Asked and Answered: What can I do if my co-writer bails before the script is finished?

Gordon P. Firemark

So, you could continue with a new draft on your own, but you’d still be required to share billing credit and compensation with your former co-writer. (and BUT, all of this depends on your recalcitrant (and absent) co-writer being reachable, and amenable to such a deal.

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Potential Breakthrough In Writers Guild Strike

DealFatigue

The parties reportedly closed the gap over how much the studios should pay writers for free streaming of movies and television programs over the Internet.

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NBC Universal Writers Pen Letter of Support for Comcast Writers

Digital Media Law

The WGA’s effort to represent Comcast writers is heating up. The letter also asserts Comcast CEO promised at Congressional hearing “‘to continue the good relations with the guilds and with the unions that NBC Universal has.’” Details: The Hollywood Reporter. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Check out my residuals chart there too.

'Zootopia' Lawsuit: Plot Similarities Detailed by Writer Suing Disney

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Esplanade Pictures sued Disney in March, claiming its film copied the work of writer Gary L. Goldman who had pitched his franchise idea to the animation powerhouse in 2000 and 2009. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online

Writers Want (And Should Take) More Time To Call Strike

DealFatigue

Writers wanting more time? Tags: Writers Negotiations Guilds WGA Strike entertainment law writers guild wga strike What a surprise. Glad to hear there’s probably a delay ( though I’m still predicting that they will close a deal without a strike ).

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20 Questions for New Artists Part 4: Band Administrator, Split Sheets and Co-Writer Agreements

Music Technology Policy

Some professional songwriters take split sheets into each writing session and at least get all the co-writers to sign off on the split sheet and at least register the song with their PRO when the song is completed. This is another one of those discussions that are better had before the band is making money to avoid the “selective memory disease” and can help if the band (or any member-writer) is ever accused of copyright infringement in connection with a song.

CAA Settles TV Writer Age Discrimination Lawsuit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Matthew Belloni Lawyers for the agency and the writers jointly announced the settlement; CAA will make a $150,000 donation to a charity that assists older writers. read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq. The Business Television CAA

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Jason Tashea, Former ABA Journal Tech Writer, Joins A2J Tech Startup

Media Law

Until December, Tashea was a legal affairs and technology staff writer at the ABA Journal, which he joined in 2017.

Newsweek Writer Going After Twitter User for Allegedly Causing Seizure

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

"I'm coming for you," Kurt Eichenwald warned the anonymous user on Twitter. read more. THR, Esq. Tech Tech THR Online

Writer Joe McGinniss Dies

Media Law Prof Blog

Joe McGinniss, author of The Selling of the President, 1968, and Fatal Vision, has died at the age of 71. Mr. McGinniss was only 26 when he wrote the The Selling of the President, which was an eye-opener for those

Sylvester Stallone's 'Expendables' Launches Nasty Writers Battle

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A legal dispute over the hit action franchise -- in which Stallone has been taking punches from writers who claim their work was stolen -- exposes the whole messy system of who gets credit for what. read more. WGA Movies David Callaham Warner Bros. THR, Esq. Sylvester Stallone THR Weekly Magazine The Expendables Business

Chinese Government Delays Writer's Trial

Media Law Prof Blog

The National Campaign reports that the Chinese government is putting off the trial of writer Tragyal; the writer has criticized the government's policies toward Tibet. Via Jurist

Two Writers Depart DC, Leaving "Batwoman" Behind

Media Law Prof Blog

The writers Batwoman''s co-authors J. Williams and W. Haden Blackman have announced via a blogpost (unavailable 9/5/2013 due to maintenance issues) that they are parting ways with DC Comics, due to creative differences (more here from The Hollywood Reporter).

Writer claims agents stole TV show ideas

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A TV writer named Brian Everett is suing Endeavor (now WME) alleging that the short-lived 2008 CBS show "Welcome to the Captain" infringed. By Eriq Gardner Hollywood studios get sued all the time for idea theft. But a talent agency?

Writers Want (And Should Take) More Time To Call Strike

DealFatigue

Writers wanting more time? Guilds Negotiations Writers entertainment law strike wga wga strike writers guild What a surprise. Glad to hear there’s probably a delay ( though I’m still predicting that they will close a deal without a strike ). In any event, I have a number of deals that won’t close by tonight but might close next week if I had more time. Then again, nothing closes like a ticking clock with minutes to go.

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Writers Want (And Should Take) More Time To Call Strike

DealFatigue

Writers wanting more time? Guilds Negotiations Writers entertainment law strike wga wga strike writers guildWhat a surprise. Glad to hear there’s probably a delay ( though I’m still predicting that they will close a deal without a strike ). In any event, I have a number of deals that won’t close by tonight but might close next week if I had more time. Then again, nothing closes like a ticking clock with minutes to go.

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Potential Breakthrough In Writers Guild Strike

DealFatigue

The parties reportedly closed the gap over how much the studios should pay writers for free streaming of movies and television programs over the Internet. The Directors Guild closed their deal over these issues last month but many striking writers (and SAG members) criticized that deal for not going far enough on streaming.

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Potential Breakthrough In Writers Guild Strike

DealFatigue

The parties reportedly closed the gap over how much the studios should pay writers for free streaming of movies and television programs over the Internet. The Directors Guild closed their deal over these issues last month but many striking writers (and SAG members) criticized that deal for not going far enough on streaming.

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'Seinfeld' Writer Beats Kramer's Defamation Lawsuit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A New York judge analyzes whether one popular catchphrase from the show, when shouted from a bus, can be interpreted as a homophobic taunt. read more. THR Online THR, Esq. Television LGBT Seinfeld Business

No Strike Waivers For TV Yet But Web Start Ups Tempt Writers

DealFatigue

The LA Times ran a story that striking writers are in talks with venture capitalists to finance and launch Internet start-up companies. Variety’s Dave McNary reported that the WGA rejected requests for strike waivers by the Golden Globes and Oscar telecasts today.

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National Security and South Korean Writers

Media Law Prof Blog

From the New York Times: South Korea's national security law and its application to writers, particularly satirists

Arsenio Hall Sued Over Head Writer Position

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Paul Raff claims he was promised a top position with the syndicated series that went to another writer. read more. Arsenio Hall THR Online THR, Esq. Television Business

The ABA Journal is Looking For A Legal Affairs Writer

Media Law

The ABA Journal, the flagship magazine and website of the American Bar Association, is looking for a full-time legal affairs writer. The post The ABA Journal is Looking For A Legal Affairs Writer appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites. Are you a lawyer-turned-journalist or a journalist with an interest in writing about legal issues? If so, then here’s the job for you.

Disney Hit With Lawsuit Claiming 'Zootopia' Ripped Off 'Total Recall' Writer

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

According to complaint, Gary Goldman pitched his own 'Zootopia' project twice to Disney. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Business THR Online

MGM Sues 'Buckaroo Banzai' Writer and Director Over Right to Make New TV Series

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Earl Mac Rauch and Walter Richter proclaim they own rights — and have been telling others including Amazon Studios and Kevin Smith's agents at WME. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Television Business THR Online

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More Writers Object To Amazon Policies

Media Law Prof Blog

A number of German writers have now joined the chorus protesting Amazon''s policy promoting e-books, alleging that the online retailing giant delays or fails to promote the products of those authors whose publishers do not agree to Amazon''s pricing policies

Lawsuit claims writer, managers stole 'Lottery Ticket'

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

By Matthew Belloni EXCLUSIVE: It's every screenwriter's nightmare: your manager advises you to collaborate with another client, who then takes your idea and develops it into a big movie without including or even telling you. Those are the allegations in.

'Exorcist' writer sues for access to Warner Bros. records

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

By Matthew Belloni The writer of "The Exorcist" is accusing Warner Bros. of some head-spinning behavior. Well, not really, but that description is more exciting than writing that William Peter Blatty wants access to financial records he believes could show

Writer Sues BBC for Stealing 'Orphan Black'

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. The Business Orphan Black THR Online THR, Esq. Television BBC America Business

'G.I. Joe' Writers Sue Paramount, MGM Over 'Stolen' Sequel (Exclusive)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Two of the three writers who worked on the 2009 film seek $23 million for work on "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," which was allegedly taken without credit or compensation. read more. The Business G.I. Joe: Retaliation Movies THR, Esq. Business

Comcast Writers Overwhelmingly Vote for WGA in Unofficial Secret Ballot

Digital Media Law

About 3/4 of eligible writers voted in an unusual procedure supervised by LA City Council president Eric Garcetti, meant to draw attention to labor issue. Details: The Hollywood Reporter. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Check out my residuals chart there too. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email.

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'The Expendables': Writers Guild Tribunal Evolves Into Fraud Lawsuit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Producers of the 2010 Sylvester Stallone film claim that one of the credited writers withheld e-mails in a secret fight over authorship. read more. Movies THR Online THR, Esq. Labor Business

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'Friday the 13th' Producer Points to Writers' Union Membership in Bid to Retain Franchise Rights

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Victor Miller, the original film's scriptwriter, is looking to reclaim rights, but will he be able to take the hockey-masked "Jason" with him? read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Business THR Online Labor

Indigenous Writers & Activists on Indian Child Welfare Act & Ongoing Str.

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

New York Times writer's anti-white tweets cause outrage

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

No Strike Waivers For TV Yet But Web Start Ups Tempt Writers

DealFatigue

The LA Times ran a story that striking writers are in talks with venture capitalists to finance and launch Internet start-up companies. Guilds Internet Television conan o''brian daily variety dave mcnary david letterman entertainment law film roman icebox.com jay leno joseph menn labor law level13.net strike the los angeles times the new york times the tonight show wga wga strike writers writers guild of america youtube

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No Strike Waivers For TV Yet But Web Start Ups Tempt Writers

DealFatigue

The LA Times ran a story that striking writers are in talks with venture capitalists to finance and launch Internet start-up companies. Guilds Internet Television conan o'brian daily variety dave mcnary david letterman entertainment law film roman icebox.com jay leno joseph menn labor law level13.net strike the los angeles times the new york times the tonight show wga wga strike writers writers guild of america youtube

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Asked & Answered: Should writer’s groups allow development execs as members?

Gordon P. Firemark

There’s nothing fundamentally riskier about having a development executive in your group, than having other writers seeing, hearing-about, and evaluating your work. The fact is, other writers are just as capable of ‘borrowing’ material from your work, and in-fact, may be more likely to do so. Q: I belong to a script development group in Hollywood.

Universal Loses Bid to Toss Lawsuit Claiming 'The Purge' Was Stolen from Writer

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A judge finds the allegation that Douglas Jordan-Benel's 'Settler's Day' was infringed to be plausibly supported at this stage. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business THR Online

WRITERS GUILD STRIKE -- A VIEW FROM MALIBU

Entertainment Litigation Blog

As Barry writes, the principal issue preventing a deal with the writers seems to be how to handle, and divide revenues from, new media such as cell phones and the internet. Barry Haldeman, one of my colleagues in the JMBM Entertainment Group, wrote an interesting op-ed piece for the Malibu Times on the WGA strike. You can read his piece here.

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Hollywood Docket: Writer Tries to Reanimate 'Zootopia' Lawsuit Against Disney

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Plus, Walmart ends its insurance fight over the crash that killed comedian James McNair and left actor Tracy Morgan in critical condition. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online

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The Proposal's Writer and Director Talk Comedy

Thompson On Hollywood

Chiarelli and Fletcher explain how they made a smart studio rom-com, and how the Writers' Strike may have been a good thing for their movie, which opens June 19. The rom-com seems doomed by studio formulas and misogynistic concepts like Bride Wars , which I refused to go see.

London Calling For Outsourced Writing

DealFatigue

With the WGA strike two weeks old tonight, the demand for quality writers (or near-acceptable substitutes) is getting acute. The Guild only has jurisdiction in the US; making Canadian or UK writers a potential writing resource during the strike.