Warner Bros. Facing $900 Million Lawsuit Over 'The Conjuring' Franchise

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Gerald Brittle, author of a 1980 book on the paranormal investigators, claims not only to have had an exclusive deal with Lorraine Warren, but that producers substantially lifted his work. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online

'Star Trek' Fans Want Paramount, CBS to Do Better Job Explaining Franchise to Court

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Producers of a crowdfunded film also argue that a copyright lawsuit is "premature" because the script hasn't even been finalized yet. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Television Tech Business THR Online

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'Friday the 13th' Producer Points to Writers' Union Membership in Bid to Retain Franchise Rights

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Victor Miller, the original film's scriptwriter, is looking to reclaim rights, but will he be able to take the hockey-masked "Jason" with him? read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Business THR Online Labor

Film Czar Ken Ziffren: Franchise Films Are in a "Boom or Bust Era"

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Ziffren's eighth annual state of the industry presentation before the Beverly Hills Bar Association focused on change, risk and opportunity. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Business THR Online

"G.I. Joe" Inventor Seeks to Grab Back Rights to $100M Franchise

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A toy created in the early 1960s is the subject of a must-watch lawsuit. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business THR Online

Robert Kirkman Seeks to Stop a "Hijack" of 'The Walking Dead'

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The comic book creator discusses the licensing success of the zombie franchise and attempts to stop a "Walking Dead" restaurant from opening in New Jersey.

'The Crow' Producer Seeks to Cancel Relativity's Sequel Rights

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Dana Brunetti's alleged decision to get rid of director Corin Hardy leaves control over the franchise in uncertainty. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business THR Online

'Godzilla' Studio Sues Producers in Battle Over Credit and Money

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Legendary Pictures is sparring with the producers of the potential monster franchise. read more. Movies THR, Esq. Legendary Pictures

'Superman' Producer Jon Peters Sued by Ex-Wife Over Film Profits

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Peters didn't work on the most recent installments of the Superman franchise, but he's entitled to a portion of the profits — and his ex-wife says she is too.

'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Filmmakers Claim They’re Owed $3M in Profits Lawsuit

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The producers, writers and a director of the 1990s franchise say a rights holder won't pay them according to their contracts. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies Business THR Online Warner Bros. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Los Angeles, Time Warner Cable Going to Court Over Franchise Fees (Again)

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The city says the cable giant is making billions but not paying its fair share. read more. The Business THR Online THR, Esq. Television Time Warner Cable Business

Paramount Sues to Stop New 'Godfather' Book From Mario Puzo Estate

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Eriq Gardner Studio says it doesn't want new work tarnishing the legacy of the famed franchise. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies Business The Godfather

Pierce Brosnan's 'Survivor' Triggers BitTorrent Piracy Lawsuit from Producers

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The film is the latest to prompt litigation from Avi Lerner, who has fought piracy of his 'Expendables' franchise in previous lawsuits. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies Tech Business THR Online Avi Lerner Lionsgate Milla Jovovich Pierce Brosnan The Expendables

Warner Bros. Settles $900M Lawsuit Over 'The Conjuring'

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The settlement resolves an author's claims that he had exclusive rights to tell the stories of the real-life ghost hunters whose cases inspired the franchise.

Judge: Paramount Won't Lose Right to Make More 'Godfather' Films

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A New York federal judge trims counterclaims made by the Mario Puzo estate over the famed franchise. read more

'Walking Dead' Creator Hit With Second Lawsuit Claiming Co-Ownership

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Robert Kirkman has been served with more litigation by a childhood friend who is trying to grab co-control over the lucrative zombie franchise. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business Robert Kirkman The Walking Dead

Warner Bros. Wins Round in Battle with Superman Lawyer

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moves past the first roadblock in a lawsuit alleging contractual interference against the attorney who has helped Superman co-creators win back rights to the franchise. Eriq Gardner Warner Bros.

Warner Bros. Sued for Allegedly Distributing Movies Without License

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Eriq Gardner The German company previously had a deal with Franchise Films, which made a deal with Warner Bros. Franchise exited the picture, and now the Germans are targeting Warners over three films.

Weinsteins Pay to Settle Producer Cathy Konrad's 'Scream 4' Lawsuit (Exclusive)

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Matthew Belloni Konrad had claimed she was booted from the fourth installment on the franchise after it was developed behind her back. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies

EA Dismissed from 'Call of Duty' Lawsuit After Settlement With Activision

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Eriq Gardner A multimillion dollar fight over the departure of two executives involved in the "Call of Duty" franchise continues, but minus one defendant after a deal is made.

Superman's WB Future at Stake as Appeals Court Battle Begins

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The outcome will determine the future of the franchise, but in dueling legal briefs, the parties discuss the history. Eriq Gardner In advance of oral arguments, Warner Bros. files a 117-page brief in attempt to hold onto all rights to the famed superhero.

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The tankers at the New York Times dutifully managed to both report on the disastrous performance of Mr. T's legal team at the law school whose name cannot be said and puff up Larouche. Sorry, I meant Lessig. But the really funny part is the revelation that Nesson fancies himself a movie star: "[Nesson] compared the [Tenenbaum] case to [the] book, “A Civil Action,” by Jonathan Harr, and the movie that followed had greater impact than the case itself, he said.

'Breaking Dawn' Producers Plead for Fans to 'Stop' Posting Leaked Images

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Matthew Belloni Seen those leaked images from the fourth installment of the "Twilight" franchise? Apparently lots of people have, including the makers of the film. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies

Los Angeles County Sues Time Warner Cable for Not Paying Bill

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Nearly $700,000 at stake, plus the law that allows California to issue cable franchises. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business

Electronic Arts Moves to Sack Massive Lawsuit From Madden Football Creator

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Eriq Gardner EA is being sued by man who first created its successful Madden NFL Football franchise read more. THR, Esq. Tech Tech

'The Crow' Producer Revives Breach of Contract Lawsuit

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Producer Jeff Most has revived a lawsuit claming he was shut out of a $70 million remake and hasn't been paid his share of profits from the franchise in four years.

Warner Bros. Conquers 'Mortal Kombat' Producer in Court (Exclusive)

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Matthew Belloni A Los Angeles judge has sided with the studio in its long-running battle with Lawrence Kasanoff, producer of the film based on the video game franchise. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Business

Madden Football Video Game Creator Sues EA for Billions of Dollars

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Eriq Gardner The man who created the NFL game says he’s owed millions in royalties — and potentially billions -- in profits for the franchise, which has sold more than 85 million copies in the more than 20 years since it hit the marketplace.

Writers Guild Trying to Shut Down 'Bring It On: The Musical' (Exclusive)

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Jonathan Handel Citing the guild agreement’s “separated rights” provisions, the union is seeking to enjoin the new play and obtain damages on behalf of the screenwriter of the 2000 movie that began the franchise.

Mattel Fights 'He-Man' Comic Book Author Over Franchise Rights

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As Sony is reportedly working on a movie reboot of the classic 1980s animated series, ''Masters of the Universe,'' Mattel is now suing a man who authored the early comic books. read more. The Business THR, Esq. Television Business

Goldcrest Sues Summit for 'Twilight' Money, Claims Distributor Underreported Revenue

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The British company bought an interest in the first film in the blockbuster four-picture franchise -- but says their profits weren’t properly calculated and they haven’t been allowed to see the books.

'Twilight' crisis averted! Cullen kids sign for final movies

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Kellan Lutz and Ashley Greene, the actors who play the Cullen kids in the blockbuster vampire franchise, have resolved their salary dispute with Summit Entertainment, signing on for. By Matthew Belloni "Twilight" Nation can breath a collective sigh of relief.

Warner Bros. bulks up for 'Superman' litigation

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has shaken up its legal team in the battle to retain copyright on the "Superman" franchise. By Eriq Gardner and Matthew Belloni Warner Bros. Out are Michael Bergman and his Beverly Hills-based firm, as well as New York's Fross Zelnick.

Summit sues to stop 'Twilight' documentary

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the locale of its hugely successful "Twilight" franchise. By Eriq Gardner Summit Entertainment has sunk its fangs into a company planning to release a documentary about Forks, Wash., On March 20, the mega-hit "New Moon" DVD hits stores. On the.

What to do about an Agent who isn’t Paying – Entertainment Law Asked & Answered

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David wrote in: What can an actor do when their SAG franchised agent is taking more than 6 months to pay them for a particular non-union job (the agency has been paid by the production company)? AUDIO: TRANSCRIPT: [link].

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Infamous Franchise Pictures Blow-Up Ends with Arbitrator Clearing Bank of Wrongdoing

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Eriq Gardner Intertainment, a German entertainment company, is ordered to pay Comerica Bank more than $9 million in legal costs for accusing them of participating in a conspiracy. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business

'Terminator': The franchise that keeps giving to lawyers

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By Eriq Gardner Get ready for Round 2 of the race to acquire the rights to produce new "Terminator" films, TV shows and other spinoffs. A couple weeks ago, Santa Barbara hedge fund Pacificor was the surprise winner of an.

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'Terminator': The franchise that keeps giving to lawyers

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By Eriq Gardner Get ready for Round 2 of the race to acquire the rights to produce new "Terminator" films, TV shows and other spinoffs. A couple weeks ago, Santa Barbara hedge fund Pacificor was the surprise winner of an.

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Todd McFarlane Sues Ex-Employee Claiming to Be Inspiration of 'Spawn' Character (Exclusive)

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A new lawsuit shows the bizarre things that can happen when the creator of a famous entertainment franchise employs someone who shares a character's name.

Puzo Estate Asks Judge to Take Away Paramount's Rights to More 'Godfather' Films

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A dispute over a new 'Godfather' book has evolved into a high-stakes war over the future of the franchise. read more. The Business Movies THR, Esq. Business