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Joel Timmer

Film, Television and Digital Media

j.timmer@tcu.edu | 817-257-7635


Ph.D., Indiana University
J.D., University of California Los Angeles School of Law
B.S., Miami University

Courses Taught

FTDM 10013 – TV Studies for Non-Majors
FTDM 20523 – Business of Media
FTDM 30573 – Broadcast & Cable Programming
FTDM 30813 – TV Number Ones
FTDM 40223 – Entertainment Law
FTDM 40503 – Media Law
FTDM 40813 – Sex and Violence

Areas of Focus

Government regulation of sex and violence in the media. Legal issues in film and television production.

  • The Depiction of Trademarked Landmarks in Fictional Films: Protections for Filmmakers from Liability for Trademark Infringement or Trademark Dilution, John Marshall Review of Intellectual Property Law 676.
  • Viewpoint Discrimination in the Military’s Filmmakers Assistance Program and the First Amendment.
  • Television Violence and Industry Self-Regulation: The V-Chip, Television Program Ratings, and the TV Parental Guidelines Oversight Monitoring Board, Communication Law & Policy.
  • Restricting Portrayals of Film Violence to Reduce the Likelihood of Negative Effects in Viewers: Did the Framers of the Motion Picture Production Code Get It Right?, Journal of Popular Film & Television.
  • Violence as Obscenity: Offensiveness and the First Amendment, Communication Law & Policy.
  • The Seven Dirty Words You Can Say on Cable and DBS: Extending Broadcast Indecency Regulation and the First Amendment, Communication Law & Policy.
  • Incrementalism and Policymaking on Television Violence, Communication Law & Policy.
  • Broadcast, Cable, and Digital Must Carry: The Other Digital Divide, Communication Law & Policy.
  • Practiced entertainment law.
  • Worked for the Federal Communications Commission and for a consulting firm that provided business and regulatory advice to major entertainment companies.
  • Business writer.
  • Commercial credit analyst.
  • Salesperson of TV advertisements.