Legendary, Warner Bros. Sued for Allegedly Stealing 'Kong: Skull Island' Story

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Joe DeVito claims he created the universe surrounding King Kong's mysterious home and his pitch for a TV series was turned into a feature film without giving him compensation or credit.

Judge Refuses to Dismiss Lawsuit Over Crowdfunded 'Star Trek' Film

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The use of Klingon — a language allegedly not copyrightable — in a not-yet-produced feature film can't doom this lawsuit. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business THR Online

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Asked and Answered: Do I need permission to base a fan film on a video game?

Gordon P. Firemark

In this Asked and Answered video, I respond to Guy’s inquiry about whether permission is required for a fan film based on a video game. We will not be responsible for readers’ detrimental reliance upon the information appearing in this feature.

Asked & Answered: I have a person’s life rights. Do I need to option the news article about him, too?

Gordon P. Firemark

I interviewed him via email two years ago as I saw the potential in it for making a feature film. We will not be responsible for readers’ detrimental reliance upon the information appearing in this feature.

Asked & Answered – Fair Use explained.

Gordon P. Firemark

Michael asks when it’s OK to use “snippets” of existing films as “B-Roll” for his video projects. We will not be responsible for viewers’’ detrimental reliance upon the information appearing in this feature.

Asked & Answered – How to submit a spec script for an existing TV series

Gordon P. Firemark

We will not be responsible for viewers'’ detrimental reliance upon the information appearing in this feature. subscribe to my FREE e-course “6 ways to Finance A Feature Film” by visiting [link]. Firemark - Theatre, Film, TV & New Media. Blair wants to know whether she needs an agent to submit a spec script she's written for an existing TV Series. I give an answer, and some practical advice about this kind of thing. link].

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Asked & Answered: Finder’s Fees to friend with contacts? [Video Answer]

Gordon P. Firemark

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Asked & Answered: Original vs. Adapted works

Gordon P. Firemark

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Asked & Answered: How do I get a lawyer to represent my script?

Gordon P. Firemark

We will not be responsible for readers’ detrimental reliance upon the information appearing in this feature. subscribe to my FREE e-course “6 ways to Finance A Feature Film&# by visiting [link]. Q: Dave asks how to get an entertainment lawyer to sell a script.

Help me help you

Gordon P. Firemark

6-ways to Finance A Feature Film – mini e-mail course. Entertainment Law entertainment lawyer film finance internet marketing products survey theatre producerWill you please help me provide the most useful content possible?

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Asked and Answered – registration numbers: to show or not?

Gordon P. Firemark

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Asked & Answered: What obligations when author is dead and publisher can’t be found?

Gordon P. Firemark

We will not be responsible for readers’ detrimental reliance upon the information appearing in this feature. subscribe to my FREE e-course “6 ways to Finance A Feature Film” by visiting [link].

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Asked & Answered: Can I sell my novel after I’ve already sold the screenplay?

Gordon P. Firemark

Purchasers of screenplays typically expect that they have exclusive rights to the story, and that they’ll be able to exploit their film without competition from the writer’s other works. subscribe to my FREE e-course “6 ways to Finance A Feature Film&# by visiting [link].

Asked & Answered – Do I need permission to feature a celebrity’s ghost?

Gordon P. Firemark

We will not be responsible for readers’ detrimental reliance upon the information appearing in this feature. subscribe to my FREE e-course “6 ways to Finance A Feature Film” by visiting [link]. Firemark - Theatre, Film, TV & New Media.

Asked & Answered: Can I set my sports movie in a real sports league?

Gordon P. Firemark

We will not be responsible for readers’ detrimental reliance upon the information appearing in this feature. subscribe to my FREE e-course “6 ways to Finance A Feature Film” by visiting [link]. Firemark - Theatre, Film, TV & New Media.

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Why you need an entertainment attorney to help negotiate your television acting deals.

Gordon P. Firemark

However, for cable programs , and when dealing with major star level talent, it's often possible for the attorney to negotiate non-exclusivity, or to carve out guest appearances on other programs, in commercials (subject to many restrictions), and other opportunities like voice-over work, and feature film roles. Firemark - Theatre, Film, TV & New Media. Why you need an entertainment attorney to help negotiate your television acting deals.

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Sony Pictures Wins 'Midnight in Paris' Lawsuit Over Faulkner Quote (Exclusive)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The use of a nine-word quote from a 220-page novel in a feature film doesn''t equate to copyright infringement. read more. The Business Movies THR, Esq. Midnight in Paris Business

Asked and Answered: Can I use a famous movie line in my new screenplay?

Gordon P. Firemark

Q: I have watched hundreds of films and read as many screenplays. In fact, lines spoken by characters in films need to sound “real&# , and real people don’t speak in such carefully constructed phrases as to warrant copyright protection. The film itself is almost without a doubt protected by copyright, but a subsequent use of a single line found within a film is likely to be held a de minimus use, and therefore not an infringement.

Asked & Answered: Can I retell true events from a memoir?

Gordon P. Firemark

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The Wrap’s Jeff Steele on the current Film Finance landscape

Gordon P. Firemark

Jeff Steele has a good article about the film finance landscape over at The Wrap. As always, consult a knowledgable, experienced entertainment lawyer for the details about front-money agreements and film finance deals in general. Film Finance

Asked and Answered: Parody/Satire and copyright infringement.

Gordon P. Firemark

We will not be responsible for readers’ detrimental reliance upon the information appearing in this feature. subscribe to my FREE e-course “6 ways to Finance A Feature Film&# by visiting [link].

Asked & Answered: How do I protect myself when I submit my idea?

Gordon P. Firemark

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Asked & Answered: Can I use a standard release for real people in my script?

Gordon P. Firemark

We will not be responsible for readers’ detrimental reliance upon the information appearing in this feature. subscribe to my FREE e-course “6 ways to Finance A Feature Film&# by visiting [link]. Q: My screenplay is based on a true story.

Producer Reviving Projects About Gay African American Men (Exclusive)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Proteus Spann was readying a feature film and stage musical based on bestselling books by E. Lynn Harris when the author died and Harris’s mother filed a lawsuit against him: “It put a stop to everything," he tells THR. read more. Music Movies THR, Esq. Politics

Sony Pictures Asks Judge to Dismiss Lawsuit Over Faulkner Quote in 'Midnight in Paris'

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The use of a nine-word quote from a 220-page novel in a feature film presents a classic case of "fair use," argues the studio that distributed the movie that earned Woody Allen an Oscar for best original screenplay.

Asked and Answered: Using Pseudonyms, and getting paid.

Gordon P. Firemark

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Asked and Answered: Is my friend a co-author/collaborator?

Gordon P. Firemark

As a writer, though, you aren’t really in position to promise any other kind of credit… That will be up to the producer(s) of the film based on the script. We will not be responsible for readers’ detrimental reliance upon the information appearing in this feature.

Unveiled--Plans For a Film Of MJ's Last Reheasals

Media Law Prof Blog

A motion picture featuring film of Michael Jackson's last rehearsals; if approved by a judge, its profits might pump a lot of cash into the Jackson estate. Coming soon? More here

Speaking at Institute for International Film Financing (link updated)

Gordon P. Firemark

10pm, I’ll be speaking at the Institute for International Film Financing. I’ll be giving an abbreviated version of my presentation entitled “6 Ways to Finance A Feature Film&# , and joining a panel of other film financing experts to take questions from attendees.

Asked and Answered: Is changing the title, setting or character details enough to avoid paying for the rights?

Gordon P. Firemark

Q: A playwright/filmmaker in the United Kingdom optioned a portion of my self published novel to develop into a play and short film. There was no specification in the contract as to how much or little they would use from the novel to make the play/film.

CINEMA LAW: WHAT’S IN A TITLE?

KWIKA Entertainment Law Blog

Q: I made a short film in 1983 and now a feature film is being made with the same title. [This blog entry originally appeared at MovieMaker.com.] The storylines are not the same but nobody checked with me about using my title. What options do I have? To whom would I file a complaint? Would it [.].

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Asked and Answered: Using public buildings as setting for a film.

Gordon P. Firemark

Merely showing such structures in a film doesn’t require a permit, but actually shooting in such places typically involves permits, security, and quite a bit of hoop-jumping. We will not be responsible for readers’ detrimental reliance upon the information appearing in this feature. subscribe to my FREE e-course “6 ways to Finance A Feature Film&# by visiting [link].

CROWDFUNDING FOR FILMMAKERS, RAISE A MILLION DOLLARS OVER THE INTERNET

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

Most promising for indie filmmakers, the JOBS Act contains provisions that for the first time will allow internet crowdfunding for the production of films. For many businesses, a million dollars is not a lot of money, but for filmmakers it can be more than sufficient to produce a feature film. Indeed, with the use of digital cameras and a laptop with Final Cut Pro, many films are made for less. But without effective promotion the film may just sit there undiscovered.

Asked and Answered: Do I need to re-register and register my copyright in other countries?

Gordon P. Firemark

We will not be responsible for readers’ detrimental reliance upon the information appearing in this feature. subscribe to my FREE e-course “6 ways to Finance A Feature Film&# by visiting [link]. Q: I am a Canadian who wrote a screenplay and registered it for US copyright. I have been writing query letters and submitting the screenplay to producers around the world—including to a few producers in another country who expressed interest in reading it.

Asked and Answered: What can I do if my co-writer bails before the script is finished?

Gordon P. Firemark

Q: Last year I hit it off with fellow film-maker and we decided to write a script together. We will not be responsible for readers’ detrimental reliance upon the information appearing in this feature.

DISTRIBUTION 101 – Foreign Sales Agents

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

With the start of the Festival De Cannes and accompanying Marche Du Film, one is reminded that film is both an art form and a business. The festival will exhibit approximately 22 feature films in competition, another 20 in Un Certain Regard, 6 Out of Competition and 10 in Special Screenings. Director’s Fortnight, which was created by the French Director’s Guild, will exhibit 19 features. Few of the market films are also in the festival.

Awards Watch: Editors Nominations

Thompson On Hollywood

BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (DRAMATIC): The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (COMEDY OR MUSICAL): In Bruges.

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Asked and Answered: What happens to my rights when I change the title?

Gordon P. Firemark

We will not be responsible for readers’ detrimental reliance upon the information appearing in this feature. subscribe to my FREE e-course “6 ways to Finance A Feature Film&# by visiting [link].

Hollywood Breathes a sigh of relief (sort-of)

Gordon P. Firemark

So, it seems that SAG has finally relented, opting to send members (and the rest of Hollywood) back to work in time to get production started for the 2010 feature film season. economic recession, and runaway production to states and countries with favorable tax incentives, it seems possible that Hollywood will remain only a “nerve center&# for the film business, with the “muscle center&# distributed among cities elsewhere.

Asked and Answered: Is a friend’s suggestion in my screenplay ‘authorship’?

Gordon P. Firemark

We will not be responsible for readers’ detrimental reliance upon the information appearing in this feature. subscribe to my FREE e-course “6 ways to Finance A Feature Film&# by visiting [link].