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Let’s Go To The Movies

If that title doesn’t make you want to sing the rest of the Annie soundtrack, we really can’t be friends. In any case, the holiday season is always an exciting time for the movie business, yet it’s also filled with high...more

I Wonder How Many Other Hollywood Personalities Wish that they had Promised their Boss a Missouri Whooping?

by Fisher Phillips on

I am not encouraging workplace violence, even for individuals who may deserve a good old fashioned whooping. However, it is worth noting that one of the few Hollywood celebrities to have largely survived the onslaught of...more

SEC Warns Celebrities on Endorsing Initial Coin Offerings

The SEC issued a warning to celebrities and others that endorse initial coin offerings and other investments. The SEC noted: Any celebrity or other individual who promotes a virtual token or coin that is a security must...more

Live-Stage Development: The 29-Hour Reading

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Developing a piece of theatre from the ground up, especially an original work, is an expensive exercise. A producer will rarely have the opportunity to review and assess the combined production elements of a work prior to...more

Alan Thicke Estate Dispute Highlights Pre-litigation Threats

by LeClairRyan on

Actor Alan Thicke – best known for his role on the TV show Growing Pains – passed away at the end of 2016, leaving behind a dispute between two of his sons and his third wife. ...more

Broadway Investing: “One For One” And “One For Two” Deals

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

For those of you contemplating investing in commercial theatre, you are bound to hear of the phrase “One for One”, “One for Two” or “One for Three” bandied about in co-producer negotiations. These are deal terms accorded to...more

Not So Entertaining: Cybercrime In The Entertainment Industry

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Although certain industries are known targets for cyber attacks – healthcare, financial, government – cyber attacks pose a threat to all sectors. Organizations in the entertainment industry have increasingly become targets of...more

The Risks And Rewards Of Broadway Front Money

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Financing structures for plays and musicals are unique. While they are in some ways similar to motion picture financing, live theatre has its own set of customs and practices that can be confusing to first time investors. A...more

Vancouver City Council Contemplates Strategies to Reduce Single-Use Waste

by Bennett Jones LLP on

On June 27, 2017, City of Vancouver Staff updated City Council on new strategies to reduce single-use items like disposable cups, plastic and paper shopping bags, foam food packaging and take-out containers. City Staff...more

New York Attorney General Unveils Latest Ticket Bot Enforcement Actions against Ticket Vendors and Software Developer

With summer concerts and music festivals in full swing, many fans will be surprised to find $145 face value tickets reselling online for $3,000 to $11,000....more

The Fate of Chinese Investment and CFIUS in the Time of Trump

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Over the last few years the pace of Chinese direct investment in the U.S. has increased at a remarkable rate. In 2016 the $45 billion of Chinese acquisition and expansion in the U.S. was three times the amount in the...more

Entertainment and Media Litigation Update - June 2017

Ninth Circuit: Website Moderators May Be Agents of ISPs - Why it matters: On April 7, 2017, the Ninth Circuit revived a copyright infringement case filed by a paparazzi group against social media platform LiveJournal that...more

Harvey Keitel Fails Twice to Prove Binding Contract to do Commercials for E*Trade

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

In an action for breach of contract, Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs star Harvey Keitel sued E*Trade based upon a Term Sheet entered into between Keitel and advertising agency Ogilvey & Mather NY (“Ogilvey”) for the actor to...more

Avoid singing the blues: how employers can mitigate wage/hour liability

by FordHarrison on

In the last few years, there have been multiple headlines noting that celebrities are being sued for their (or their businesses’) failure to pay wages in accordance with applicable state and/or federal law. Two such recent...more

Reforms Lead to New Opportunities in Saudi Arabia - Transformative changes in Saudi Arabia are opening up new opportunities in...

Saudi Arabia has recently adopted new policies aimed at transforming its economy, including plans to sell shares in the state oil company, Saudi Aramco, and to expand its Public Investment Fund (PIF) to diversify its...more

Broadway Producers Awarded $90,000 from New York Jury

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

A New York jury found ex-publicist Marc Thibodeau liable for breach of contract and tortious interference for a Broadway production called Rebecca, which was supposed to premiere on Broadway. The jury did not find Thibodeau...more

DarkOverlord Allegedly Hits Netflix and Releases Orange Is The New Black Episodes

We have previously reported about the activities of The DarkOverlord. It is now being reported that a hacker and/or hacking group known as The DarkOverlord announced on Twitter over the weekend that it has absconded with...more

Agreeing to Agree: Commercial Division Rules Twice that Term Sheets Were Not Binding Agreements

In two recent decisions, Justices Charles E. Ramos and Saliann Scarpulla of the New York Commercial Division ruled that term sheets were not binding agreements. Keitel v. E*Trade Fin. Corp., No. 652220/2015, 2017 BL 131532...more

China: Whose voice is it? – The arbitral award is out… but the case is not concluded…

by Hogan Lovells on

The Hong Kong International Arbitration Center (“HKIAC”) has recently issued its final award in the trademark litigation saga surrounding “The Voice of China”. This case is high-profile and interesting, because it involves...more

Privacy Tip #82 – Downloading Free Entertainment is an Easy Way to Infect Your Computer with Malware

Remember when TV was free? Okay, most of you don’t, and I was just a tot, but back in the day, it was free. We didn’t have dozens of channels or choices, but everyone could watch the major networks and PBS without a cost....more

#ShowMeTheMoney: Sofia Vergara’s Settlement of Social Media False Endorsement Lawsuit Highlights Modern Legal Issue

Last month, Sofia Vergara, star of ABC’s Modern Family, reached a settlement in a lawsuit brought by the actress against beauty company Venus Concept for alleged improper use of her likeness on television and in social media,...more

Social Media Showdown

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

Commentator and writer Tomi Lahren has filed suit in Dallas County, Texas, against Glenn Beck and TheBlaze, Inc. (“TBI”). Judging from the complaint, the issues include the defendants’ continuing exercise of control over a...more

3D Printing Quarterly Report - Q1 2017

by Benesch on

IDC forecasts that worldwide spending on 3D printers, along with associated software, materials and services, will reach $28.9 billion in 2020, compared to an estimated $13.2 billion in 2016. It’s expected that the...more

Update: Casting Society Reverses Position, Supports Members Charged in Pay-to-Play Scheme

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

We reported recently that Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer brought misdemeanor charges against five casting workshops, alleging that they were in effect charging actors for auditions in violation of the Krekorian Talent...more

Chinese Foreign Investments in Hollywood

After a record-breaking 2016 for Chinese companies’ investments in the film industry, changes to Chinese foreign investment policy have created uncertainty for the future of Hollywood’s relationship with the Middle...more

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