Elizabeth PolkBoard Member

Elizabeth Powell is Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs at IM Global. IM Global is one of the leading film financing, sales an distribution companies in the world, championing a wide variety of cinema, including mainstream commercial, art house, foreign language and genre fare. Elizabeth was previously with Essential Entertainment Media, L.L.C. in Los Angeles. Elizabeth serves as Essential’s primary counsel with respect to worldwide distribution, development, production and general corporate matters. She also provided on-site legal support at the Cannes Film Festival and the American Film Market.

Prior to Essential, Elizabeth held a position at the William Morris Agency. During law school, she volunteered at the El Monte Workers Right Clinic and clerked at the Screen Actors Guild, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and Neighborhood Legal Services.

In addition to Elizabeth’s entertainment related pursuits, she is passion about real estate, architecture and design. Combining her public interest work in law school with her interest in real estate, Elizabeth, along with three colleagues, participated in private equity fundraising, negotiated with national banking institutions, collaborated with affordable housing organizations and formed a company that purchased, rehabilitated and sold distressed properties to moderate- and low-income family households.

Elizabeth holds a B.A. in Radio/TV/Film Production from Howard University and a J.D. from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. She is a member of California Bar and serves on the Legal Committee of the Independent Film & Television Alliance (“IFTA”), the Board of The Blackhouse Foundation and is co-chair of the entertainment committee of the John M. Langston Bar Association.