THE LATEST ARTICLES
HOLLYWOOD • May 2, 2022
Netflix’s Hollywood Red Line
As Hollywood grapples with the gritty new economics of streaming, industry dealmakers are closely watching whether Netflix will ever pull the ripcord on its singular refusal to provide backend comp.
HOLLYWOOD • April 25, 2022
Inside HBO’s Lakers Headache
NBA legend Jerry West is demanding a retraction over Winning Time and is hinting at a lawsuit. He’d probably lose, but an industry-shaking upset could depend on… Netflix.
HOLLYWOOD • April 18, 2022
Hollywood’s Marvel-Disney Horror Story
Fifty years ago, Washington created a legal time bomb that allows the creators behind everything from Robocop and Beetlejuice to The Avengers multiverse to terminate their copyright grants and renegotiate. Welcome to the I.P. apocalypse.
SILICON VALLEY • April 11, 2022
Elon Musk and the Three Libel Suits
Twitter’s newest activist investor could be called to testify this week at Johnny Depp defamation trial against his ex-wife, Amber Heard. If it happens, it wouldn’t be his first time on the stand.
HOLLYWOOD • April 4, 2022
The “Shitty Media Men” Lawsuit From Hell
Notes from the legal underbelly of the #MeToo movement, and other pressing issues on my docket.
SILICON VALLEY • April 1, 2022
How to Make and Lose Millions in an E-Sports Coup
FaZe Clan, a gaming and influencer entertainment company, is trying to clean up its image before going public at a $1 billion valuation. Its legal filings reveal a far messier backstory.
HOLLYWOOD • March 29, 2022
The Will Smith Legal Fallout
ABC, the F.C.C., the L.A.P.D… How Hollywood and the law enforcement are making sense of slapgate, one day later.
HOLLYWOOD • March 21, 2022
The Andy Warhol Legal Diaries
Will the Supreme Court save the $1.7 trillion art market? Some in the art world are worried that a copyright ruling last year could make it unlawful to derive recognizable inspiration from something else.
HOLLYWOOD • March 17, 2022
Inside Chris Cuomo’s $125 Million Case Against CNN
Interestingly, some of the precedent for the filing hangs on a previous suit—regarding Michael Jackson, no less—that is already being contested by some of the very same players. Plus, Fox News’ fresh legal headache.
HOLLYWOOD • March 15, 2022
CBS Is Finally Settling Its Les Moonves Litigation
The former television executive, despite losing his $120 million severance, is still costing CBS money following his #MeToo defenestration.