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Category: Entertainment Law

Unionize: Starbucks & Animation Guild (TAG)

In the United States, employees have the statutory right to form labor unions under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and which right is administered and facilitated by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The NLRA guarantees the right of most private sector employees to organize into unions, engage in

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FAST: a bird, a fox, & a mouse walk into a bar…

In the past 18 months, Peacock has launched 70 original series, grown its catalog by more than 500%, and is on track for 5 billion hours of streaming in 2022, which would double levels in 2021. Experts attribute success in part to 3-tier options: FAST, AVOD and SVOD. FAST is

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Warner Bros. Discovery’s CNN+ Smackdown

While we speculate about whether Disney+ will combine its platform with Hulu, we do not need to perform such elaborate fantasies with Warner Bros. Discovery, who will merge HBOMax and Discovery platforms into one, exclusive platform. While the company transitions, it will offer bundling while testing the best way forward

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Drama at Disney Over Hulu

Netflix is not the only service introducing an ad-supported video-on-demand (AVOD) subscriber package by the end of 2022. Disney+ said earlier in March that it will introduce the AVOD option in late 2022 to North American markets only, with plans to expand internationally by 2023. Some experts have speculated that

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Streaming: “Next” Phase & the Curious Case of Netflix

Ratings company Nielsen released a report called State of Play that uses data from the company’s  insights, Gracenote service, and a user survey to offer the public information. The finding? That 46% of North American audiences are overwhelmed by content. The process known as “stacking,” which we wrote about before,

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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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The State of Theatrical

Could films be coming back exclusively to theaters? The Motion Picture Association’s Theatrical & Home Entertainment Market Environment (THEME) report for 2021 shows the market rebounding to 2019 or higher numbers, albeit the composition was skewed in favor of digital as opposed to pre-pandemic audience makeup. Read a copy of

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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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War In Ukraine

Nearing the 10-week mark, the war in the eastern European country of Ukraine has spurned many in the entertainment industry to take action in matters they can control involving the invading nation, Russia. Netflix and other studio players since March have excluded Russian projects and releases from their film and

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