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Marilyn Manson Settles Sexual Assault Suit Brought by Esmé Bianco

Marilyn Manson has settled a lawsuit brought by Esmé Bianco, a Game of Thrones actress who accused him of sexual, physical and psychological abuse in a series of violent incidents over the course of their relationship. The two sides reached a deal “in principle to resolve” the suit, according to a court document filed on […]

Google’s Digital Advertising Dominance Under Fire As Justice Dept. Brings Antitrust Suit

The Department of Justice and several states have brought another federal antitrust lawsuit against Google, accusing the company of abusing its dominance to stifle competition in the digital advertising market.  The government alleges in a suit filed on Tuesday that Google has engaged in a “systematic campaign” to “neutralize and eliminate” competitors through a series […]

Activision Blizzard Beats Shareholder Suit

Activision Blizzard will not have to face a lawsuit from investors claiming the company lied to them by minimizing the impact of allegedly widespread sexual harassment and discrimination against female employees, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson on Monday concluded that Activision Blizzard didn’t make false statements to shareholders about the […]

‘Rust’ Shooting: Alec Baldwin, Other Crew to Be Charged in Halyna Hutchins’ On-Set Death

Prosecutors in New Mexico on Thursday announced criminal charges will be filed against Alec Baldwin in connection with his role in the fatal shooting of a cinematographer on the set of Rust. Mary Carmack-Altwies, the district attorney who serves Santa Fe County, will charge star and producer Baldwin and armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed with two counts […]

Two Studio Operators Join Forces to Bring More Major Productions to Toronto

Toronto’s Stratagem Studios, which has hosted shoots for Marvel’s Hawkeye and Paramount+’s Mayor of Kingstown, plans to partner with Kleinburg Film Studios on studio lot space in hopes to attract more major productions coming to Canada. The joint venture to be named Stratagem Kleinburg Studios increases Stratagem’s footprint to 400,000 square feet of stage and production […]

‘Rust’ Charging Decisions to Come on Thursday

A New Mexico prosecutor will announce a decision on Thursday over whether to file criminal charges against Alec Baldwin and others for their roles in the fatal shooting on the set of Rust in October 2021. Mary Carmack-Altwies, the First Judicial District Attorney, and a special prosecutor brought on to handle the case will announce […]

Filming in Los Angeles Drops Off to End 2022

Production in Los Angeles sharply declined to end 2022 as Hollywood slowed its recovery from COVID-19. But data recorded for the full year reflected that filming returned to pre-pandemic levels in 2019, which was a year of significant production decline. “Can we hold here, or will the pre-COVID downtrend resume?” said FilmLA President Paul Audley. […]

AI Art Generators Spark Multiple Copyright Lawsuits

A group of artists are suing AI art generators Stability AI, Midjourney and DeviantArt for using their work to train AI tools. The first-of-its-kind suit accuses the companies of copyright infringement for using billions of images downloaded from the internet without artists’ consent. “Until now, when a purchaser seeks a new image ‘in the style’ […]

Attack of the Chatbots: Screenwriters’ Friend or Foe?

Is ChatGPT a sign that automation is coming to film and TV writing? As far-fetched as it sounds, the arrival in November 2022 of a free prototype of the AI-powered chatbot — which has jolted observers with the sophisticated, fluid writing it can produce when prompted, even in the form of poems, essays and, yes, […]

Jaclyn Philpott Hired as AFCI Executive Director

Jaclyn Philpott has been named the first executive director of the Association of Film Commissioners International, a global network of film commission members better known as AFCI. Philpott will take helm of the organization in the newly-created role on Jan. 3. She succeeds Eve Honthaner, who was named AFCI president in August 2021 but stepped […]

‘Rust’ Assistant Director Dave Halls Countersues Alec Baldwin

Rust assistant director Dave Halls is moving to shield himself from legal trouble over his role in the on-set shooting that resulted in the death and injury of two crewmembers. Halls countersued Alec Baldwin and other crewmembers, arguing that it was their “active and primary negligence” that caused the incident. The suit comes on the […]

Microsoft Hit With Antitrust Suit From Gamers Seeking to Block Activision Deal

Microsoft was hit with another antitrust suit, this time from gamers, seeking to block the tech giant’s $69 billion bid to buy Activision Blizzard. The suit filed on Tuesday in federal court in California alleges that the deal will suppress competition in the gaming industry. It comes less than two weeks after the Federal Trade […]