Producer vs. Director. 2nd Circuit: “No director copyright”

Gordon P. Firemark

When Merkin made threats against the producer for entering the film into festivals, Casa Duse filed suit for an injunction against Merkin. The trial court held in the producer’s favor, and the director appealed. The post Producer vs. Director.

Entertainment Law Update Podcast: Episode 61 – Blurred Lines and Directors doing time

Gordon P. Firemark

The post Entertainment Law Update Podcast: Episode 61 – Blurred Lines and Directors doing time originally appeared on Entertainment Law Offices of Gordon P. The Latest episode of my Entertainment Law podcast, Entertainment Law Update , is now available for your enjoyment.

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Director Sues Actress for Using Clips of Unreleased Film on Her Demo Reel

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Film Independent and L.A. MediaWorks are also defendants in the suit. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online

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Directors Guild Denies Violating Obamacare

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A lawsuit asserts that refusal to pay for naturopathic care violates discrimination provisions of the controversial law. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online Labor

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'London Fields' Producers Allege Director Violated Contract

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Mathew Cullen is accused of failing to deliver the film on time and withholding promotional support. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business THR Online

Power Transition, Lawfare and the Spotify/Google Interlocking Directorate

Music Technology Policy

On May 12, 2014, Spotify’s director of economics Will Page gave a presentation at the Music Biz Conference in Nashville (hosted by the Google-dominated Music Business Association, formerly known as NARM in a soon to be forgotten day). Director of U.S.

'Midnight Rider' Director's Incarceration Being Probed by FBI

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Two lawyers submit sworn affidavits that they've been contacted by FBI agents looking into possible civil rights violations. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Music Business THR Online

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BBC Appoints New Editorial Director

Media Law Prof Blog

From the Guardian: the BBC has appointed Roger Mosey as its editorial director, to oversee editorial issues across tv, radio, and news. The BBC has also appointed new directors of news, tv, and radio but has indicated that Mr. Mosey

Appeals Court Rules Producer, Not Director, Gets Film Copyright

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The 2nd Circuit examines contributions and ownership in creative works. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Television Music Business THR Online

Geffen Playhouse Hit With Age Discrimination Suit from Ex-Artistic Director

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Randall Arney says the theater fired him because of his age and/or Bell's Palsy diagnosis and lied about the circumstances of his exit. read more. THR, Esq. Culture Culture THR Online

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'Citizenfour' Director Laura Poitras Sues Over "Kafkaesque" Airport Screening

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

She's demanding answers to why she was detained on more than 50 occasions in an FOIA suit against the U.S. government. read more. THR, Esq. Culture Movies Culture THR Online

Should there be a “Director’s Copyright” in stage directions? (Reader survey)

Gordon P. Firemark

I’ve recently been grappling with a question of whether a theater director’s efforts to stage a play or musical can be protected by copyright. Should the director be entitled to a royalty if his/her staging is re-created by later licensees of the show?

'Mad Max: Fury Road' Director George Miller Suing Warner Bros. for $7M Bonus

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The dispute will be litigated in Australia after Warner Bros. lost an argument about how it should be arbitrated in California. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Business THR Online

SAG National Executive Director Firing – How it Went Down

Digital Media Law

The SAG board’s moderate majority fired National Executive Director Doug Allen today by using a document signed by board members and called a “written assent.” the following actions are hereby authorized through written assent by a majority of the members of the SAG National Board of Directors. He is no longer the National Executive Director and has no authority to take any action, make any statement on behalf of this union or direct any Guild employee to take any action.

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Suge Knight Arraigned for Allegedly Threatening to Kill 'Straight Outta Compton' Director F. Gary Gray

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The former rap mogul is also awaiting trial for murder in connection with a hit and run that happened during filming. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies Music THR Online Suge Knight Straight Outta Compton

MGM Sues 'Buckaroo Banzai' Writer and Director Over Right to Make New TV Series

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Earl Mac Rauch and Walter Richter proclaim they own rights — and have been telling others including Amazon Studios and Kevin Smith's agents at WME. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Television Business THR Online

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RCFP Names New Executive Director

Media Law Prof Blog

Former journalist Bruce Brown, now with Baker & Hostetler, is the newly named executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

'Die Hard' Director John McTiernan Released From Prison

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

After nearly ten months in a federal prison camp after being convicted of lying to the FBI, the director of "Predator" and "Hunt For Red October" is filing a complaint with the Justice Department in an effort to clear his name.

Netflix Directors Ask Judge to Reject Shareholder Lawsuit Over Executive Bonuses

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The plaintiff accuses Netflix's board members of not disclosing Netflix's liability on the tax front after allegedly rigging its compensation system with sham bonuses. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

'London Fields' Director Asserts Producers Lied About Creative Control, Funding

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The difficulties on adapting the 25-year-old celebrated novel continue. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business THR Online

Blue Man Group Fights Music Director Over Royalties From Billion Dollar Show

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Ian Pai, early collaborator, is trying his luck at hundreds of millions in damages. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Music Business THR Online

Director John McTiernan Loses His Pellicano Appeal

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The man behind "Die Hard," "Hunt for Red October" and "Predator" could soon begin serving his sentence of 12 months in prison. read more. The Business Die Hard Movies THR, Esq

Iranians Release Famed Director

Media Law Prof Blog

The BBC reports that the Iranian government has released director Jafar Panahi ("The White Meadows," "Border Cafe") on bail. He had been detained after he expressed support for anti-government politicians in last year's elections

Real 'Glee' Show Choir Director Beats Song Stealing Suit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The real-life New Directions' leader is singing a happy tune following a Thursday decision. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music THR Online Glee

BBC Director General Steps Down

Media Law Prof Blog

CNN is reporting that the Director General of the BBC, George Entwhistle, is stepping down, and taking responsibility for erroneous information in a report the BBC broadcast concerning sex abuse allegations during the BBC's well-known NewsNight program.

SAG – Msg from New National Executive Director

Digital Media Law

SAG’s new Interim National Executive Director just sent to members, and posted on SAG.org, a message setting a tone of unity and moving forward. In my previous tenure at the Guild, I worked alongside several elected National Boards, two presidents (current President Rosenberg and former President Melissa Gilbert) and three National Executive Directors. David White Interim National Executive Director Screen Actors Guild.

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Weinstein Co. Fighting Director's $4.8M Fraud Lawsuit Over 'One Chance'

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

David Frankel claims the distributor agreed to release the film on at least 800 screens but instead buried it. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online

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Revelations about Trump and Intel Director worsen crisis | MSNBC

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WGA East Executive Director Optimistic on Guild Negotiating Goals

Digital Media Law

Lowell Peterson also confirms that there is no date set for negotiations. See The Hollywood Reporter exclusive. _. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Check out my residuals chart there too. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email. Or, follow me on Twitter , friend me on Facebook , or subscribe to my Forbes.com or Huffington Post articles.

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Film Directors Are Authors, Right? Not Necessarily, Says Judge

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Producers vs. directors: another chapter in the sometimes stormy relationship. This one is primed to be heard by an appeals court. read more. Movies THR Online THR, Esq. Business

Cannes Yacht Party: Great Directors

Thompson On Hollywood

I enjoyed talking to French director Catherine Breillat at the boat party. Tags: Cannes Angela Ismailos Cannes documentary Great Directors interviews yacht

'Midnight Rider' Director Randall Miller Looks to Sue Upon New Revelations About Fatal Crash

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

An ongoing insurance dispute over the ill-fated Gregg Allman biopic takes a turn as internal emails, new video, and depositions are released. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Music Business THR Online

Former ethics director: Kellyanne Conway violated Hatch Act - CNNPolitics

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

"Walter Shaub, who served as ethics director under the Obama administration, said Conway likely violated the Hatch Act, which prohibits White House officials from advocating for or against candidates, even in media interviews.

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Director Polanski Denied Bail

Media Law Prof Blog

The Swiss justice ministry has denied director Roman Polanski bail, having determined that he is a flight risk. Read more here in a BBC story and here in an article from the Guardian. Mr. Polanski is fighting extradition to the

'Big Bang Theory' Assistant Director Hits Warner Bros. With Age Discrimination Lawsuit

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Christopher Klausen claims the producers conspired to remove him from the show after he turned 50. read more. THR, Esq. Live Feed The Business Home Television Business THR Online CBS Warner Bros. The Big Bang Theory

SAG Interim Nat'l Exec Director Hired as Permanent

Digital Media Law

SAG's Interim National Executive Director David White just got the permanent gig and can drop "Interim" from his title. The vote on today SAG's national board, which began meeting yesterday and is still meeting today for a little while longer, was 70.91% in favor, I'm told, which suggests that a few of the Membership First directors joined the moderate coalition in appointing White to the job.

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'Star Wars' Director Rian Johnson Sued By Ex-Agent For Commissions

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The director's former agent, Brian Dreyfuss, claims that he's owed a 10 percent commission from Johnson for 'Star Wars: Episode VIII.' read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online

Hollywood Docket: Real 'Glee' Show Choir Director Wants Out of Legal Battle

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Plus two of The Four Seasons beat a copyright claim over 'Jersey Boys' and Wild Bunch wins nearly $800,000 in arbitration. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Business THR Online

'Iverson' Director Sued By Producer Who Bought Rights to Documentary on Ex-NBA Superstar

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Mark Brown says he was surprised by an airing on Showtime, which allegedly licensed the documentary for $325,000. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Television Business THR Online

Warner Bros. Gets to Arbitrate 'Mad Max' Director George Miller's Bonus

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

An Australian appeals court reverses a lower judge in a dispute over whether Miller is owed $7 million from the 2015 film. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Business THR Online

Mel Gibson Movie Producer Moves to Stop Director's 'Bogus' Bid to Halt Distribution

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Nicolas Chartier's Voltage hit back at Farhad Safinia, saying he's misleading a court and the Copyright Office by omitting a "Certificate of Authorship" and co-writers. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Business THR Online

SAG Executive Director: TV/Theatrical Deal Will Pass

Digital Media Law

SAG President Alan Rosenberg claims there’s “a good chance” it won’t, but the guild’s interim National Executive Director David White says otherwise, predicting confidently that the deal will pass. The proposed deal expires in mid-2011, as do the Directors Guild, Writers Guild and AFTRA deals.) The referendum on the proposed contract between SAG and the studios began yesterday, as ballot packets were mailed to about 110,000 paid up members of the Screen Actors Guild.

SAG Moderates File Document to Fire National Executive Director

Digital Media Law

As expected, the moderates on the SAG National Board today delivered a document to SAG headquarters that ousts Doug Allen as National Executive Director and dissolves the negotiating committee. McGuire is appointed as Chief Negotiator of all SAG contracts; the TV/Theatrical Contract Negotiating Committee is replaced by a Taskforce which will complete negotiations on behalf of the Board of Directors. The civil war at the Screen Actors Guild has gone nuclear.

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