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Donald Sterling: Go on Take the Money and Run

By: Sean Richards

The Donald Sterling saga seems to be dragging on and on with no end in sight but multiple deadlines approaching. Closing arguments in one of three lawsuits begin today (7/28) and will end sometime this week. At that point the Los Angeles judge will take as much time as needed to issue a decision on the legality of wife Shelly Sterling’s sale of the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 Billion. Meanwhile that sale technically expires on August 15th so if the judge has not ruled by then or rules for Mr. Sterling he will retain ownership. Continue reading

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James Garner: A Pioneer for Hollywood Activism

Actor, activist and Korean War Veteran James Garner was most famous for his roles in the hit Western series ‘Maverick’, as detective Jim Rockford in ‘The Rockford Files’ and as the older Duke in 2004’s ‘The Notebook’. Amongst his distinguished career as an actor, which included numerous award nominations, Garner was an activist for civil rights, the environment and the entertainment industry. Continue reading

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Game of Royalties: Pandora’s Battle in the Face of Declining Industry Revenue

          From 2008 to 2013, total music industry sales revenue decreased from $8.8 billion to $7 billion. Of that revenue, 21% came from music subscription and streaming services such as Sirius XM, Pandora, Spotify, and iTunes Radio. This steady decline in revenue and increase in internet music use has left the music industry scrambling to restructure statutory royalty rates as they relate to digital music. Pandora has been at the forefront of this battle. Continue reading
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10 Questions for ABC Family’s Counsel Alan Lewis

We were fortunate enough to sit down with Counsel for ABC Family Alan Lewis. Mr. Lewis has been in the film and TV industry for a number of years working in film distribution, contractual negotiations and other areas of the business. He offers his advice to young lawyers looking to get into the industry and some current events including ABC’s Supreme Court fight with Aereo. Continue reading

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Interview with Fox Searchlight’s VP of Legal Affairs

This past week we were fortunate enough to interview Fox Searchlight Pictures Vice President of Legal Affairs Chris Ann Maxwell. Ms. Maxwell has been in her current role for 17 years and has worked on countless award winning films. Below she offers great advice for students and young professionals on breaking into the industry, the future of entertainment law and her favorite projects. Continue reading