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.

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.

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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.

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

FCC Sets Up Re-Scan Help Desk for Consumers Dealing With TV Repacking

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC yesterday announced that it is setting up a consumer help desk , where operators will be standing by to answer questions about rescanning the TV spectrum to find TV stations that have changed channels due to the repacking of the TV band. Digital Television Incentive Auctions/Broadband Report Television repacking of TV spectrum rescanning

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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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.

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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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

FCC Sets Up Re-Scan Help Desk for Consumers Dealing With TV Repacking

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC yesterday announced that it is setting up a consumer help desk , where operators will be standing by to answer questions about rescanning the TV spectrum to find TV stations that have changed channels due to the repacking of the TV band. Digital Television Incentive Auctions/Broadband Report Television repacking of TV spectrum rescanning

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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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."

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

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 Starts Accepting ATSC 3.0 Applications – The Next Generation of TV Transmission

Broadcast Law Blog

Effective yesterday, May 28, the FCC is accepting applications for television stations to begin to convert to the next generation TV transmission standard – ATSC 3.0 or “NexGen TV.” Last week, the Commission issued a Public Notice announcing that the form ( FCC Form 2100 ) necessary for stations to apply to transition to the new standard is now available for both full-power (Schedule B to Form 2100), low power (Schedule D) and Class A TV stations (Schedule F).

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

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

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

'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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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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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.

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

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

FCC Adopts Rules for Reimbursement of LPTV, TV Translators and FMs Displaced by Incentive Auction; Releases Catalog of Reimbursable Expenses; and Lifts Filing Freeze

Broadcast Law Blog

In a flurry of actions in the last week, the FCC has acted to assist LPTV stations and TV translators displaced by the TV incentive auction. It also adopted rules to assist FM stations (including FM translators and Low Power FM stations) that were adversely affected by tower work caused by the incentive auction on the towers they share with TV stations. Plenty of actions for LPTV stations and TV translators to digest – and some for FM stations too.

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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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

YouTube Beats TV With 1 Billion Watching….TV, and loves them some payola, escorts and drugs

Music Technology Policy

YouTube is TV : A good chunk of what’s on YouTube is clipped from broadcast or cable television. https://twitter.com/ProfJeffJarvis/status/330289930049822720. It sounded like a script by Fake Jeff Jarvis.

Asked & Answered – How to submit a spec script for an existing TV series

Gordon P. Firemark

Blair wants to know whether she needs an agent to submit a spec script she's written for an existing TV Series. Asked & Answered – How to submit a spec script for an existing TV series is a post from: Law Offices of Gordon P. Firemark - Theatre, Film, TV & New Media. I give an answer, and some practical advice about this kind of thing. link]. This is intended as general information only and does not establish an attorney-client relationship.

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

Do TV Program Ratings Do a Good Job Telling Families Which Programs are Appropriate for Kids to Watch? Congress Wants to Know, So the FCC is Asking

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC this week launched an inquiry into whether the TV Parental Guidelines and the organization that oversees these ratings provide accurate information to viewers as to which TV programs are appropriate for children. The ratings that resulted are familiar to most TV viewers and range from TV-Y programming appropriate for all children to TV-MA , appropriate only for mature audiences.

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FCC Opens Settlement Window for Mutually Exclusive LPTV and TV Translator Applications from the Special Displacement Window

Broadcast Law Blog

Incentive Auctions/Broadband Report Low Power Television/Class A TV LPTV displacement window TV translator displacement window

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

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

FCC Adopts New Rules on Satellite TV Stations, Removing Order from March Meeting Agenda

Broadcast Law Blog

Earlier this week, the FCC released an order adopting new rules governing the sale of TV stations serving as “satellites” of other stations in their markets – either rebroadcasting the primary station or otherwise operating in conjunction with that parent station, usually serving rural areas where an independent full-service station cannot economically operate.

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).

Event: Composer and Music Licensing Agreements for Film, TV, & New Media

Gordon P. Firemark

Composer and Music Licensing Agreements for Film, TV, & New Media. Event: Composer and Music Licensing Agreements for Film, TV, & New Media is a post from: The Law Offices of Gordon P.

Pay TV Industry Loses Subscribers In 2013

Media Law Prof Blog

The Hollywood Reporter notes the results of a new study that finds that pay TV (including cable and satellite) lost net subscribers from its total number of customers for the first ever at the end of 2013.

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FCC Seeks Comments on Reimbursable Repacking Expenses for LPTV, TV Translators, and FM Radio

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC yesterday released a Public Notice asking for comments on a “ Catalog of Expenses ” that would be reimbursed to licensees of LPTV and TV translator stations, as well as FM broadcasters, who are impacted by the repacking of the TV spectrum following the TV incentive auction. FM Radio Incentive Auctions/Broadband Report Low Power Television/Class A TV incentive auction reimbursement fund LPTV reimbursement program

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.

It Is Now Legal to Hack a Smart TV

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

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

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

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

"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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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.