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.

FCC Announces That It Will Lift Filing Freeze on TV Station Modification Applications before LPTV/TV Translator Displacement Window

Broadcast Law Blog

For well over four years, television stations have not been able to file applications to upgrade their technical facilities as the FCC froze such applications as it wanted to preserve a stable database of TV facilities while it conducted the Incentive Auction and implemented the repacking of the TV band. But, presumably, stations filing in that window will have a more stable universe of TV stations from which they can plan their displacement applications.

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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.

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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.

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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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."

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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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.

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.

'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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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

Good News: Big Machine TV

Music Technology Policy

Big Machine TV ( www.BigMachineTV.com) will offer music videos and behind-the-scenes content when it goes live in February, later hosting exclusive interviews, announcements, contests and more. The development of Big Machine TV comes just as Nielsen Music’s recent 2016 U.S. The Big Machine TV platform is an incredible tool to better serve our artists and their fans by delivering content when and how we want, all the while making sure the creators are compensated fairly.”.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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.

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

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.

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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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.

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

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

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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The Latest on the TV Incentive Auction – More Regional Information Sessions by the FCC for Auction that Still Appears Targeted for 2016

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC yesterday announced a number of new regional information sessions on the TV incentive auction , by which the FCC proposes to purchase the spectrum of some TV stations to resell that spectrum to wireless users. In particular, we expect the FCC to issue an order changing its rules on post-auction channel sharing by TV stations that do not totally cease operations after the auction.

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Our Quarterly Review of the Legal and Regulatory Issues Facing TV Broadcasters

Broadcast Law Blog

Each quarter, my partner David O’Connor and I update a list of the legal and regulatory issues facing TV broadcasters. So if you are wondering what legal and regulatory issues TV broadcasters should be considering this summer, or are looking for the current status of any proceeding potentially impacting TV broadcasters, check out our most recent updated summary, here.

FCC Orders Freeze on LPTV and TV Translator Displacement Applications, While Slightly Easing Freeze on Applications by Full Power TV Stations

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC has just imposed a freeze on the filing of displacement applications for LPTV and TV translator stations , as well as displacement applications for Class A TV stations. LPTV stations and TV translators, are secondary to full-power stations and can be displaced by changes in full-power stations. The FCC has agreed to begin to process applications that were already pending as of the TV freeze date of April 5, 2013.

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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).

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February Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters – TV Renewals, EEO Reports, Lots of TV Incentive Auction Activity, OTT MVPD and Contest Comments, and Last-Minute January Deadlines for Webcasting

Broadcast Law Blog

On February 2, license renewal applications in the second-to-last filing window of this renewal cycle are due to be submitted to the FCC by TV stations in New York and New Jersey. The last TV stations to have to file in a regular renewal cycle will be due on April 1 , for those TV stations in Pennsylvania and Delaware. Commercial radio and TV stations in the entire country will be filing their Biennial Reports in December of this year.

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Fox Allowed to Sue TV Executive for Violating Sexual Harassment Handbook

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

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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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Can Sinclair Force TV Anchors to Pay Up If They Quit?

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Sinclair uses a liquidated damages clause for voluntary termination and also reserves the right to fire anchors for expressing political viewpoints or suffering disabilities that prevent a pleasant personal appearance. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television Business THR Online

FCC Reminds Repacked TV Stations of Upcoming June and July Deadlines

Broadcast Law Blog

The incentive auction, where the FCC agreed to buy the spectrum of numerous TV stations so that they could repackage that spectrum and sell it to wireless users, ended with the FCC’s Closing Notice released in April. But, in order to clear contiguous blocks of spectrum for the wireless companies who bought spectrum in the auction, the FCC not only had to buy the spectrum rights of a number of TV stations, but they also had to repack the remaining TV stations into a smaller TV band.

FCC Announces New Locations for TV Incentive Auction Seminars and Private Meetings

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC continues to take its show on the road, announcing incentive auction seminars for TV broadcasters in several new cities. At these seminars, FCC officials meet with TV broadcasters in a general meeting to outline the mechanics of the proposed incentive auction to reclaim a portion of the TV band to be resold to wireless users for wireless broadband purposes, and the subsequent “repacking” when remaining TV stations will be assigned channels on which to operate in a smaller TV band.

FCC Announces Second Filing Window for Upgrades and New Channels for Repacked TV Stations – October 3 through November 2

Broadcast Law Blog

This window gives TV stations an opportunity to apply for a greater coverage area if such an upgrade is possible without creating interference to any other station. Applications must also protect facilities specified in applications with “cut-off” protection that were filed before the April 2013 pre-auction freeze on the processing of TV construction permit applications went into effect. This window provides an opportunity for some TV broadcasters to upgrade their service contours.

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).

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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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.