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

'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

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"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

'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

Nesson: The Franchise

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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.

Judge Dismisses Copyright Lawsuit Over Fox's 'Percy Jackson' Franchise

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edit@hollywoodreporter.com (Eriq Gardner) Fox beats claims from authors claiming copyright infringement in 'Percy Jackson.' read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies Business Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

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

'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.

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

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

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

SAG Contract Graveyard

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Here’s the tally of contracts that have expired or will do so shortly, in order by expiration date: Agency Franchise Agreement (expired 2002). As SAG itself explains , the Franchise Agreement’s expiration means that SAG members have less protection from agents who, for instance, seek commissions greater than 10%, or a longer contract term length (for the representation) than the previously-effective franchise agreement allowed. Where do SAG contracts go when they expire?

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'Star Wars' Card Game Sabacc Sparks Lawsuit From Lucasfilm

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The fictional game plays an important role in the franchise canon and Lucasfilm says a video game app maker is unfairly capitalizing on its fame. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online

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.

'Godzilla' Producers Sued by Legendary Pictures

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The battle over the potential monster franchise is headed to court. Movies THR, Esq. Legendary Pictures

What Role Can a Professional Sports League Play When One of Its Teams Enters Bankruptcy?

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But off the field, the franchise can’t manage to stay in the black. In order to make the deal happen, Hicks filed for bankruptcy under Chapter 11, and simultaneously submitted a pre-packaged Plan that included the sale of the franchise to Greenberg and Ryan.

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Clooney Wants to Play Clancy's Jack Ryan

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Buried in this Kim Masters story about Sony bringing over George Clooney's production deal is a juicy nugget: Clooney wants to take over playing Jack Ryan in the Tom Clancy franchise.

'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

'Zootopia' Lawsuit: Plot Similarities Detailed by Writer Suing Disney

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Goldman who had pitched his franchise idea to the animation powerhouse in 2000 and 2009. Esplanade Pictures sued Disney in March, claiming its film copied the work of writer Gary L. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online

Team’s Bankruptcy Filing Challenges Traditional Sports League Authority

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With speculation swirling regarding its future, the Phoenix Coyotes, a National Hockey League (NHL) franchise, have ended up in bankruptcy. For months the team has been battling the league for approval on a proposed sale.

'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

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.

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

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

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. The Business THR, Esq. Television Business

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

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.

'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.

'Conjuring' Dispute Will Be Handled in Arbitration

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Producer Tony DeRosa-Grund is alleging that New Line violated rights on the blockbuster horror franchise read more. The Business Movies THR Online THR, Esq. Business

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.

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 Robert Kirkman Settles Lawsuit Over Ownership, Royalties

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Kirkman settles litigation with a childhood friend who was trying to grab co-control over the lucrative zombie franchise. read more

Warner Bros. Promotes Ana de Castro to Senior VP, Deputy General Counsel

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In her new role, the 18-year company veteran will focus on franchise properties and commercial opportunities around the world. read more. The Business THR Online THR, Esq. Business

'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.

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

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

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

'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.

'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

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.

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

ENTERTAINMENT LITIGATION: DISNEY/PIXAR DEFEAT COPYRIGHT LAWSUIT

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STUDIO WINS ENTERTAINMENT LITIGATION RELATING TO "CARS" FRANCHISE The studios behind the "Cars" motion picture franchise ended their July with a bang -- winning their litigation in Los Angeles federal court over the creation of the franchise.

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