Right of Publicity Risks For Producers Still Uncertain

by Scott M. Hervey
The IP Law Blog

Often writers base characters on complete fiction, drawing from their imagination to build a character’s various facets. However, on certain occasions a writer may base a character on a living person. Sometimes such a portrayal is factual and other times it may be a combination of fact and fiction. Such was the case, claimed legendary actress Olivia de Havilland, in her lawsuit against FX Networks over her portrayal in the FX docudrama Feud: Bette and Joan.

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Weintraub Tobin Shareholder Scott Hervey to speak at VidCon US 2018

Topic will be – A Creator’s Guide to Fair Use and Rights Management

In the ever-changing landscape of digital content, knowing how to navigate the legalities of using video or music you don’t own is tough. Experts Scott Hervey (Weintraub|Tobin) and Rian Bosak (SuperBam!) will walk you through fair use, parody, and what it looks like for rights managers in the field so you’re prepared to make great content within the bounds of the law.

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Hall v. Swift: Nothing Original About a Player Hater

by Scott M. Hervey
The IP Law Blog

“Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play

And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate
Baby I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake

Shake it off / Shake it off

Heartbreakers gonna break, break, break, break, break

And the fakers gonna fake, fake, fake, fake, fake

Baby I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake

Shake it off / Shake it off.”

-Taylor Swift

In the early 2000’s,

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Four Weintraub Tobin Attorneys selected for inclusion in Southern California's Super Lawyers® 2018 list

LOS ANGELES, CA (January 30, 2018) – Weintraub Tobin, one of California’s leading, full-service law firms, is pleased to announce that Sherry Bragg, David R. Gabor, Andrew Gilford and Gary Waldron have been named to the 2018 Southern California “SuperLawyers” list. The annual publication recognizes no more than 5.0 percent of lawyers throughout Southern California.

Sherry Bragg – Sherry S. Bragg is a shareholder in the firm’s Litigation Practice. Sherry has tried,

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Los Angeles-based Entertainment attorney, Matt Sugarman announces latest deal

Weintraub Tobin Shareholder Matt Sugarman is excited to announce that Jon Shestack Productions and Madhouse Entertainment’s have negotiated the rights to produce John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War to develop as an original film. The novel is part of a six-book series and will be distributed by Netflix.

Congratulations to Jon Shestack Productions and Madhouse Entertainment. To read the full article, visit Deadline here: http://deadline.com/2017/12/netflix-old-mans-war-john-scalzi-sci-fi-novel-jon-shestack-madhouse-entertainment-1202221957/

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Weintraub Tobin Shareholder Scott Hervey moderates Hollywood Radio & Television Society’s (HRTS) Unscripted Content Group panel discussion

Weintraub Tobin’s Scott Hervey moderated a Hollywood Radio & Television Society’s (HRTS) Unscripted Content Group panel discussion on Monday, December 4th to discuss the recent sexual harassment  allegations circulating Hollywood. According to Deadline Hollywood, Hervey “asked first-rate questions.”  The panelists discussed the liability a hypothetical production company carries when producing a new show.

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Weintraub clients nominated for nine 2017 Streamy Awards

 

Weintraub Tobin would like to congratulate our clients nominated for 2017 Streamy Awards taking place on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at The Beverly Hilton. The Streamy Awards will honor the best in online video entertainment and their creators.

 

Comedy Series: Mr. Student Body President-  Arden Rose & Melissa Schneider

Acting In A Comedy: Mr. Student Body President – Arden Rose

Ensemble Cast: Mr.

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Entertainment Attorney Matt Sugarman Excited To Announce Latest Deal

 

Weintraub Tobin Shareholder Matt Sugarman is excited to announce the latest deal struck between Black creators, Kwanza Osajyefo and Tim Smith 3, Black Mask Studios, and production company, Studio 8. The comic series Black, which depicts a nation where only African-Americans possess superpowers, has been optioned to Studio 8 for the small screen. Matt, a Los Angeles-based attorney in the firm’s entertainment department, successfully negotiated the deal for clients Black Mask,

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Four Weintraub Tobin Attorneys Recognized as “Rising Stars” in Southern California

Weintraub Tobin, one of California’s leading, full-service law firms, is pleased to announce that Eric Caligiuri, Jacob Gonzales, Jessica Marlow, and Darrell White  have been named to the 2017 Southern California “Rising Stars” list. The annual publication recognizes no more than 5.0 percent of lawyers throughout Southern California.

Eric Caligiuri – Eric advises domestic and international clients through complex intellectual property disputes.

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Tara Sattler featured in Variety’s 2017 Legal Impact Report: Up Next

Weintraub Tobin’s Entertainment Associate, Tara J. Sattler, has been featured as one of the leading entertainment lawyers in Variety’s 2017 Legal Impact Report: Up Next. The report showcases the most impactful attorneys in the entertainment industry over the past year. 2017 has seen Tara represent client, Ryland Aldrich, a producer on 2017 Sundance title “L.A. Times,” as well as Kicked to the Curb Prods. and Mandy Teefey, executive producer of the new Netflix series “13 Reasons Why.”

For the full press release,

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