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DEC
21
3 YEARS

Hollywood Docket: Ben Silverman testified in 'Millionaire' case; FCC hits Fox on 'American Dad'; Rush vs. Rand Paul

  • Ben Silverman testified Thursday in the dispute over whether DIsney cheated Celador out of profits from "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" He told a jury that his former agency, William Morris, made $4 million on the deal to bring the show to the U.S., but struggled to offer a coherent picture of negotiations that led to the contentious distribution of pay-outs.
  • The FCC proposed a $25,000 fine against Fox Television for not providing information in the wake of 100,000 indecency complaints tied to a January 3rd episode of the animated TV show "American Dad." [WSJ]
  • Fox has sent takedown requests to operators of BitTorrent sites over the leak of a script for the upcoming feature "Water for Elephants." It's believed to be one of the first times a Hollywood studio has targeted file-hosting sites to stop a script from being shared. [TF]
  • Here we go again: An attorney for the band, Rush, has sent a letter to Kentucky U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul, asking them to stop playing Rush songs at campaign events. [WSJ]
  • We were looking forward to getting our hands on Veoh's response to UMG in the ongoing saga of whether the video-sharing company violated copyright or was protected by the DMCA's safe harbor protections. Alas, the 9th Circuit has apparently issued an order requiring UMG to file a shorter brief for exceeding their word limit. This pushes the schedule back 45 days. The music industry may be in trouble, but the printed word is certainly not.