WT Deals: Filmmaker Siân Heder to Adapt Upcoming Novel "Impossible" by Sarah Lotz

Filmmaker Siân Heder is set to direct and write a feature of the upcoming novel Impossible by Sarah Lotz.

Patrick Wachsberger and Ashley Stern with Picture Perfect Federation, Molly Smith, Trent Luckinbill, and Thad Luckinbill with Black Label Media, and Sherry Marsh of Marsh Entertainment are producing.  Weintraub Attorney Alan Grodin represented the deal on behalf of Picture Perfect Federation.

Alan also represented the producers of Heder’s previous film,

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WT Wins: Arbitration Win Defends Developer Against Failed Broker Claim and Awards Attorneys' Fees to Developer

In January 2021, Weintraub attorney Jessica Corpuz won a total defense verdict for a real estate development client, including an award of attorney’s fees against the plaintiff.

The Firm’s client hoped to develop a vacant lot into a successful commercial building.  The client retained the services of a commercial real estate broker and consultant to locate a tenant and supervise the construction of a suitable building.  After several years, the broker was unable to locate a suitable tenant and the property remained an empty lot,

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WT Deals: Audible Partners With Treefort Media for Original Scripted Audio Series

Podcast company Treefort Media and Audible have partnered to produce original scripted audio series as part of a multi-project, first-look development and production deal.

Among the projects is Killing Hollywood: The Cotton Club Murder (which will feature Juliette Lewis, Christian Slater, and Rainn Wilson); Fishpriest (written by Mike Batistick and featuring Ethan Hawke); and Moriarty (featuring Dominic Monaghan).

Treefort Media was represented in the deal by Weintraub attorney Shaun Gordon and UTA. 

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WT Deals: Apple to Launch Original Audio Series Podcast about Siegfried & Roy

Apple has made a deal for a podcast series about entertainers Siegfried & Roy with Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Steven Leckart and Will Malnati from podcast company At Will Media as executive producers. The series will be launched by Apple TV+ via its podcast platform and marks the first major show on Apple without an immediate television companion.

At Will Media was represented by Oren Rosenbaum at UTA and Weintraub Attorney Shaun Gordon.

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WT Clients: Eight 2021 Hugo Award Finalists in Five Categories

Weintraub Tobin joins Matt Sugarman in congratulating his clients recently announced as Hugo Award Finalists:

  • Best Young Adult Book: Naomi Novik
  • Best Novel: Tamsyn Muir
  • Best Novel: Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Best Novella: P. Djèlí Clark
  • Best Series: John Scalzi
  • Best Series: Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Best Dramatic Presentation Short Form: Noelle Stevenson
  • Best Dramatic Presentation Short Form: James S.A.

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Four Weintraub Attorneys Named to Variety’s 2021 Legal Impact Report

Weintraub Tobin is pleased to announce that Jessica Marlow, Wayne Kazan, Shaun Gordon, and Jamie Lincenberg have been named to Variety’s 2021 Legal Impact Report. Variety spotlights the world’s top lawyers in entertainment and media in the annual Report, highlighting their groundbreaking work in film, television, music, and digital.

Weintraub’s Digital Media Group has worked with clients on the cutting edge of technology and content creation as audiences,

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Jo Dale Carothers Selected for Inclusion in San Diego Super Lawyers List® 2021

SAN DIEGO, CA (April 1, 2021) – Weintraub Tobin, a leading California full-service law firm, is pleased to announce that Jo Dale Carothers, Ph.D. is a 2021 San Diego Super Lawyers honoree. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

Jo Dale Carothers is a shareholder and chair of the Firm’s Intellectual Property Group and a member of the Litigation group.

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WT Wins: Labor Commissioner Accepts Employer’s Interpretation of Contested Contract

In an “Order, Decision and Award” dated February 10, 2021, Weintraub attorney Shauna Correia obtained a defense verdict on behalf of a private school in a Complaint made before the California Labor Commissioner. 

For teachers at the private school, the school typically observes a July 1 to June 30 school year; teachers are paid a salary spread over 12 months, and the month of July is typically time off.  For this reason,

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WT Deals: Tinkercast Developing Slate of Kid and Family Podcasts With Sony Music

Tinkercast, a company co-founded by Guy Raz, host of NPR’s How I Built This, has struck a partnership with Sony Music Entertainment to develop a slate of shows. Raz founded Tinkercast with Mindy Thomas, host of SiriusXM’s Absolutely Mindy Show, and Meredith Halpern-Ranzer. The deal also includes the existing kid’s podcast Wow In The World, a series that shares stories about science, technology, and new discoveries which recently reached over 100M downloads.

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WT Win: Vexatious Litigant’s Meritless Lawsuit Quickly Defeated in Zoom Trial

In February and March 2021, Weintraub attorney Zack Thompson won judgment in favor of the Firm’s client in a trial held entirely over the Zoom videoconferencing app, with the superior court judge and all witnesses testifying and sharing exhibits remotely. The court agreed with Zack’s arguments and ruled in favor of our client, the defendant, at the close of the plaintiff’s evidence, without requiring our client to introduce any evidence at all, which saved both time and money.

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