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Category: Business Law

Disruptive Deals: Amazon, MGM, Nielsen

On March 17, Amazon Studios and Prime Video welcomed MGM into their fold for $8.5 billion dollars. We previously reported on Jeff Bezos’s’ statement, that Amazon will “reimagine and develop” content from the 98-year old library. Amazon is making no commitments to theatrical windows, and is keeping options open with

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Corporate Activism: Disney

In March, Disney employees protested Florida legislation, dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay” Bill. HB 1557 prohibits classroom discussion in primary schools on sexual orientation or gender identity, which topics can arise during these tender years, as we have observed in documentaries like (Tomorrow Pictures). Disney employees demanded that Disney

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Workers of the World: Unite!

Documentary workers organize, classic movies get a second wind, and restored documentaries on labor unions remind us of what workers fought for and what still needs defending, inspiring future generations of working class to assert their rights. The National Labor Relations Act is a federal statue of U.S. labor law

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Elon’s Twitter

In a dance that is spanning the year so far, Tesla CEO Elon Musk acquired enough shares of Twitter between January and March to enter a bid for takeover of Twitter in a self-proclaimed effort to secure the platform for free speech and transparency purposes. The action caused perceived harm to

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Pandemic in Progress: hybrid models

Theatrical windows have been getting smaller. In Europe, audiences are accustomed to larger windows with nothing short of 15-17 months as “reasonable” in view of Canal Plus and local producer guilds agreements. French law requires Canal Plus reinvest into the local film economy and so they pledged to invest 600mm

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Pandemic in Progress: real estate & a robot

If some are rushing towards investing in properties then others are quick to sell them to pay for content. Legendary Entertainment sold a portion of its stock to private equity firm Apollo. China’s Dailan Wanda remains majority shareholder. Paramount (ViacomCBS) sold CBS campus in Los Angeles for nearly 2 billion

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Pandemic in Progress: get a jab

Hollywood’s Covid safety protocols have been extended to April 30, 2022, and are updated to include booster shots to define “fully vaccinated,” adding mask requirements, antigen tests authorized for use in testing for Covid-19, and funding for sick leave for cast and crew for up to 10 days. These are

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DEI: Survivor Stories

On March 3, 2022, U.S. president Joe Biden signed into law the ban on forced arbitration in sexual assault and harassment cases, prohibiting companies from requiring employees filing such claims to submit to private adjudication proceedings. Former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson (played by Nicole Kidman in Bombshell) has been

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DEI: Inclusion Initiatives

We met director Tom Verica (Umbrella Academy, Bridgerton) a few years ago. Mr. Verica is Senior Creative Production Advisor for Shondaland, makers of Bridgerton. Shondaland is involved as a partner on the Women Directing Mentorship program by SeriesFest’s Inclusion Initiative, which seeks to serve creators and future executives. The mentorship

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Strike Avoided, New Agreement

The International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees (IATSE) avoided a labor strike entering into a three year deal for two labor agreements with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) in October. The vote on these agreements by union members narrowly passed, showing a divide between members

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