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Eriq Gardner

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Hollywood Docket: Disney Gets Favored Turf in ‘Predator’ Rights Fight

Disney’s 20th Century unit will win the first round in an ongoing battle over franchise rights to the 1987 action film Predator. On April 15, two dueling suits were filed. First, in San…

Comcast Rips Lack of Support From Biden Justice Dept.

According to Comcast, the Biden-era Department of Justice lacks candor, feigns ignorance, obfuscates, and really needs to stand by the courage of its convictions. What provokes such harsh…

Evidence Destruction Warrants “Shitty Media Men” Trial, Says Writer

A federal judge in New York will soon have to decide whether to send Moira Donegan to trial for allegedly defaming Stephen Elliott in a spreadsheet called “Shitty Media Men,” which circulated…

Scooter Braun Involved in $200M Legal Dispute Over Private Equity Fund

Scooter Braun, the music industry megastar who launched Justin Bieber’s career, is now afflicted with a significant legal dispute over actions in getting a new private equity fund off the ground…

Weinstein Co. Buyer Headed to Trial for Jilting “Architect” of Deal

Lantern Capital Partners is now facing the prospect of explaining at trial its moves three years ago when it maneuvered to buy most of The Weinstein Company’s assets out of bankruptcy for about…

Will New Media Revive Old Labor Concerns Amid Streaming-Era Issues?

Two years after the war between writers and agents went nuclear, as David A. Goodman completes his final months as president of the Writers Guild of America West, he thinks about the moment the fight

Hollywood Docket: Biden Admin Is OK With Antitrust Trial for Comcast

As observers wait to see whether Biden-era regulators will give the thumbs up or thumbs down on mega media mergers, the new administration made an under-the-radar move on the antitrust front…

Netflix Stuck Between a Cop and a ‘Murderer’ Lawsuit

Netflix’s fancy First Amendment arguments have failed to persuade a federal judge in Wisconsin to dismiss a libel lawsuit over Making a Murderer, the Emmy-winning documentary series about…

Alan Dershowitz Suing Netflix Over Jeffrey Epstein Series

Alan Dershowitz isn’t done on the libel front. The Harvard law professor has now filed a new suit against Netflix over Filthy Rich, the docuseries that examines convicted and deceased sex…

Producers Say COVID Extended Contract Deadline to Remake ‘The Blob’

There has been and will continue to be many COVID-related lawsuits in the entertainment industry. Here’s a new one that will buy a couple of producers some time — one way or the other. The…

How Will Biden Regulators Respond to Amazon-MGM and Discovery-Warner?

The pairing of AT&T’s $43 billion spinoff of WarnerMedia with Discovery as well as Amazon’s $8.54 billion acquisition of MGM Studios presents the Biden Administration with its first major merger…

CNN Can’t Dodge Alan Dershowitz Libel Suit

Alan Dershowitz will be able to move to discovery after surviving the first round of a defamation lawsuit against CNN over its coverage of Donald Trump’s impeachment. The famed attorney…