Gerard Butler Charged with Criminal Battery in Los Angeles

Law of Hollywood Land

300 ’s Gerard Butler was charged in Los Angeles county courts earlier this week for criminal battery against a photographer. Gerard Butler charged with Criminal Battery.

Pauly Shore sues brother over control of Comedy Store

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

By Matthew Belloni A family feud over the future of Los Angeles' venerable Comedy Store spilled into court today. Actor/comedian Pauly Shore sued brother Peter Shore alleging Pauly was improperly removed from the family company's board of directors and suggesting.

Courtney Love loses motion to dismiss Twitter defamation case

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

By Eriq Gardner A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has denied Courtney Love's attempts to throw out what may be a precedent-setting Twitter defamation lawsuit. In March, clothing designer Dawn Simorangkir sued Love for defamation, invasion of privacy and infliction.

Jack Klugman sues Universal again over 'Quincy' profits

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

In a lawsuit filed today in Los Angeles Superior Court, Klugman claims his deal with NBC to. By Matthew Belloni Actor Jack Klugman is accusing Universal Studios of hiding millions in profits from the classic NBC medical series "Quincy, M.E."

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'Precious' lawsuit tossed; no signed writing for copyright transfer

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

By Matthew Belloni A Federal judge in Los Angeles has dismissed a key portion of The Weinstein Co.'s s litigation over rights to the Sundance hit "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' By Sapphire." We've been following this case since January, Tags: Litigation

Interdependence Day

DealFatigue

There’s been quite a bit of up-selling of independent pictures in Hollywood.

Interdependence Day

DealFatigue

There’s been quite a bit of up-selling of independent pictures in Hollywood.

Interdependence Day

DealFatigue

There’s been quite a bit of up-selling of independent pictures in Hollywood.

MANNY PACQUIAO TO ATTEND 2009 PABA INSTALLATOIN DINNER

Entertainment Litigation Blog

Also receiving awards from PABA will be California State Bar President Holly Fujie (Distinguished Advocate for Diversity Award), Assemblyman Warren Furutani (Distinguished Community Service Award) and Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley (Distinguished Leadership Award).

IP Law, Cultural Norms, and Traditional Knowledge

Media Law Prof Blog

Munzer and Kal Raustiala, University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, have published The Uneasy Case for Intellectual Property Rights in Traditional Knowledge, at 27 Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal 37 (2009). Stephen R. Here is the abstract

Cannes Day Six: New Media Panel

Thompson On Hollywood

Tags: Cannes Los Angeles Times Media New Media James Rocchi John Horn Karina Longworth Los Angeles Times New Media Panel Sharon Waxman The Wrap

LAT Makes Entertainment Changes

Thompson On Hollywood

Los Angeles Times. Tags: Los Angeles Times Craig Turner Los Angeles Times Sallie Hofmeister The LAT is finally making the threatened changes in their entertainment coverage. The Calendar, online and business sections have always been balkanized states, so it will be fascinating to see how they merge together under then direction of new Arts and Entertainment editor Craig Turner, an LAT veteran. Here's the announcement story.

LA Film Fest Appoints Director Yeldham

Thompson On Hollywood

The Los Angeles Film Festival has nabbed producer Rebecca Yeldham as their new fest director. But she began to realize that her own enthusiasm for the prospect of redefining and building a world-class film festival in Los Angeles was taking her over.

L.A. approves incentive package

Gordon P. Firemark

approves incentive package : “Runaway Production: City aims to keep film, TV productions in town — There’s no tax credits in there yet, but the Los Angeles City Council has approved a package of incentives aimed at keeping film and TV productions in Los Angeles.

Risky Business at UCLA February 20, 2009

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

The 11th CineVegas Film Festival was held June 10 - 15, 2009 at the Palms Casino Resort and Brenden Theatres in Las Vegas Mark will present his "Risky Business: Financing & Distributing Independent Films" seminar at at UCLA on February 20. Those who attend this comprehensive one-day seminar will learn how independent films are financed and distributed.

Recession Red: LACMA Shuts Down Film Program

Thompson On Hollywood

The cash crunch is hitting the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, which has quietly been letting go of many of its curators. Tags: Cash Crunch American Cinematheque film program LACMA Los Angeles County Museum

Don Johnson Earns First Paycheck in Years

JetLawBlog

A Los Angeles County jury recently awarded Don Johnson $23.2 The increasing costs of celebrity legal troubles has strained the Los Angeles County Judicial System, which is facing layoffs and budget cuts in the midst of California’s state budget problems.

LAFF Film Fest Wrap

Thompson On Hollywood

FILM INDEPENDENT ANNOUNCES AWARD WINNERS OF 2009 LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL. The Los Angeles Film Festival, presented by The Los Angeles Times, ran from Thursday, June 18 to Sunday, June 28.

Operating Broadcast Stations in an Emergency - AM Operations at Night, STAs and Other Issues

Broadcast Law Blog

The threat from the recent fires to the tower farm on Mount Wilson from which many of the radio and television stations serving the Los Angeles area operate highlight the need for broadcasters to have an emergency plan in the event that some local catastrophe affects their tower site.

LAT Hires Fritz, Variety Adds Morris

Thompson On Hollywood

Tags: Boxoffice Los Angeles Times Terminator Ben Fritz blogs Chris Morris Dana Harris LA Times Variety

LA Observed Rooftop Party

Thompson On Hollywood

Hot topics: Jay vs. Conan, Twitter vs. Facebook, Melton vs. Rachlis at Los Angeles Magazine, getting into Comic-Con, and making money blogging.

LAFF: Public Enemies is Centerpiece

Thompson On Hollywood

In keeping with Film Independent's recent policy of pursuing Hollywood studio summer movies, the 2009 Los Angeles Film Festival will include as its Centerpiece a Sony gangster movie, Michael Mann's Public Enemies , starring Johnny Depp as John Dillinger.

Finke's Peters Exclusive: Masters Had It A Month Ago

Thompson On Hollywood

Tags: Bloggers Books Los Angeles Times Jon Peters Kim Masters Nikki Finke Patrick Goldstein

LAFF: Yeldham Leads Charge

Thompson On Hollywood

It's crucial that new Los Angeles Film Festival director Rebecca Yeldham programmed an indie opener for Thursday night's LAFF launch. Tags: Film Festivals Indies LAFF Los Angeles Film festival Paper Man Ponyo Public Enemies Rebecca Yeldham Transformers

"KABABAYAN LA" TELEVISION APPEARANCE

Entertainment Litigation Blog

PROMOTING THE 2009 PHILIPPINE BAR ASSOCIATION DINNER Here's the video of my appearance on the "Kababayan LA" television show on KCSI-TV 18 in Los Angeles hosted by the lovely, Jannelle So.

Saving Journalism: from Obama to Pincus

Thompson On Hollywood

Tags: Bloggers Breaking News Current Affairs Los Angeles Times Media New Media Barack Obama correspondents dinner Daily Beast journalism Sarah Lacy Sharon Waxman Walter Pincus

Star Stories, Google Trend Traffic

Thompson On Hollywood

Tags: Ben Affleck Bloggers Google Los Angeles Times Media New Media New York Times Russell Crowe Google hot trend Robin Hood Russell Crowe State of Play Susan Boyle

JUDGE MICHAEL J. O'GARA TAKES THE BENCH

Entertainment Litigation Blog

O'Gara, was enrobed as a Los Angeles Superior Court judge earlier this week. Judge O'Gara was elected to the bench after a distinguished career with the Los Angeles District Attorney's office. A good friend from UCLA, Michael J.

Thompson On Hollywood - Untitled Article

Thompson On Hollywood

I'm enjoying Wired , More , Los Angeles Magazine , even Vanity Fair. Tags: Ben Affleck Los Angeles Times Marketing Media Russell Crowe advertorial Ben Affleck LAT magazines media newspapers NYT Rachel McAdams Russell Crowe State of Play The Soloist

LAFF: Paper Man So-So, Indie Financing, Stoning of Soraya M.

Thompson On Hollywood

Tags: Film Festivals Adam Yauch LAFF Laura Bickford Los Angeles Film festival Robert Teitel Ted Mundorff

Three Membership First Candidates Elected to AFTRA Boards

Digital Media Law

The AFTRA Los Angeles results are in. Many candidates were reelected, but new winners include two Membership First leaders—SAG 1 st VP Anne-Marie Johnson (AFTRA national board) and former SAG Hollywood Board member David Jolliffe (AFTRA Los Angeles local board)—as well as Membership First member Alan Ruck (AFTRA national board). One-hundred-and-ninety-eight (198) Los Angeles Delegates to AFTRA's 62nd National Convention were also elected.

The Laurel Canyon Goats are Leaving!

Digital Media Law

Her 2009 email message also noted that the couple had “more milk and cheese than we can consume.” The Frescos’ companions are strictly residential, by the way, and shouldn’t be confused with municipal and non-profit goats employed to clear fire-prone brush by the likes of the cities of Los Angeles and Laguna Beach and the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve. There comes a point in everyone’s life when it’s time to gather one’s herd and leave the hustle and bustle of the big city.

SAG Stalemate Update

Digital Media Law

All seven incumbent AFTRA Los Angeles Officers were named candidates for re-election by the AFTRA Los Angeles Nominating Committee and will run unopposed for additional two-year terms. They include Los Angeles President Ron Morgan; First Vice President Susan Boyd Joyce; Second Vice President Gabrielle Carteris; Third Vice President Bobbie Bates; Fourth Vice President Jason George; Recording Secretary Patrika Darbo; and Treasurer Jay Gerber.

Dueling Journo Divas

Thompson On Hollywood

Tags: Media Claudia Eller Lionsgate Los Angeles Times Nikki Finke Sharon Waxman Summit The Wrap

Handel appointed Adjunct Professor at UCLA School of Law to teach entertainment unions & guilds course

Digital Media Law

If you work in tech, check out my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets. ——————— TroyGould’s Jonathan Handel Becomes Adjunct Professor at UCLA School of Law Entertainment and Media Law and Policy Class to Focus on Unions and Guilds LOS ANGELES – October 1, 2009 – Jonathan Handel , of counsel and member of TroyGould ’s Entertainment, Sports and Media Department, has become an adjunct professor at the UCLA School of Law.

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“Octomom the Musical” Opens in LA to Sellout Crowds

Digital Media Law

A play loosely inspired by the LA-area mother who had octotuplets opened last Saturday to standing-room only crowds in Los Angeles. at Heliotrope, Los Angeles, CA 90029. The so-called Octomom is not the only character skewered in the zany musical: other include Bernie Madoff, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, Vince Shamwow (of magic towel fame) and even Octomom’s fertility doctor, who has a mad and somewhat creepy crush on her.

SAG No News Press Release

Digital Media Law

Here's the release: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SCREEN ACTORS GUILD STATEMENT REGARDING NATIONAL BOARD ACTIONS OF JANUARY 26, 2009 Los Angeles (January 26, 2009) -- The Screen Actors Guild National Board of Directors by written assent today terminated the employment of Doug Allen and appointed former Guild general counsel David White to replace him as interim national executive director. SAG's out with a press release confirming what was first reported about 10 hours ago.

WGA Candidates for President and Board Announced

Digital Media Law

If you work in tech, check out my new book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets. ——————— WGA press release: WRITERS GUILD OF AMERICA , WEST ANNOUNCES CANDIDATES FOR 2009 OFFICERS AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTION LOS ANGELES – The Writers Guild of America, West’s Nominating Committee has announced its initial list of candidates for the 2009 WGAW Officers and Board of Directors election.

Designer Anand Jon Alexander Awaits Sentencing

Media Law Prof Blog

He was found guilty of enticing young women to Los Angeles under the pretext of hiring them as models, then Designer Anand Jon Alexander, convicted of forcible rape last year, could receive up to life in prison for his crimes.

David Alan Grier Heading for the Permanent Sleep on the Couch

Law of Hollywood Land

Christine Kim has filed for divorce from David Alan Grier due to irreconcilable differences according documents filed with Los Angeles County Superior Court on July 8th.