Production Services Agreements

Gordon P. Firemark

A commonly used, but often misunderstood type of contract used throughout the entertainment industry is the Production Services Agreement. What is a Production Services Agreement? When would I use a Production Services Agreement? Production Fee and Cash Flow Schedule.

How (and why) to set up a special purpose production entity for your film or show

Gordon P. Firemark

In the case of film and theatre projects, the SPE would be created to produce a single film or production. In a common scenario, the producer of the company may have several projects in various stages of production at any given time.

Top 10 Product Announcements at ABA Techshow

Media Law

The post Top 10 Product Announcements at ABA Techshow appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites. I am just back from ABA Techshow in Chicago. It was well worth the trip, with great programming, a teeming exhibit hall, and abundant opportunities for networking and socializing.

Using Quotes in a film, video or media production

Gordon P. Firemark

In this video, Entertainment Lawyer Gordon Firemark answers a question about using quotes in your production. This is intended as general information only and does not establish an attorney-client relationship.

How to make sure your production doesn’t get shut down.

Gordon P. Firemark

How to make sure your production doesn't get shut down. In this post, I'll explain why, and also how savvy producers can avoid a similar fate for their productions. In June, at least two productions were forced to close right after opening.

My Mega Wrap-Up of Product News from the Legaltech Conference

Media Law

As expected, a number of companies announced roll-outs of new products or enhancements to existing ones. The post My Mega Wrap-Up of Product News from the Legaltech Conference appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites. It was a whirlwind several days at Legaltech in New York last week. This blog already reported some of these last week. Here are others I haven’t yet covered. See also my post yesterday at Above the Law, which […].

Law Librarians Name Casetext’s CARA as New Product of the Year

Media Law

Every year at its annual meeting, the American Association of Law Libraries presents an award for the new product of the year. The post Law Librarians Name Casetext’s CARA as New Product of the Year appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites. I happened to catch this picture of Arredondo at work during a visit last week to the Casetext offices. This week, it announced that this year’s honoree will be Pablo Arredondo, vice president […].

ABA Blueprint Launches Today to Help Small Firm Lawyers Buy Products and Services

Media Law

The American Bar Association today is launching ABA Blueprint, its website designed to help solo and small firm lawyers manage the complexities of their legal practices by helping them find the products and services they need at affordable prices. The post ABA Blueprint Launches Today to Help Small Firm Lawyers Buy Products and Services appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites.

Settlement Talks ‘Productive’ in PACER Fees Class Action

Media Law

Court of Federal Claims for more time to engage in settlement discussions, agreeing that discussions so far have been productive. The post Settlement Talks ‘Productive’ in PACER Fees Class Action appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites. The parties to a putative class action lawsuit claiming that the federal courts’ PACER system routinely overcharges for document downloads have asked the U.S.

Jury Hears ABC's Diane Sawyer Call "Pink Slime" a "True Description" of Beef Product

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A multibillion dollar defamation trial against ABC has entered its second week with jurors hearing from network employees. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

'Orphan Black' Production Company Must Face Copyright Lawsuit in California

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The $5 million lawsuit alleges the series was cloned from a screenplay submitted to producers a decade ago. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

Journey Sues Monster Products Following Canceled Performance

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The inconic band claims the electronics company guaranteed $500,000 for a performance at CES in Vegas. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music THR Online

Dick Clark Productions Prevails in Golden Globes Trial, Will Remain Show Producer

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Television Television Dick Clark Dick Clark Productions Golden GlobesAlex Ben Block A Los Angeles judge says a years-old contract gave DCP rights to produce the show as long as it remains on NBC read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq.

At User Conference, Thomson Reuters Elite Shows Off New Products

Media Law

At its international Vantage 2014 user conference last week in New York City, Thomson Reuters Elite showed off several new products. I attended a June 23 media day there, where members of the media met with Thomson Reuters executives and attended presentations on the new products.

Microsoft Readies Launch of Practice Management Product for Lawyers

Media Law

Microsoft is quietly preparing to formally launch a new practice management product for lawyers in the coming months. The product was scheduled to be announced this month but the announcement has been delayed. It now appears that the product will be rolled out at or around the time of ABA Techshow in April. The post Microsoft Readies Launch of Practice Management Product for Lawyers appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites.

The REAL business of television. Don’t lose sight of what the product is.

Gordon P. Firemark

They create the product they want to create, without knowing whether it’s a product anyone else gives a rat’s ass about. They determine what their customers want (not need, but WANT), and then they develop products that give it to them. Viewers are the PRODUCT.

An Update on Microsoft’s Practice Management Product for Lawyers

Media Law

In a recent post here, Microsoft Readies Launch of Practice Management Product for Lawyers, I wrote about Microsoft’s forthcoming launch of a practice management product for lawyers. The post An Update on Microsoft’s Practice Management Product for Lawyers appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites.

David Letterman's Production Company Beats Lawsuit from Royalty Collector

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A judge rejects a lawsuit from Worldwide Subsidy Group. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

Exclusive: America’s Most Productive Federal Courts

Media Law

” He challenged lawyers and judges to help conceive of innovative ways to help courts remain productive without having to sacrifice actual trials. As he finished his speech, he handed out the page you see below, titled “America’s Most Productive Federal District Courts.”

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Dear Vendors: Why LegalTech is the Worst Place to Demo Your Products

Media Law

I welcome opportunities to learn about the new products […]. The post Dear Vendors: Why LegalTech is the Worst Place to Demo Your Products appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites. Weather reports say a blizzard is coming my way, but I’m already being snowed under. With LegalTech New York just a week away, I am being deluged with emails from vendors asking to arrange demos at the show. I appreciate hearing from you. Honestly I do.

When does product placement become false advertising?

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

By Eriq Gardner Product placement has become so omnipresent in films and TV that we hardly think twice when we see it. But what happens if the film or show misrepresents the product? On the NYT's Freakonomics blog, Ian Ayres.

The Big Story at Next Week’s LegalTech Isn’t a Product, It’s a Person

Media Law

The post The Big Story at Next Week’s LegalTech Isn’t a Product, It’s a Person appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites. Next week’s LegalTech will be a glitzy, bustling showcase of the world’s largest legal technology companies. But amidst it all, one individual may prove to be the biggest story of the show.

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Katy Perry Files $6.5 Million Counterclaim Against Hair-Product Company

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

GHD says it dropped the singer as an endorser after research showed she had lost market appeal, but she responds that the company continued to use her name and image anyway. read more. Music THR, Esq. Style Business

Procuring Leaked 'Apprentice' Footage Raises Tricky Legal Questions for Media Outlets

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The Business Television Business THR Online Donald Trump Mark Burnett Mark Burnett Productions ApprenticeWith pressure mounting on Mark Burnett, the 'Apprentice' producer released a statement Monday afternoon. read more. THR, Esq.

'Butterfly Effect' Production Company Sued For Failing to Share Film's Profits

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Production company Benderspink filed a lawsuit on Thursday claiming it is owed profit shares from co-producer’s FilmEngine for the 2004 Ashton Kutcher thriller.

Ashton Kutcher Production Company Sues DMV for Backing Out of Reality Series

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Katalyst claims it is owed at least $1.44 million in damages for breach of contract. read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq. Television Television Ashton Kutcher

Carpe Diem Launches the Next Generation of Its Timekeeping Product

Media Law

The post Carpe Diem Launches the Next Generation of Its Timekeeping Product appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites. After I returned from LegalTech in February, I reported here that Tikit — which had just last October announced a major relaunch of the venerable timekeeping program Carpe Diem as Carpe Diem Classic — was about six weeks away from launching an all new version of its program, to be called Carpe Diem Next Generation. Well, […].

Second Circuit Blazes New Trail in Set-Top Box Cases: Cable Service and Boxes Are Not Separate Products

New Media and Technology Law

Plaintiffs claim that the operators have “tied” one product (the service) to another product (the box) and that the arrangement is a per se violation of the antitrust laws (i.e., The majority’s principal ground for affirming dismissal was that premium cable services and the interactive boxes used to access them are not separate products at all.

'Rocky Horror Show' Production Shut Down as Too Risque (Video)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

edit@hollywoodreporter.com (Eriq Gardner) Georgia politician regulates content by finding the show to be too offensive for local consumption. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music

Is your theatre or production in danger of an ADA lawsuit?

Gordon P. Firemark

Is your theatre or production in danger of an ADA lawsuit?

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Lawsuit Claims TLC's 'All-American Muslim' Was Stolen From TV Production Company (Exclusive)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner A company claims to be the creator of the series and says that Discovery has been working with its former president to steal its show without payment or credit. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television TLC

'Rocky Horror Picture Show' Production Shut Down as Too Risque (Video)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

edit@hollywoodreporter.com (Eriq Gardner) Georgia politician regulates content by finding the show to be too offensive for local consumption. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music

'Duck Dynasty' Creators Regain Control of Gurney Productions Under Court Order

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Scott and Deirdre Gurney have been locked in a legal battle with ITV Studios since December. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television THR Online Duck Dynasty

[Sponsored] Finally, an All-in-One Practice Management Tool Designed Specifically for Lawyers

Media Law

Above the Law General Sponsored Legal Practice Management Software Legal Tech practice management Product Review Small Law Firms Solo Practitioners Sponsored Content Stephanie Wilkins Technology Zola Media Zola SuiteIn the practice of law, time is money. Ask any lawyer what he or she looks for most in legal technology, and the answer will immediately be efficiency. Having everything you need in one place, without having to switch platforms, is not simply a convenience, it’s a necessity.

Entertainment Industry Insights Podcast, Episode 002: How to Plan, Produce and Distribute Your Independent Film with Eric Sherman

Gordon P. Firemark

Chris Gore''s Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide, 4th edition: The Essential Companion for Filmmakers and Festival-Goers (Chris Gore''s Ultimate Flim Festival Survival Guide) Entertainment Industry Insights Podcast Podcasts distribution film production

Subsidiary Rights Clauses in Theatrical Production Contracts. What’s the big deal?

Gordon P. Firemark

One of the most heatedly negotiated provisions in theatrical production licenses these days is the Subsidiary Rights Clause. Notwithstanding the value-added by a successful production, Producers and Playwrights also recognize that this value dissipates over time.

TechnoLawyer Picks the Year’s Top Tech Products

Media Law

Transporter, a device that lets lawyers set up their own private cloud for secure file storage, has been named as the year’s top new product for lawyers in TechnoLawyer’s listing of the top 25 new products and services. The top 25 are selected based on clicks by readers of TechnoLawyer’s TL NewsWire newsletter, a weekly […] The post TechnoLawyer Picks the Year’s Top Tech Products appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites.

Jessica Alba Lawsuit Vs. Pregnancy Weight Loss Product Raises Insurance Question

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner The company believed it had insurance to defend itself against Alba, but now the company is finding it to be rather thin. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Business Jessica Alba

How to get investors for your theatrical production (tele-class)

Gordon P. Firemark

How to get investors for your theatrical production (tele-class). Finding investors and donors for theatrical productions is a challenging task. How to get investors for your theatrical production (tele-class) is a post from: The Law Offices of Gordon P.

French Production Company Fined $46 Million for Failing to Distribute Spike Lee's Miracle at St. Anna

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner TF1 argued that Lee had delivered a different kind of film than the one it was promised and refused to hand over a nearly $16 million advance. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies Spike Lee International