WT Deals: ‘Black’ Comic Book To Be Adapted by Warner Bros. and Studio 8

Warner Bros. and Studio 8 are set to produce a film adaptation of the comic book “Black.” The comic was first introduced in 2016, created by Weintraub Tobin clients Kwanza Osajyefo and Tim Smith 3, and also published by Weintraub Tobin client Black Mask Studios.

Black Mask Studios’ Matteo Pizzolo will produce along with Jeff Robinov and John Graham of Studio 8. Osajyefo and Smith will co-produce and Black Mask’s Brett Gurewitz will serve as executive producer.

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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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Order in Netflix Lawsuit is a Reminder of the Bounds of Copyright Protection

by Scott M. Hervey
The IP Law Blog

Virginia Vallejo, a well known Colombian journalist and media personality, authored the memoir “Loving Pablo, Hating Escobar”.  The book is a factual account of her romantic relationship with Pablo Escobar and a chronicle of the rise of the Colombian drug cartel.

Vallejo claimed that certain scenes in the television series Narcos infringed the copyright in her book, and she sued Narcos Productions, the producer of the series, Gaumont Television, the series’ distributor,

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WT Deals: Peter Ramsey to Make Live-Action Directorial Debut With 'Love In Vain' at Paramount

 

Shareholder Todd Stern’s client Peter Ramsey will make his live-action directorial debut with Krystin Ver Linden’s screenplay of Love in Vain, which Paramount Studios recently purchased. Ramsey directed the major studio animated feature Rise of the Guardians and the Oscar- and Golden Globe-winning Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse. Love in Vain is a  biopic of Robert Johnson, the 1930’s singer, songwriter, and guitar player whose pioneering blues style influenced generations of musicians.

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Matt Sugarman in the Los Angeles Times: Hollywood’s Lawyers Play On-call Doctors in Drama Between WGA and Agencies

 

Matt Sugarman is quoted in a Los Angeles Times article about the on-going tensions and labor dispute between the Writers Guild of America West and the Association of Talent Agents. Entertainment attorneys haven’t been able to go far from their phones this summer as clients reach out to them with questions, concerns, and requests.

Read the full article here: Hollywood’s Lawyers Play On-call Doctors in Drama Between WGA and Agencies.

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The USPTO Denies Tom Brady’s Application to Register TOM TERRIFIC

by Josh H. Escovedo
The IP Law Blog

The USPTO recently refused legendary quarterback Tom Brady’s application to register the mark TOM TERRIFIC. If you’re like me, you’re wondering why Tom Brady would want to register such a trademark. Well, according to Brady, he wanted to obtain the rights to the mark to prevent people from referring to him by that nickname. But that response isn’t satisfactory for those of us who know about trademark law for a couple of reasons.

First,

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Weintraub Tobin Elevates Two Attorneys to Shareholder

Weintraub is pleased to announce that Tara Sattler and Mark E. Ellinghouse have been named as Shareholders in the law corporation.

Mark Ellinghouse provides counsel to his clients in commercial real estate transactions, including leasing, acquisitions and dispositions, development, joint ventures, financing, and other matters in every real estate sector. He also provides outside general counsel services to his clients, including formation, governance and management, strategic partnering,

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WT Clients: Mary Robinette Kowal Wins Nebula Award for Best Novel

Matt Sugarman client Mary Robinette Kowal received the 2019 Nebula Award for her novel The Calculating Stars. The novel is the second installment in the Hugo-award-winning author’s Lady Astronaut series, which re-envisions the history of the space race. The prestigious award is presented by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. The first installment in the series the “The Lady Astronaut of Mars” won the 2014 Hugo Award for Best Novella.

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