WT Deals: Skydance Television to Develop TV Series from P. Djéli Clark's Novella 'Ring Shout'

Skydance Television has acquired the rights to P. Djéli Clark’s Ring Shout, a novella about otherworldly evil in the 1920s South that manifests in the form of monsters who thrive on—and in—people filled with hate.

Clark will executive produce along with Kasi Lemmons, who is set to serve as showrunner and will write and direct the series. Kiki Layne will star and also executive produce; Marc Evans, Matt Jackson, David Ellison,

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WT Deals: New Comedy Pilot Ordered by Freeform 'Single Drunk Female'

Freeform has ordered a pilot for the comedy Single Drunk Female. The series is to star Sofia Black-D’Elia as an alcoholic who is forced to move back with her mother, played by Ally Sheedy, to sober up. The pilot will also star Rebecca Henderson, Lily Mae Harrington, and Garrick Bernard.

Simone Finch serves as writer and executive producer on the pilot. Leslye Headland will direct and executive produce; Jenni Konner and Phil Traill will also executive produce.

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WT Deals: Treefort Media Strikes TV & Podcast Deal With Village Roadshow Entertainment Group

Treefort Media, the podcast company behind the audio series Fatal Voyage: The Mysterious Death of Natalie Wood, has struck a deal with Village Roadshow Entertainment Group to cross-develop and produce podcasts and television series.

In addition to Fatal Voyage, Treefort Media is also known for Keegan-Michael Key’s NFL series Drafted and podcast spin-offs of TV series and films including Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story and For Life.

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Weintraub Tobin Elevates Four Attorneys to Shareholder

Sacramento, CA (January 1, 2021) – Weintraub Tobin, a leading California full-service law firm, is pleased to announce that Meagan D. Bainbridge, Jessica R. Corpuz, Josh H. Escovedo, and Daniel C. Kim have been elected Shareholders in the Firm.

Meagan Bainbridge is a member of Weintraub’s Labor and Employment and Litigation practice groups, where she assists employers in all aspects of their employment relationship with their employees.

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Gary Bradus in the Sacramento Business Journal: Kru Owner Sues Business Partners, Accusing Them Of Siphoning Funds To Other Businesses

In an article in the Sacramento Business Journal, Felicia Alvarez writes that the owner of popular local sushi restaurant Kru Contemporary Japanese Cuisine has filed a lawsuit against his business partners Madrow-Bazett, Inc. for alleged acts of misconduct and mismanagement of funds. Gary Bradus, who represents Madrow-Bazett, is quoted in the story:

Modrow-Bazett denies the allegations that are in the complaint,” he said. “There have been disagreements regarding the operations of the business.

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Lukas Clary in The Sacramento Bee: A COVID Vaccine is On The Way. Will Employers Require Their Workers Get The Shot?

Sacramento Bee reporter Darrell Smith spoke with labor and employment attorney Lukas Clary for his article on the coming COVID vaccines and whether employers might require their workers to get vaccinated.

With a look at past precedent — H1N1 — we can conclude that an employer will be able to require a vaccination as a condition of employment,” said Lukas Clary, an employment law attorney at Sacramento firm Weintraub Tobin.

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Josh Escovedo in the Sacramento Business Journal: An Attorney's Take on Enforcing Covid-19 Rules

Real estate litigation attorney Josh Escovedo is quoted in the Sacramento Business Journal on his take on the inconsistencies and difficulties of enforcing Covid-19 restrictions relating to businesses.

Government must find a balance between enforcing its rules and protecting the livelihood of small businesses, which can be a difficult position, Escovedo said. 

Read the full article here.

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Josh Escovedo in Fortune: Was Bob Dylan's Sale of His Massive Music Catalog a Tax Maneuver?

Author Geoff Colvin spoke with Josh Escovedo for his Fortune article: Was Bob Dylan’s Sale of His Massive Music Catalog a Tax Maneuver?

The tax on a deal like Dylan’s could almost double if it doesn’t get done by New Year’s Eve, Colvin writes.

‘I have a number of clients who were trying to do deals before the first of the year because they had fear of the new administration pushing its tax agenda,’

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Weintraub Tobin Ranked in U.S. News – Best Lawyers® 2021 “Best Law Firms”

SACRAMENTO, CA – Weintraub Tobin, a leading California full-service law firm, has been recognized with numerous rankings in the 2021 edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms.” The tiered rankings are assigned to law firm practice groups by metropolitan area. Thousands of firms are considered and reviewed nationwide through a detailed evaluation process before U.S. News, and Best Lawyers®  make selections for “Best Law Firms” rankings.

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Lizbeth (Beth) V. West Named Top 50 Women 2020 Northern California Super Lawyers©

Sacramento, CA  – Weintraub Tobin is pleased to announce that Lizbeth (Beth) V. West  has been named one of the Top 50 Women 2020 Northern California Super Lawyers©.

Beth is a Shareholder at Weintraub Tobin, and Chair of the Firm’s Labor and Employment Group. She assists employers in all aspects of their employment relationship with their employees by providing trusted counseling and training on employment law compliance,

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