15 February 2017
Cornell alumnus Kevin Morris ’85 helped get “South Park” off the ground, was a producer of Tony Award winning musical “Book of Mormon,” and is coming to campus for a book reading and signing as part of the Bethe Ansatz guest series at Hans Bethe House.
Kevin is the founding partner of entertainment law firm Morris Yorn Barnes Levine Krintzman Rubenstein Kohner & Gellman in Century City, California, and he specializes in representing prominent actors, writers, and directors in the motion picture and television industries. He also advises and consults for a number of companies focused on distribution of entertainment content over emerging digital platforms.
In addition to striking the original "South Park" deal with Comedy Central for Trey Parker and Matt Stone, Kevin negotiated a new deal for the creators that gave the pair an even bigger cut as part of a three-year extension.
He writes frequently about media and entertainment matters, and his articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times.
His first book, 2014 story collection “White Man’s Problems,” earned wide literary acclaim as it explored the grey areas of modern life and took an unforgettable tour of the male psyche.
Now, his novel “All Joe Knight” focuses on one character's rough-and-tough beginnings and his scramble to achieve the American dream.
Kevin is our guest for the Bethe Ansatz series on Wednesday, February 22 at 7:15pm in the Hans Bethe House Common Room, and he'll be reading from the new book, as well as taking some time for a discussion. The event is free and open to members of the Cornell community and the public.
He'll also be at a book signing at The Cornell Store on Thursday, February 23 from 10-11am. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.