Retain Ownership of TV Show – Entertainment Law Asked & Answered

Gordon P. Firemark

and those production companies typically acquire ownership of the show’s concept, Pilot Script, etc., Who is also a “show runner” can also negotiate to retain a (partial) ownership interest in the show, the format, etc., and thus retain ownership. AUDIO: TRANSCRIPT: [link].

Pride of Ownership

DealFatigue

Today's (possible) lunch topic at @filmindependent #FINDForum : you OWN the results of your career/work; both good and bad. — Peter Kaufman (@Dealfatigue) October 25, 2014. Sure, fate and luck play a hand, but come on, you know better. FINDForum. — Peter Kaufman (@Dealfatigue) October 25, 2014. I write this not to add another layer of blame for work gone wrong. Though by all means take all the credit if your work is going well.

FCC Approves For the First Time 100% Foreign Ownership of US Broadcast Stations

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC yesterday released its first decision approving 100% foreign ownership of a group of US broadcast stations. This comes after significant relaxation of the FCC’s interpretation of the foreign ownership limits which, less than 4 years ago, had been interpreted to effectively prohibit foreign ownership of more than 25% of a company controlling broadcast licensees (see our article here about the 2013 decision to relax the restrictive policy).

Stay Tuned: Big Broadcast Ownership Rule Changes to be Unveiled Later Today

Broadcast Law Blog

According to the testimony given yesterday by FCC Chairman Pai at an oversight hearing before the House of Representatives Communications and Technology Subcommittee, the FCC is likely to release today a draft of its order on reconsideration of last year’s FCC decision on its Quadrennial Review of its broadcast ownership rules (the rules restricting the number of media outlets that one company can own in any geographic market). Eliminating the radio/television cross-ownership rule.

FCC to Shake Up Media Ownership Rules

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The media agency is widely expected to eliminate many local market regulations at a meeting next month. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

Radio Ownership Subcaps on the Table for FCC Review

Broadcast Law Blog

We’ve written (see, e.g. our articles here , here and here ) about the pending petitions asking the FCC to reconsider decisions reached last year to end the UHF discount, to leave the TV local ownership rules in place and to make attributable new TV Joint Sales Agreements, and to not adopt any change in the FCC radio ownership rules in “embedded markets.”

Foreign Ownership of US Broadcast Stations Suddenly the Rage? – FCC Seeks Comments on Two Proposals for Alien Ownership to Exceed 25%, Including One for 100% Australian Ownership

Broadcast Law Blog

In the last two days, the FCC has asked for public comment on two proposals for foreign ownership of US broadcast stations where that ownership would exceed 25% of the company – a limit that has for decades been seen as the upper end of ownership by foreign nationals. Now, the FCC seeks comments on two cases, one where an Australian husband and wife team seek to acquire 100% ownership of companies owning 29 radio and TV stations in Alaska, Arkansas and Texas.

FCC Extends Comment Dates on Petitions for Reconsideration of the Media Ownership Rules

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC today announced that it is extending , by one week, the time in which to file comments on the Petitions for Reconsideration of the FCC’s decision on media ownership rules. Multiple Ownership Rules embedded markets fcc media ownership rules joint sales agreement JSA newspaper broadcast cross ownership

@KRSfow: Future of What Podcast on the Transparency in Music Licensing and Ownership Act

Music Technology Policy

The “Transparency in Music Licensing and Ownership Act” claims to make things easier for coffee shops, bars and restaurants who want to license music to play in their establishments. podcast the future of what kill rock stars transparency in music licensing and ownership music industry music business congress bill legislation future of music coalition.

Hollywood's Use of "Stolen" Computer Technology Tests Ownership Theories

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

In a bid to dismiss a lawsuit, Disney, Fox, and Paramount distinguish between human and technological output. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Tech Business THR Online

December Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters – EEO Reports, Ownership and Ancillary Revenue Reports, Ownership Review and Incentive Auction Updates

Broadcast Law Blog

A year from now, on December 1, 2017, all broadcast stations are expected to be required to file Biennial Ownership Reports, including noncommercial stations which now have those reports due on the anniversary date of the filing of their license renewal applications. December 1 also is the filing deadline for reconsideration petitions on the FCC’s Quadrennial Review of the multiple ownership rules.

Preparing for the FCC’s Soon to be Released Decision on Changes to its Multiple Ownership Rules

Broadcast Law Blog

While the trade press has been full of reports that the FCC has voted on an order addressing the issues raised in its Quadrennial Review of its multiple ownership rules , and that the decision largely left those rules unchanged (including the broad ban on the cross-ownership of daily newspapers and broadcast stations ), no final decision on the review has yet been released. Taking steps to encourage minority ownership is also on the table in this proceeding.

'Friday the 13th' Author Disputes Producer's Ownership Theories

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Victor Miller is attempting to terminate a copyright grant on the 1980 horror film. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business THR Online

FCC Extends Comment Deadline in Multiple Ownership Proceeding and Issues Updated Statistics on Minority Ownership of Broadcast Stations

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC has extended the time for filing comments in its ownership proceeding. While comments on the new Quadrennial Review of the ownership rules had been set to be filed by July 7 (see our article here ), the Commission has now extended the deadline until August 6 at the request of the Coalition for Smaller Market Television Stations, which wanted more time to develop additional comments, particularly on the issue of shared services agreements.

FCC Changes in Rules on Computation of Foreign Ownership of Broadcast Stations Now Effective

Broadcast Law Blog

Last year, the FCC made some modifications in its assessment of foreign ownership of companies with broadcast interests, relaxing some of their compliance rules to take account of the realities of the current public stock trading marketplace – realities that, using the FCC’s old policies, made determinations of the level of foreign ownership in any company difficult.

FCC Seeks Comment on Another Request for Foreign Ownership of Broadcast Stations Above 25%

Broadcast Law Blog

Recently, we wrote about two cases seeking declaratory rulings from the FCC that non-US ownership of companies owning broadcast stations should be permitted even though that ownership would exceed the 25% standard that had been, until that last few years, the limit on such ownership. Instead, the company is a public company, and thinks that, from time to time, its foreign ownership might exceed 25%. It seeks permission for foreign ownership to go as high as 49.99%.

The Transparency in Music Licensing and Ownership Act: The Domesday Book Meets A Unicorn — Music Tech Solutions

Music Technology Policy

Sensenbrenner introduced a bill entitled “ The Transparency in Music Licensing and Ownership Act “, a piece of work that is Dickensian in its cruelty, bringing a whole new meaning to either “ newspeak ” or “draconian,” take your pick.

Appeals Court Tells FCC to Finalize Multiple Ownership Review, Throws Out TV JSA Attribution, and Questions Newspaper-Broadcast Cross-Ownership Ban

Broadcast Law Blog

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday issued an opinion faulting the FCC for not completing any required review of its broadcast ownership rules since the 2006 review was completed in 2007. These reviews of its ownership rules, now done as “ Quadrennial Reviews ” every four years, but previously required to be done biennially, have been the subject of much judicial review and delay in the past 9 years.

FCC’s Decision on the Quadrennial Review of the Multiple Ownership Rules – Part 1 – Radio Issues

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC’s Order released at the end of August deciding the issues in its Quadrennial Review of its ownership rules is over 100 pages long. For TV, it declines to change the local ownership rules , readopts the decision to make Joint Sales Agreements into attributable interests (thus effectively banning them in many markets, though making some tweaks to the grandfathering of existing JSAs), and adopts new rules for reporting shared services agreements.

Full Text of FCC Decision on Quadrennial Review of the Multiple Ownership Rules Released Today

Broadcast Law Blog

In the last few minutes, the FCC has released its order on the Quadrennial Review of its multiple ownership rules , about which we wrote last week. AM Radio EEO Compliance/Diversity FM Radio Multiple Ownership Rules Television quadrennial review of FCC ownership rulesThe decision is available here , and includes dissenting opinions from the two Republican commissioners and a concurring statement from Commissioner Clyburn.

November FCC Meeting to be an Important One for Broadcasters – FCC Releases Draft Orders on ATSC 3.0 and Ownership Rule Revisions

Broadcast Law Blog

Yesterday, we previewed the FCC’s likely decision to significantly change its ownership rules for television owners – proposing to take actions including allowing TV duopolies in markets with fewer than 8 independent TV voices after the combination, allowing some combination of the Top 4 TV stations in certain markets, repealing the radio-TV cross-ownership rules, and repealing the newspaper-broadcast cross-ownership prohibitions.

Multiple Ownership Petitions for Reconsideration to be Published in the Federal Register Setting Dates for Public Comment

Broadcast Law Blog

Tomorrow, the Petitions for Reconsideration of the FCC’s multiple ownership decision is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register (see the pre-publication draft here ). For radio, issues are raised about the counting of stations for ownership cap purposes when those stations are located in “ embedded markets ” in one of the two metropolitan areas where there are more than one embedded market.

FCC Seeks More Comments on the Effect of Newspaper-Broadcast Cross Ownership on Minority Ownership of Broadcast Stations

Broadcast Law Blog

It looks like the FCC''s long-delayed multiple ownership proceeding won''t be decided this summer. The FCC has asked for public comment on the report submitted by the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council ("MMTC") addressing the likely impact on minority ownership of broadcast stations of allowing more media cross-ownership. So this report was commissioned by MMTC, an organization dedicated to promoting minority ownership in all media.

Reconsideration of FCC Order on UHF Discount Published in the Federal Register – Starts Clock on Comments and Consideration of the Multiple Ownership Rules by a Republican-Led FCC

Broadcast Law Blog

This reconsideration petition may give a new Republican-led FCC its first opportunity to revisit the FCC’s multiple ownership rules which have been the subject of several petitions for reconsideration, as we suggested might happen in our review (here ) of the impact on communications law of the election of Donald Trump as the new President. Many of the FCC’s other ownership rules also will likely end up before the new FCC for reconsideration.

Bill Introduced in Congress to Repeal FCC Information Collection Requirements for Noncommercial Biennial Ownership Reports

Broadcast Law Blog

A bill was introduced in Congress this week (see press release here ) proposing to roll back the FCC’s requirement that noncommercial broadcasters, in connection with the Biennial Ownership Reports that are due by December 1 of this year, get an FCC Registration Number for every person who has an attributable interest in a noncommercial licensee.

FCC Chairman Releases Summary of Media Ownership Reform Proposals – Little Change in Existing Ownership Rules, Reinstatement of JSA Ban

Broadcast Law Blog

This order, if adopted, would resolve the Quadrennial Review of the FCC’s ownership rules. The FCC had punted two years ago when it decided that it could not resolve its 2010 Quadrennial Review of the ownership rules and pushed consideration of most of the issues forward to this Quadrennial Review, preliminarily suggesting that few rule changes were necessary. Radio-Television Cross Ownership : Seemingly no substantive change is proposed. Multiple Ownership Rules

Multiple Ownership Decision Delayed - What Issues Are Being Debated?

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC's multiple ownership proceeding was going to be decided at last, before Christmas, or at least that was what was suggested by many news reports as recently as early last week. That timetable now seems to be out the window, as the FCC has asked for additional comments on the summaries of the information gleaned from the FCC Form 323 Ownership Reports as to minority and female ownership of broadcast stations released late last month.

Undoing the Past – New FCC Rescinds Rulings on Noncommercial Ownership Reports, Political Broadcasting Sponsorship Disclosure and Shared Services Agreements

Broadcast Law Blog

At the end of this last week, we saw the FCC’s Media Bureau take actions in three different proceedings directly applicable to broadcasters to undo what had been done during the prior administration – r escinding actions with respect to noncommercial ownership reports , the disclosure of information about the sponsor of political advertisements, and on the treatment of TV assignment and transfer applications for television stations where shared service agreements are involved.

FCC Denies Reconsideration of Noncommercial Broadcasting Ownership Report Requirements – But Signs that New Commission May See Things Differently

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC’s Media Bureau yesterday issued an order denying reconsideration of the full Commission decision from last year , synchronizing the Biennial Ownership Report filing requirement for noncommercial broadcasters with that of commercial broadcasters, and requiring that all individuals who have attributable interests in these stations obtain an FCC Registration Number (an “FRN”)(see our summary of the FCC order from last year here ).

FCC Extends Filing Deadline for Biennial Ownership Reports Until March 2, 2018, But Will Require Reporting of Station Ownership as of October 1, 2017 Even By Those Who Sold Stations

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC on Friday announced that they were extending the deadline for filing Biennial Ownership Reports by broadcasters from December 1 to March 2, 2018 to be sure that the new version of the form in the FCC’s LMS database will be up and ready to be used. The FCC will open the window for filing these ownership reports on December 1 (which was to be the deadline). AM Radio Assignments and Transfers FM Radio General FCC Noncommercial Broadcasting Television biennial ownership report

February Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters – EEO Reports and Comments on Ownership, EEO and Copyright Issues

Broadcast Law Blog

Reply comments are due on February 3 on the Petitions for Reconsideration of the FCC’s Quadrennial Review of its ownership rules (see our articles here and here ). EEO Compliance/Diversity FM Radio General FCC Incentive Auctions/Broadband Report Intellectual Property Internet Radio Multiple Ownership Rules Music Rights Television annual EEO public file report FCC Form 397 Mid-Term EEO Report GMR quadrennial review of FCC ownership rules wide dissemination

The Beatles Triumph in Ownership Fight Over Footage from Famous Concert

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A judge rejected the contention that master tapes belonged to the promoter who brought the band to the United States. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Television Music Business THR Online

Eliminating the UHF Discount and Limiting the National Ownership Reach of Television Groups Without Reviewing the Media Marketplace

Broadcast Law Blog

Under this discount, a TV broadcaster, in determining its compliance with the national ownership limit prohibiting any owner from having attributable interests in stations serving more than 39% of the nationwide television audience , would include in its count only one-half of the audience of any market served by a UHF station. Digital Television Multiple Ownership Rules Television national ownership cap on television quadrennial review of FCC ownership rules UHF discount

FCC Allows More Than 25% Foreign Ownership of Broadcast Stations – Instructions for Investors are to Be Developed

Broadcast Law Blog

Last week, the FCC issued a declaratory ruling concluding that its long-standing policies on foreign ownership of broadcast stations were misunderstood – “clarifying” its policy to make clear that, if alien ownership exceeds 25% of the holding company of a licensee, it may in fact be permissible. The Commission decided to adopt a case-by-case approach to determine if any proposed alien ownership in excess of 25% is in the public interest.

FCC Extends Reply Comment Deadline in Multiple Ownership Proceeding

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC has extended to April 17 the date by which Reply Comments must be filed in the Commission's multiple ownership proceeding. This proceeding is examining all of the FCC's ownership rules, and specifically proposes abolition of the radio-television cross-ownership rule and liberalization of the rules limiting the common ownership of broadcast stations and daily newspapers.

FCC to Eliminate Need for Social Security Numbers from Board Members of Noncommercial Licensees for Biennial Ownership Report

Broadcast Law Blog

The obligation to obtain an FRN was adopted so that the FCC could comprehensively track the ownership of broadcast stations, and determine the interests of individual parties across the broadcast media nationwide. This was principally done for purposes of assessing the diversity of ownership of the media – including by minorities and women. Last week, we wrote about two of the three broadcast items to be considered at the FCC meeting on April 20.

FCC Suspends Rolling Noncommercial Biennial Ownership Report Deadlines – But All Noncommercial Stations to File Form 323-E by December 1, 2017

Broadcast Law Blog

In the last year, noncommercial broadcast stations , both radio and TV, have been filing their Biennial Ownership Reports on FCC Form 323-E every other year, on the anniversary date of the filing of their license renewal applications. The FCC had justified the collection requirement so as to be able to fully track the owners of broadcast stations across all of their broadcast holdings to assess diversity in broadcast ownership.

Further Delay in Multiple Ownership Proceeding as the FCC Awaits New Study on the Impact on Minority Ownership of Any Relaxation of the Cross-Interest Rules

Broadcast Law Blog

We wrote in December about the delays in the FCC's proceeding to consider whether changes should be made to its multiple ownership rules. The December delays were to allow for public comment on ownership information obtained from broadcasters in their Form 323 Ownership Reports. So this means that there will be likely no decision as to changes in the ownership rules for at least 3 or 4 months – and perhaps longer.

Court Tells FCC to Give More Consideration to Newspaper-Broadcast Cross Ownership Rules and to Policies to Promote Broadcast Ownership By Minorities

Broadcast Law Blog

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals has once again questioned the FCC's determinations on broadcast ownership issues. In a decision just published, Prometheus Radio Project v FCC , the Court reviewed the FCC's 2007 actions relaxing the newspaper-broadcast cross-ownership rules and adopting policies to increase diversity in broadcast ownership. The discussion of the newspaper-broadcast cross-ownership rules was entirely procedural.

September FCC Meeting To Be a Big One for Media Companies – Set Top Boxes, Foreign Ownership of Broadcast Stations and Promotion of Independent Programming

Broadcast Law Blog

In addition to these two items, the FCC also says that it will resolve the proposals to make the FCC’s foreign ownership rules for broadcasting more like those applicable to non-broadcast companies , easing some of the procedural restrictions that made it difficult for non-US investors to become owners of US broadcast stations. Finally, the FCC is poised to rule on its proposal to relax the restrictions on foreign ownership of broadcast stations.