Harvey Levin, ’75: “How to Use a Law Degree to Start a Business and Make It Successful”
Harvey Levin is an American television producer, lawyer, legal analyst and celebrity reporter. He is the founder of celebrity gossip website, TMZ.com. He currently serves as Managing Editor and Executive Producer of TMZ Productions, Inc.
Mr. Levin received his B.A in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his J.D from the University of Chicago in 1975. Following law school, he was an active attorney in California working in various legal roles in the entertainment industry – most notably, he served as a legal reporter on KCBS-TV in Los Angeles, where he reported on the O.J Simpson murder trial. Mr. Levin later moved to New York to work as a legal analyst for the revival of The People’s Court – a show he had appeared on during the ‘80s and early 90s as a legal consultant. He later became host of the series in 1998. Mr. Levin also served as creator and executive producer for Celebrity Justice from 2002 – 2005. Harvey Levin then went on to launch TMZ.com which quickly took off to become one of the most-cited entertainment news sources, utilized by national network and local newsgathering organizations across the country