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Eric Saltzman

Eric Saltzman

A 1972 graduate of Harvard Law School, Eric F. Saltzman began his career as a criminal defense attorney in Seattle’s and Boston’s public defender offices. While teaching in Harvard Law School’s Criminal Trial Advocacy program, Saltzman took up filmmaking at MIT’s Film Section and re-creating trials as teaching tools. Moving from re-creation to verite, Saltzman introduced cameras into actual courtrooms with The Shooting of Big Man: Anatomy of a Criminal Case (a two hour special on ABC News in 1979). For CBS News, he produced and directed Miami: The Trial That Sparked the Riots, an investigation of a policekilling, its cover-up, and the ultimate trial of the police officers. These and other films won Emmy and ABA Silver Gavel awards, among others. In the mid-1980s, Saltzman entered the the film business, acquiring and licensing libraries of classic motion picture and television programs for then emerging media such as cable, microwave and satellite transmission. In 2000-2002, Saltzman was executive director of Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society. He is a member of the bars of Washington State and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and on the boards of not-for-profits in the area of race and poverty and the extension of Internet services to the human rights and legal services sectors, He is a founder and board member of Creative Commons. He lives with his wife and two boys in Cambridge, Massachusetts.