization in Intellectual Property and Information Technology and her American LLM is with a specialization in Entertainment and Media law. She is a member of the Bar Associations of Ontario (OBA), Canada (CBA), the U.S. (ABA), and Beverly Hills (BHBA). Currently, Lisa is on the Executive of the Ontario Bar Association’s Entertainment, Media, and Communications Law Section, serving as Public Affairs Liaison. She is also on the Editorial Board of The Journal of Fandom Studies and previously was a student editor and then a member of the alumni Editorial Board for the ABA Journal of International Media and Entertainment Law.

Lisa regularly presents on media, copyright, entertainment law, international law and trade, and popular culture. Media appearances include Current Topic (Intellectual Property Rights) on Gujarat, India television, January 2018; Canada AM in May 2016; and in August 2015, This Week in the Law on the This Week in Tech (TWiT) network, speaking on recent developments in technology and Internet law. Her dissertation is on the regulation of digital content on the Internet with a focus on the entertainment industry and culture. Among the issues that she studies are Entertainment and Media law, International law, trade and UN regulatory frameworks, telecommunications regulations, technology law, and Intellectual Property law, particularly copyright.

In addition to her legal degrees, Lisa also holds an MA in Media Studies and remains active in the Entertainment and Media Industry. While completing her LLM in Los Angeles, she externed with Screen Capital International, NuMedia Studios, and Cinema Libre Studio. Between 2013 and 2014 she was a consultant for CTS Productions in Montreal and has done consulting for various entertainment production and management companies. Among her publications in this area are two forthcoming collections on Supernatural that she is co-editing for McFarland, one of the leading publishers of academic non-fiction in the United States.

Lisa has also worked on the more practical side of entertainment, having stage managed for U.S.-based Creation Entertainment for five years. In addition to running the stage, duties also included liaising with facilities and managing technology needs. She also writes for SpoilerTV.com, an entertainment site, doing reviews, interviews, and covering events such as Fan Expo in Toronto and San Diego Comic Con. Finally, she is active in the Science Fiction community, volunteering for the World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) in several capacities; for LonCon in 2014, as Theatre Head, she produced seven plays in five days. More recently, she has been Social Media Head and Co-Theatre Head for Dublin2019 Worldcon and is Facilities Division Head for Titancon/Eurocon 2019 in Belfast.

Lisa brings a tremendous wealth of knowledge and expertise to HearVue as we launch our movement for communication accessibility in Canada and beyond!

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