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.

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FCC Decision Illustrates Details of the Application of FCC Foreign Ownership Approval Requirements

Broadcast Law Blog

In a decision released yesterday , the FCC issued a “remedial declaratory ruling” finding the change in control of stock in a company that owned broadcast stations did not offend the public interest, and that the approval of foreign ownership in the company that controlled broadcast stations above 25% (but capped at 49%) that was issued last year could stay in effect. That is presumably so that the FCC can assess whether any ownership concerns are raised by any individual control party.

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

Comments Due September 24 on Audio Competition Report – Setting the Stage for Radio Ownership Reform?

Broadcast Law Blog

The state of the audio industry will no doubt be a crucial consideration in the next Quadrennial Review of the FCC’s ownership rules , expected to start late this year or early next. The initial document to be released in the Quadrennial Review will be a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking putting forth the FCC’s initial take on whether any of its ownership rules are no longer in the public interest and therefore need to be modified or eliminated.

Congressional Database Obsession: The Transparency in Music Licensing and Ownership Act is Quietly Adding Cosponsors

Music Technology Policy

Sensenbrenner introduced the Transparency in Music Licensing and Ownership Act last year, we roundly criticized the bill as an 11th Century solution to a 21st Century problem, the Domesday Book meets a unicorn. With all the talk about the controversial Music Modernization Act, one would have thought that a pre-condition of introducing the bill is that the Transparency in Music Licensing and Ownership Act would have been withdrawn.

'Buck Rogers' Ownership Dispute at Center of New Trial

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Descendants of the author battle descendants of the publisher. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Television Business THR Online

@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

LawNext Episode 9: Bill Henderson on Changing the Non-Lawyer Ownership Rules

Media Law

Should legal ethics rules be changed to allow non-lawyer ownership of legal services providers? So controversial is the question that it was major news in July when the State Bar of California voted to appoint a task force to study and make recommendations on the issue. What spurred the bar to take this action was the Legal Market Landscape Report it commissioned from William D. Henderson , professor at Indiana University Maurer School of Law.

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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.

'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 Updates Foreign Ownership Compliance Policies for Broadcast Companies

Broadcast Law Blog

At the FCC’s open meeting last week, the Commission adopted new policies for assessing and computing foreign ownership of broadcast companies – particularly such ownership in public companies. The rules adopted last week were principally an outgrowth of the petition for declaratory ruling filed by Pandora which sought FCC approval, in connection with its acquisition of a radio station, for foreign ownership of greater than 25%.

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.

FCC Asks for Comments on the State of the Audio Marketplace – A Precursor to Reviewing the Radio Ownership Rules?

Broadcast Law Blog

While this information is being requested for a report to Congress that may be used to craft legislation, the facts gathered for this report may well have a bearing on the FCC’s consideration of the radio ownership rules. As we wrote here , it is expected that the FCC will consider possible revisions to the radio ownership rules later this year as part of its next Quadrennial Review. The FCC routinely, at the request of Congress, does a study of the Video Marketplace.

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

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.

Lee Daniels Settles 'Butler,' 'Empire' Ownership Dispute With Damon Dash

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A lawsuit is dismissed with Dash''s attorney trumpeting a "creative" deal that will allow the two to work together again. read more. THR, Esq. Music Movies Television Music THR Online

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.

Bruce Willis Challenging Apple Over iTunes Ownership

Media Law Prof Blog

However, his Sixth Sense tells him that Apple's rule that iTunes customers get only a license, not ownership of their Bruce Willis is apparently a DieHard iTunes fan, so much so that he has invested thousands of dollars in downloads.

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

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.

'Happy Birthday' Ownership Judgment Will Wait on "Smoking Gun" Evidence

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A hearing Wednesday on whether one of the world's most popular songs belongs in the public domain ended without a decision. read more. THR, Esq. Earshot THR, Esq. Music Music Culture Business THR Online Warner Music Group

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%.

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.

Supreme Court Declines to Review Broadcast Indecency, Media Cross-Ownership

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Broadcasters win Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" dispute but won't get a further review from the high court on media-ownership restrictions.

Reconciling Ownership of Copyright and Copies

Media Law Prof Blog

Aaron Perzanowski, Case Western Reserve School of Law, and Jason Schultz, New York University School of Law, are publishing Reconciling Intellectual & Personal Property in volume 90 of the Notre Dame Law Review. Here is the abstract. Copyright law sets

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

Joint Sales Agreements, MInority Ownership, and the FCC

Media Law Prof Blog

FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai''s office has a statement including the results of his office''s investigation of links between joint sales agreements and ownership diversity.

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

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.

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Washington OKs Fee Sharing and Joint Ownership Between Lawyers and LLLTs

Media Law

To my knowledge, this makes Washington the first state to allow fee sharing and joint ownership of a law practice between a […]. The post Washington OKs Fee Sharing and Joint Ownership Between Lawyers and LLLTs appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites. The Supreme Court of Washington has approved revisions to the Rules of Professional Conduct governing lawyers in that state that allow lawyers and limited license legal technicians to form partnerships and share fees.

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 ).