F. Miguel Valenti is the Lincoln Professor of Ethics and the Arts at Arizona State University, a post he has held since 2004. He is also an active independent film and television producer, an entertainment attorney and an advisor on media and entertainment-related issues.
At ASU, he has been charged with creating the nation’s first hands-on film and media production program grounded in an understanding of ethical decision-making principles, with a strong emphasis on First Amendment freedoms. The degree program, a BA in Film with a Concentration in Film and Media Production, of which Valenti is the principle architect, shall be based in the latest digital and cutting edge technologies and focus on narrative storytelling.
Valenti graduated Yale College in 1980, cum laude, and Yale Law School in 1983. After five years practicing mergers & acquisitions, general corporate and entertainment law at Shearman & Sterling and at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom - two of the world’s leading international law firms - Valenti left law firm legal practice to pursue film and theatrical production. He is a charter member of the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Motion Pictures and Video.
He has created and taught courses on the economic, marketing & social realities of the contemporary film and television industries and the future of entertainment and media at his alma mater, taught producing and the ethics of entertainment at UCLA, and, most recently at ASU, where he also teaches Independent Film, Screenwriting and Producing, as well as an advanced seminar in entertainment law and practice at ASU’s College of Law. He is also developing an entire ethics in entertainment curriculum. He was nominated for 2005 Parents’ Association Professor of the Year honors in his first full year at ASU.