More about filming the audience.

Gordon P. Firemark

So just a few minutes after the video I did about filming the audience came out, Jeffrey wrote in with a follow up question he says… “How about publicity rights of an audience at a community news event where the final video of composition has a commercial purpose.

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How (and why) to set up a special purpose production entity for your film or show

Gordon P. Firemark

In the fields of independent film and theatre, the use of Special Purpose Entities is very common. An SPE is a legal entity (usually a limited liability company of some type or, sometimes, a limited partnership) created to fulfill narrow, specific or temporary objectives.

Should you have a loan-out company for your work in entertainment?

Gordon P. Firemark

I’m frequently called upon by clients to form a so-called “Loan-Out company” for them. What is a Loan-Out company? A loan-out company is a legal business entity established for the purpose of providing the personal services of its owner/employee to third parties.

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'Midnight Rider' Producer Claims Insurance Company "Sabotaged" Film

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Film Allman asserts it was pushed into a settlement with Sarah Jones' family, says that Randall Miller's guilty plea doesn't mean he's guilty, and describes how it attempted to revive the rock & roll film.

Anne Hathaway Lizard Film Under 'Godzilla' Attack in New Lawsuit (Exclusive)

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The Japanese rightsholders Toho want to stomp out the monster film 'Colossal' from Voltage Pictures. Movies Movies Business THR Online Anne Hathaway Nacho Vigalondo Nicolas Chartier Toho Company Ltd Voltage Pictures Cannes 2015 Cannes Film Festival Godzilla Godzilla (2014

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'Star Trek' Fan Film Dispute Goes to Jury Trial in Big Ruling

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A judge rules that the "Axanar" production company can't claim fair use. But a jury will decide the question of subjective substantial similarity. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Television Business THR Online

Ava DuVernay's Company Sued For Botching Documentary's Awards Run

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A documentarian says the company didn’t submit his film for awards as agreed — and now won't stop claiming rights. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online Ava DuVernay Selma

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'Butterfly Effect' Production Company Sued For Failing to Share Film's Profits

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Production company Benderspink filed a lawsuit on Thursday claiming it is owed profit shares from co-producer’s FilmEngine for the 2004 Ashton Kutcher thriller.

Film Company Suing Thousands of Pirates Might Have A Big Problem (Exclusive)

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Eriq Gardner Was one of the largest copyright lawsuits in California history filed over a film the plaintiff doesn't own? read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies

Disney Files Trademark Lawsuit Over 'Frozen Land' Film

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Phase 4 is alleged to have changed the name of its film to "mimic" Disney''s animated hit. The Business Movies The Walt Disney Company THR Online THR, Esq. read more. Frozen Walt Disney Animation Business

Ted Field Claims His Film Company Was Stolen, Forced Into Bankruptcy

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Eriq Gardner The millionaire media mogul alleges in outrageous detail how Radar Pictures was duped by several individuals claiming to be film finance experts. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business Radar Pictures

Disney Sued for Billions Over 'Pirates of the Caribbean' Films

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The Business Movies The Walt Disney Company THR, Esq. Author Royce Mathew takes credit for pirates transforming into living skeletons under the moonlight -- and says the studio fooled him during a lawsuit last decade. read more. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Business

David Bergstein Wins in Court As Judge Refuses to Give Control of Film Companies to Trustee

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edit@hollywoodreporter.com (Alex Ben Block) Ronald Durkin can re-file for consolidation, but it must be done on a company by company basis, and not as group of entities, which includes ThinkFilm and Capital Film. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business David Bergstein

Reese Witherspoon Film Dropout Lawsuit Reaches Settlement

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When Witherspoon exited a role, a vitamin company planning to promote its products in the film sued. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business THR Online Reese Witherspoon

Weinstein Co. Sues Kevin Williamson Over Rights to Film Project

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Movies Movies Kevin Williamson The Weinstein Company ScreamMatthew Belloni According to the suit, Williamson claims he still owns "Shadows," a project the studio says he relinquished control of after a 2010 settlement over the writer's "Scream 4" duties. read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq.

Film Producer Sues Goldman Sachs, Alliance Films Over Six Movies

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Eriq Gardner Canada's top indie film companies are in a court battle over critically acclaimed films. The U.S. investment bank's private equity arm allegedly sold international distribution rights without notice and consent. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Business

Relativity's Ryan Kavanaugh Sued For "Delayed" Payment to Film Backer

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A company that loaned Relativity funds for distribution says the mogul owes $7.5 million. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business THR Online Relativity Media Ryan Kavanaugh

Transitioning from Kickstarting to Company Starting

Gordon P. Firemark

For those looking to create an independent film, theater production, video game, or other creative project, sites like this have opened up new opportunities for reaching out to the public to raise money. This alternate method, which uses a new securities law exemption, allows artists and creators to use the power and reach of the Internet to raise money for their company as a whole, rather than for a specific project. Film Film Finance Internet Theatre law

BMG Sues Radar Pictures for Fraud Over Film Slate Claims

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BMG claims Radar Pictures tricked the company into agreeing to a joint venture by making “knowingly or recklessly false promises” that it was involved with major studio releases, including 'Frank' and 'A Christmas Story 2.'

Marvel Sued by Luggage Company Over 'Avengers' Box Set Packaging

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German company says the Disney-owned studio has replicated its "impervious" attaché case used by Samuel L. Jackson in the film. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies Style Business Avengers The Avengers International

Asked & Answered – Can I use another film’s title or scenes in my screenplay?

Gordon P. Firemark

Q : Cat asks whether it’s practical to mention other films’ titles, and to quote dialogue or include a clip of a scene from another movie in her screenplay, or will it deter producers from getting interested in her project. These films are an integral part.

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Hollywood Docket: Floyd Mayweather, Showtime Sue to Preempt Pirate Streaming

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Plus settlements over a death on a Discovery Channel show and the rights to the Sherlock film 'Mr. Miramax Films Showtime The Weinstein Company Silver Linings PlaybookHolmes.' read more. THR, Esq.

Film Academy Targets GoDaddy Founder As Legal Fight Heats Up (Exclusive)

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The company is now facing allegations of aiding and abetting trademark infringement, and the group behind the Oscars seeks to depose GoDaddy chairman Bob Parsons.

Hasbro Sues to Stop Warner Bros. 'Dungeons and Dragons' Film (Exclusive)

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The toy company says it owns rights to make a sequel to the 2000 film based on the successful property read more. The Business Movies Warner Bros. THR, Esq. Business

Harlem Nun Sues Disney, Sony Claiming They Stole 'Sister Act'

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Eriq Gardner Delois Blakely, "Harlem's Queen Mother," claims her autobiography was the inspiration for the film and stage musical. Movies Movies The Walt Disney Company Whoopi Goldberg

Judge Allows Fraud Claims Over Financing of Oliver Stone's 'Snowden'

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Vendian Entertainment allegedly concealed a principal who controlled the film company's purse strings. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Business THR Online

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Sony's Adam Sandler Candy Land Film Threatened In Lawsuit (Exclusive)

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Hasbro is taken to court by a company that created characters for the popular board game. read more. The Business Movies THR Online THR, Esq. Hasbro Inc. Adam Sandler Business

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French Production Company Fined $46 Million for Failing to Distribute Spike Lee's Miracle at St. Anna

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Eriq Gardner TF1 argued that Lee had delivered a different kind of film than the one it was promised and refused to hand over a nearly $16 million advance.

What is an “Accredited Investor”? Why you should care.

Gordon P. Firemark

If you’re setting up financing for your next film, theatre, or new media production, and you’re planning to talk to potential investors, you need to know the rules. The Act provides companies with a number of exemptions. Firemark - Theatre, Film, TV & New Media.

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CLIENT ALERT! – California Business Organizations – Changes in the Law

Gordon P. Firemark

The new rules may require that existing companies update their governing documents to ensure that their operations are not affected by these changes. In most cases, the company’s Operating Agreement governs things, and can supersede the law’s default provisions.

Graphic Artist Takes Film Studio to Court for Logo Theft (Exclusive)

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Eriq Gardner If there's anything that one figures a movie company to rightfully own without question, it's the company logo, right? Millennium Films is now facing allegations it has stolen its logo from a graphic artist. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies

Film Academy Targets GoDaddy Founder As Legal Fight Heats Up (Exclusive)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The company is now facing allegations of aiding and abetting trademark infringement, and the group behind the Oscars seeks to depose GoDaddy chairman Bob Parsons.

Marvel Sued by Luggage Company Over 'Avengers' Box Set Packaging

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

German company says the Disney-owned studio has replicated its "impervious" attaché case used by Samuel L. Jackson in the film. read more

Is Equity Crowdfunding a game changer?

Gordon P. Firemark

Title III of the JOBS Act created a federal exemption under the Securities Law to allow companies to offer and sell securities through crowdfunding portals. Firemark - Los Angeles Entertainment Lawyers - Theatre, Film, TV & New Media. Entertainment Law Film Finance Theatre law

'Motor City' Producers Face Lawsuits from Gerard Butler, Film Financier

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The suspension of an Albert Hughes film causes the lead actor and a finance company that made a bridge loan to attempt the collection of allegedly owed money.

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Ava DuVernay's Company Sued in Dispute Over Documentary's Awards Run

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A documentarian says the company didn’t submit his film for awards as agreed — and now won't stop claiming rights. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online Ava DuVernay Selma

Update on status of Jobs Act revisions to Regulation D, Rule 506 securities offerings

Gordon P. Firemark

One important component of that act loosened restrictions on the way film and theatre producers companies can obtain financing through private offerings under Rule 506. If you’re planning a film project in 2013, you won’t want to miss our Film Finance Bootcamp.

'The Black Dahlia' Producers Sue Nu Image Claiming Unpaid Profits

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Moshe Diamant and Rudy Cohen's lawsuit is the latest in several years to target the company's accounting. The Business Movies Business THR Online Avi Lerner Moshe Diamant Nu Image Films Scarlett Johansson

Japanese Superhero Caught in Film, YouTube Rights Dispute

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Two Japanese companies duel over who owns Ultraman outside his country of origin. read more. THR, Esq. Heat Vision Television Television Culture Tech THR Online YouTube

Italian film mogul wins $14M tentative decision in battle with '300' producer

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By Matthew Belloni Italian film producer Vittorio Cecchi Gori has won a tentative award of almost $14 million from a former executive at his company who was accused of usurping resources to benefit his own producing career. Here's the full.