Motion picture studio character rights

Represented a motion picture studio in a copyright and trademark dispute over animated character rights.  Prevailed on a dispositive motion and obtained a $2 million attorney fee award.

Production co anti-SLAPP motion

Represented a production company in a privacy dispute concerning content of a reality television program. Prevailed on an anti-SLAPP motion and obtained attorneys’ fees award.

TV studio copyright action

Represented television studio and series creator in copyright action.  Obtained complete dismissal of action through motion, and secured six-figure award of attorneys’ fees against plaintiff.

Production co contract claims

Represented production companies and studios in a host of disputes involving copyright and state law implied contract claims for alleged theft of ideas. Prevailed in summary judgment and negotiated early resolutions.

AFMA arb against dist co

Represented a production company in an AFMA arbitration against a foreign distribution company over minimum guarantee payments. Negotiated a favorable resolution.

Entertainers vs tabloids

Represented individual entertainers, athletes, models, and other celebrities in matters involving tabloid stories, personal service contracts, endorsements, and manager/agent claims.

Exec re dispute over separation

Represented high-profile executive of an entertainment company in a dispute over separation and continuing rights in intellectual property.

TV studio against heirs of soap opera creator

Represented a television studio against participation claims brought by heirs of the creators of a popular soap opera. Negotiated a favorable resolution.

New Line Cinema vs Peter Jackson

Represented New Line Cinema against accounting and breach of contract claims by writer-director-producer Peter Jackson. Plaintiff also asserted so-called “vertical integration” claims related to distribution licenses involving affiliated companies.

Trust literary rights to sci fi copyright and particip acctg dispute

Represent a trust controlling literary rights to science fiction works in copyright and participation accounting disputes against a production company.

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