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.

Two TV Journalists Fight Grand Jury Subpoena After Interviewing Suge Knight in Prison

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Nora Donaghy, one of the journalists working on a TV series that will include new information about Tupac Shakur's death, had her cell phone seized by police officers.

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Keith Olbermann Files Lawsuit Against Current TV

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

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.

How to get your music into film, TV, Video Games, etc.

Gordon P. Firemark

Check out what they said here: Music Supervisors Sound Off on Getting Your Music into Film/TV. The post How to get your music into film, TV, Video Games, etc. Firemark - Los Angeles Entertainment Lawyers - Theatre, Film, TV & New Media.

FCC Appoints Regional Coordinators for TV Post-Auction Repacking Process

Broadcast Law Blog

With the FCC last week announcing the results of the reverse auction portion of the incentive auction and setting the timetable for the repacking of the TV spectrum , the next question on everyone’s mind will be how successful the television industry will be in adhering to the schedule established by the FCC for clearing the TV spectrum above Channel 37.

HBO Exec Sues TV Academy Over Fall at the Emmys

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Nancy Lesser missed the after-party and spent eight months on leave. She alleges the red carpet and other exits at the Microsoft Theater amounted to a dangerous condition. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television Awards THR Online

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'Citizen Kane' TV Reboot Sparks Lawsuit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

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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Malcolm X Interview On Canadian TV (1965)

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

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FilmOn Loses Against TV Broadcasters in DC

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

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

The FCC and Online TV Services

Media Law Prof Blog

The National Journal on growing resistance to the FCC's plan to regulate online TV services

Nielsen Looks for Injunction Against ComScore Over TV Ratings

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A service that just targets the television market and uses proprietary technology and data is alleged to violate a contract. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

Satellite TV Provider Not Required to Offer Credit When Channels Go Dark

New Media and Technology Law

Cable and satellite TV customers pay monthly fees for bundled channel packages of different sizes. Contracts Television bundle cable TV channels satellite TV service agreementExpanded Basic. Choice. Choice Plus. The packages are becoming “skinnier,” allowing you to customize your service from a set of modules (i.e., the Family package, the Sports package, various language packages, etc.). But each module is still a pre-set bundle of channels.

Incentive Auction Developments – Payments to TV Stations Giving Up Their Spectrum Announced and Bill Introduced to Provide More Funds for Repacking Reimbursement for TV, Radio and LPTV Stations

Broadcast Law Blog

Earlier this week, we wrote about some of the upcoming dates for broadcasters in the TV incentive auction process – particularly those dealing with the repacking process. Even LPTV stations and TV translators displaced by the repacking of full-service stations could be eligible for reimbursement of their expenses.

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Alki David Fights TV Broadcasters' Lawsuit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The digital TV operator says in court papers that the networks are abusing the public trust. read more. The Business THR, Esq. Television Business

Washington Issues for TV Broadcasters – Where Things Stand at the FCC

Broadcast Law Blog

Every few months, my partner David O’Connor and I update a list of the legal and regulatory issues facing TV broadcasters. Digital Television Incentive Auctions/Broadband Report Political Broadcasting Television broadcast legal issues TV NewsCheck washington issues for TV broadcasters

Tom Arnold Sues Australian Reality TV Network for Fraud

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

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

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

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

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

What’s Next for TV Stations Repacked as a Result of the Incentive Auction? – Recent Flurry of FCC Announcements

Broadcast Law Blog

As the repacking of the TV band proceeds after the Incentive Auction , the FCC has issued some guidance as to what comes next for TV stations. Obviously, in the near future, TV stations that agreed to surrender their spectrum in the auction will get notice from the FCC to expect their payments from the proceeds collected from the wireless companies that purchased the repackaged surrendered TV spectrum.

Keith Olbermann Settles $50 Million Current TV Lawsuit (Exclusive)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Current TV Keith Olbermann THR, Esq. UPDATED: In a joint statement, both parties confirmed to THR that a settlement deal has been reached. Terms will not be released. read more. Television

Child Participants In Reality TV Programming

Media Law Prof Blog

Benjamin Shmueli, Bar-Ilan University Faculty of Law, is publishing Children in Reality TV: A Comparative and International Perspective in volume 25 of the Duke Journal of Comparative & International Law (2015).

TV Show Formats

Media Law Prof Blog

Stefan Bechtold, ETH Zurich, has published The Fashion of TV Show Formats. Over the last years, a vibrant global market for TV show formats has developed. Here is the abstract. New game show, casting, soap, telenovela, documentary and other formats

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.

First Post-Incentive Auction Window Opens for Modifications By Repacked TV Stations that Can’t Build on Their Assigned Channel

Broadcast Law Blog

Earlier this week, the FCC announced the first of its post-auction filing windows for TV stations that are forced to abandon their current channels as a result of the repacking of the TV band after the broadcast incentive auction. As a result of the shrinking of the TV band, many TV stations were required to change channels so that all stations could fit into the smaller TV band.

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Producers Move to Dismiss Lawsuit Over Jenni Rivera TV Series

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Competing biopics about the Mexican-American superstar are at the center of a lawsuit. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television THR Online

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Vizio Agrees to $2.2M Settlement to Resolve FTC Complaint Over "Smart TV" Data Collection

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The FTC challenges a company's sharing of TV viewing activity for the first time. Will it be the last time? read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Tech Business THR Online

Baseball and TV

Media Law Prof Blog

The Hollywood Reporter discusses what is happening now that an MLB arbitration panel has decided that the Washington Nationals should get fair market value for the broadcast rights to their games. More here, and here from the Washington Post

Relativity Bankruptcy: Judge Approves Sale of TV Assets

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

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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Cable TV Subscribers Win Landmark Antitrust Verdict

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

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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NAB Details Radio Stations that Could be Affected by Repacking of the TV Band

Broadcast Law Blog

One of the lesser highlighted concerns of the repacking of the TV band into channels 36 and below following the recent incentive auction has been the impact of the repacking on radio stations. As TV stations need to shuffle channels to fit into the smaller TV band as the upper TV channels are repurposed for wireless uses, there will be many situations where there will be tower climbers and other tower work to accomplish the required TV channel changes.

Reminder: Repacking Transition Progress Report Must Be Filed by Repacked TV Stations by October 10

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC yesterday issued a Public Notice ( available here ) reminding all TV stations (including Class A TV stations) that are changing channels as a result of the TV incentive auction, including those receiving compensation from auction payments for moving from UHF to VHF channels, that they must file their first quarterly Transition Progress Report no later than October 10, 2017.

Alert for Reality TV producers. Filming or photographing celebrities’ kids will soon be a crime.

Gordon P. Firemark

Guidelines for reality tv and newsgathering folks. Bottom line: If you're in the Reality TV productoin biz, and a celebrity with kids arrives in your shot, you'd have to stop shooting, or risk being charged with violating the statute. Alert for Reality TV producers. Firemark - Theatre, Film, TV & New Media. Should celebrities' kids be off-limits for photographers and video crews? California's new law.

Nielsen Sued for Billions Over Allegedly Manipulated TV Ratings

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

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

Washington Issues for TV Broadcasters – Where Things Stand at the FCC

Broadcast Law Blog

Each quarter, my partner David O’Connor and I update a list of the legal and regulatory issues facing TV broadcasters. Of course, these issues change almost daily, as on Friday, after we completed this article, the FCC made two announcements on the Incentive Auction , setting the process for the post-Auction repacking of the TV spectrum , and outlining what happens next for TV broadcasters.

A&E Settles Lawsuit Over Bristol Palin Reality TV Series

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

TV Show Reviews BusinessBristol Palin: Life's a Tripp' was alleged to be a derivative of a show that Kyle Massey and his family had been working on. read more. The Business THR, Esq.

Bloomberg Can't Escape Lawsuit After Terminating TV Deal

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The claims come from Optima Media Group, Bloomberg's former partner in Africa. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online International

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Fox Allowed to Sue TV Executive for Violating Sexual Harassment Handbook

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

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TV interview with Mark Yoshimoto Nemcoff: Fair Use, Parody and the Web.

Gordon P. Firemark

A few weeks ago, at the BlogWorld 2011 conference, I gave an interview to my good friend Mark Yoshimoto Nemcoff of. We discussed the Fair Use defense to copyright infringement. The angles aren’t particularly flattering, but here’s the video: Entertainment Law Podcasting Television

TV Show Host, Lawyer Can't Dodge Claim of Submitting False Copyright Takedown

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The dispute centers around an ABC show that was removed for download on Amazon.com. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

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

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

"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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FCC Details Window for LPTV Stations and TV Translators Displaced by the Incentive Auction to Seek New Channels

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC last week released a Public Notice describing the process for the filing of applications for replacement channels for LPTV stations and TV translators that are displaced by the incentive auction. The FCC estimates that the LPTV/TV Translator window will likely be announced 7 or 8 months after last month’s Closing Notice in the auction – meaning that it is likely to be announced at the end of this year.