Booze, Sex and Legal Drama: How the 'Bachelor' Scandal Could Reshape Reality TV

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

An allegation of sexual misconduct could put producers on notice that they're responsible for contestant behavior on set, "even if it might make for great TV."

Keith Olbermann Files Lawsuit Against Current TV

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Television Television Current TV Keith OlbermannMatthew Belloni Sources say the suit was filed Thursday afternoon in Los Angeles Superior Court. read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq.

FilmOn Loses Against TV Broadcasters in DC

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A judge rejects the TV streamer's argument of being entitled to a compulsory license. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Tech Business THR Online

Cable TV Subscribers Win Landmark Antitrust Verdict

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A jury decides to punish Cox Communications for tying premium cable services with the rental of expensive boxes. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

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Nielsen Sued for Billions Over Allegedly Manipulated TV Ratings

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In a huge new lawsuit, the business of TV ratings is fingered for rampant corruption by India's largest TV news network. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business Nielsen Company International

'Citizen Kane' TV Reboot Sparks Lawsuit

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The parties agreed updating the classic was "an important, and long overdue, project," according to the complaint. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television THR Online

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Viacom Says It Can't Be Held Responsible for TV Star's Sexual Assault

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Viacom lays out the reasons in court why a lawsuit by The Game is "absurd." read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Music Business THR Online

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'Walking Dead' Lawsuit Spills Obscene Emails and Tales of Greed Over TV's Billion-Dollar Hit

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"F— you all for giving me chest pains because of the staggering f—ing incompetence," creator Frank Darabont wrote to his collaborators as his nasty legal fight reveals thousands of pages of confidential documents. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television Business THR Online

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It Is Now Legal to Hack a Smart TV

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Copyright holders worried about the installation of "Popcorn Time," but the government agrees to an exemption of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Tech Business THR Online

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Puts Forward Big Proposal to Reshape Access to TV Programming

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Pay-TV providers to be required to give consumers free apps with extensive functionality in a proposal to be voted on Sept. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

Relativity Bankruptcy: Judge Approves Sale of TV Assets

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The TV assets are being sold to an investment group for $125 million. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies Television THR Online Relativity Media Ryan Kavanaugh

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Retain Ownership of TV Show – Entertainment Law Asked & Answered

Gordon P. Firemark

Can you make a TV show, and still retain the rights? Hannah asked if it’s possible to make a TV show and retain the rights. Now, in Network TV, the original creator of a TV Show idea/story will often be able to negotiate an Executive Producer credit, and in some instances an E.P.

Discovery Argues It's Not Legally Responsible for TV Star's Social Media Posts

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The media company finds itself in the middle of a war of words between two reality stars on Facebook. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Tech Business THR Online

Source: Keith Olbermann Settling $50 Million Current TV Lawsuit (Exclusive)

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Current TV Keith Olbermann THR, Esq. A deal is said to have been reached during a private mediation session in San Francisco on Tuesday. Terms will not be released. read more. Television

Appeals Court Rules TV Streamers Don't Get Compulsory License to Broadcast Networks

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The 9th Circuit has reversed a federal judge who concluded otherwise. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Tech Business THR Online

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TV Networks Hit With Antitrust Lawsuit Over NFL Rights Deals

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Plaintiffs say that CBS, NBC, Fox and ESPN are harming competition in the pro-football marketplace. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online CBS DirecTV ESPN NBC NFL Sports

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Viacom Faulted in Lawsuit for Not Protecting Rapper From Reality TV Contestant

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Facing a $7.1 million jury verdict for assaulting a woman, The Game points to an allegedly faulty background check. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Music Business THR Online

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Fox News' Legal War Over Sharing of TV Clips Headed to Appeals Court

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The cable news network agrees to delay an injunction in favor of a bid to expand the scope of a judge's order. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Tech Business THR Online

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Showtime Becomes Third TV Network This Summer to Sue Charter Over License Fees

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The premium pay-TV network follows Univision and Fox News into court. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

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'Buckaroo Banzai' Creators Claim MGM Infringed Copyright by Shopping TV Series

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Earl Mac Rauch and Walter Richter say in court papers that the early 80s deal with MGM was a limited one. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Television Business THR Online

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Fremantle's Buzzr TV Facing Trademark Suit From Website

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The social website publisher is suing the production company behind 'American Idol' for trademark infringement and unfair competition over its use of the term Buzzr. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Business THR Online

Fox News Hit With $4.5 Million Lawsuit for Walking Away from Reality TV Show

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"Pawn Star" producer says it had a deal for the cable news channel's first reality TV series. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

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Fox News Network Details Bizarre Reality TV "Fraud" by 'Pawn Stars' Producers

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Court papers reveal why Fox Business backed away from a series about real estate. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

TV Streamer Gets Huge Victory on Road to Compulsory License to Broadcast Networks

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FilmOn wins a potential landmark ruling — one that will set up a high-stakes appellate showdown with the broadcast establishment. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

FCC's Proposal to Reshape Access to TV Programming Appears Doomed

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FCC chairman Ajit Pai holds his first presser and takes questions about net neutrality, the AT&T-Time Warner merger and more topics. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Tech Business THR Online

It’s a Play! It’s Live Internet TV! It’s Both, and it Opens in Los Angeles on Friday

Digital Media Law

‘The Noir Series’ harkens back to the days of live TV but presents a thoroughly modern challenge to entertainment unions Bad Medicine,'' a segment from ''The Noir Series,'' features a chain-smoking doctor and two disconcerting nurses.

UTA Sues Ex-Relativity TV CEO for Unpaid Commissions

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The agency claims Tom Forman hasn't paid its commissions since 2015. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television THR Online

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Bloomberg Hit With $60M Lawsuit for Ending African TV Deal After Bad Publicity

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The business news company allegedly came up with pretext for termination after a reporter inquired about the "irony" of unpaid staffers in light of Michael Bloomberg's philanthropy. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online International

U.S. Government Supporting TV Broadcasters in Aereo Fight at Supreme Court

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The executive and legislative branches rally behind the TV broadcasters in their big copyright dispute. read more. The Business THR Online THR, Esq. Television Tech Business

'Lassie' Owner Files $1 Million Lawsuit Against TV Dog Commercial (Video)

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Eriq Gardner Is this TV commercial a copy of 'Lassie' or merely reminiscent? read more. THR, Esq. Television Television

Discovery Beats Defamation Lawsuit Over Reality TV Star's Facebook Postings

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Dual Survival's' Joe Teti was alleged to be acting as an agent for the network when he wrote that a former friend was "mentally ill." read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

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Judge Orders Shutdown of TV Streaming Service

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Eriq Gardner Judge rejects argument that ivi, Inc., was a cable system. read more. THR, Esq. Television Tech Television

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Judge Bans Airing of Lifetime TV's Chris Porco Movie (Exclusive)

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In an emergency appeal, the cable network blasts a judge for an "unprecedented" injunction that it says will cost millions of dollars, harm its brand and represent a disaster to free speech. read more. The Business Movies THR, Esq. Television Lifetime Business

Israel's Legal War: Can Reality TV Shows Be Copyrighted?

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Eriq Gardner Endemol is suing an Israeli TV producer for infringing the format on "Big Brother." The Israelis are fighting back, saying that "Big Brother" borrowed its own format from "The Real World" and there's little originality in the reality TV genre. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television Business Big Brother International

Tom Arnold Sues Australian Reality TV Network for Fraud

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The actor says he's owed $140,000 for his performance on 'I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here' and a related comedy tour. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television THR Online

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Talent Agencies Fight Allegations of Herding TV Clients By Deception

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A boutique talent agency takes on UTA and ICM and says that moving away from commissions is harming actors, writers and directors. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

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TV Incentive Auction Moves Forward – FCC Estimates the Value of TV Stations and Clarifies the Interference Standard for Stations Who Remain After the Auction

Broadcast Law Blog

There are more and more signs that the FCC is moving forward aggressively with its “incentive auction ” to purchase TV stations so that their licenses can be cancelled and their spectrum sold to and reused by wireless companies for wireless broadband purposes. The Commission also bases these calculations on reclaiming over 120 MHz of TV spectrum (20 TV channels).

Chinese Company's $2 Billion Deal Adds Intrigue to Vizio Smart TV Privacy Lawsuit

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Plaintiffs say that Vizio TVs are too nosy already, but the issue could go cloak and dagger as LeEco purchases the U.S. company. read more. THR, Esq. Behind the Screen The Business Television Tech Business THR Online

Aereo, Ivi and the Legal Road That Will Determine the Future of TV Cord-Cutting

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Eriq Gardner A new Barry Diller-backed service promises to revolutionize digital streaming of TV. Can it survive legal challenges? read more. THR, Esq. Television Television Tech Business Barry Diller

TV Broadcasters Beat Class Action Lawsuit Over College Athletics

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A Tennessee judge rules that participants in sporting events don't have publicity rights under state law. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online