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Winston Cho

Winston Cho is The Hollywood Reporter's Business and Legal Writer, covering physical production, government oversight, antitrust and business disputes shaping Hollywood. Before joining THR in 2022, he worked at the legal trade publication The Daily Journal and the alt-weekly East Bay Express. His work has been recognized by the National Arts & Entertainment Journalism awards, and he graduated from UC Berkeley with degrees in public health and journalism.

Disney Hit With Investor Suit Over Alleged “Cost-Shifting Scheme” In Streaming Division

Disney’s lofty subscriber growth and profitability targets for its streaming service have drawn a lawsuit from investors who claim that the entertainment giant misled them about the extent of its losses. A suit filed on May 12 in California federal court accuses Disney of engaging in a fraudulent scheme designed to hide Disney+ costs and […]

Ex-ByteDance Executive Claims Company Shared Data on U.S. Users With Chinese Government

A former executive at ByteDance, the Chinese firm that owns TikTok, has come forward with accusations that the company provided backdoor access to data on U.S. users and boosted, demoted and removed certain content at the direction of the Chinese government.  A wrongful termination suit filed by Yintao Yu, who was head of engineering for […]

Endemol Shine Sues eOne Over ‘Hell On Wheels’ Profit Participation

Ahead of an expected sale, Entertainment One is being sued for allegedly shortchanging Endemol Shine North America out of its share of profits for Hell on Wheels. The suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday, alleges that eOne failed to report millions of dollars in tax credits it received from producing the series […]

Bob Iger on Ron DeSantis’ Legal Battle With Disney: Does Florida “Want Us to Invest More … or Not?”

Disney CEO Bob Iger alluded to potentially withdrawing some investment in Florida amid an ongoing battle with Gov. Ron DeSantis, who continues to retaliate against company. He said he’s “closely evaluating where it makes sense to direct future investments” in Disney’s theme park business. “We certainly never expected to be in the position of defending […]

Marilyn Manson Loses Bid to Keep Defamation Claims Against Evan Rachel Wood

Evan Rachel Wood will not have to face defamation claims from Marilyn Manson accusing her of manufacturing a conspiracy to portray him as a serial abuser who has sexually assaulted several women. At the center of the dispute were allegations that Wood and her friend Illma Gore lied to prospective accusers to encourage them to […]

Writers Strike Fallout: $2B Economic Impact May Be Just the Beginning

A day after the Writers Guild of America’s May 1 call for a strike, a dozen or so members of the Set Decorators Society gathered to share intel. Discussion of layoffs kicked off the Zoom meeting and Pam Elyea, owner of L.A.-based prop house History for Hire, said she had to let go of her […]

“We Have No Choice”: Disney and Florida Are Now Locked in a High-Stakes Legal Fight

Disney and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ hand-picked oversight board will trade blows in different courts in a legal battle for control of the district that oversees development around the company’s theme parks. The lawsuit, filed May 1 in the state court covering Florida’s Orange and Osceola counties, accuses the entertainment giant of covertly cobbling together […]

New York to Make Major Changes to Tax Incentive Program

New York is set to increase the cap on tax credits the state gives to the film and TV industry from $420 million to $700 million and make other notable changes to its incentive program in a bid to compete with neighboring jurisdictions for productions. Under an agreement announced on Thursday approving a $229 billion […]

Meta Fends Off Legal Salvo Claiming It “Buys or Buries” Companies

A federal appeals court has rejected a bid to revive an antitrust lawsuit brought by nearly every U.S. state, led by New York, challenging Meta’s acquisition of WhatsApp and Instagram in a blow to bipartisan efforts to unwind the transactions. In a unanimous decision affirming dismissal, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for […]

Studios Sold Wall Street on Cost-Cutting. But Unions Are a Tougher Task

Hollywood has been cornered into a new period of fiscal austerity, with top studios adjusting to the sobering realities of streaming and the larger economic environment — even as entertainment labor unions are applying significant pressure to boost labor costs. This economizing ethos has forced adjustments big and small: Features are filming less in Los […]

Disney Sues Ron DeSantis Over Florida Special District

In an escalation of the standoff between The Walt Disney Co. and Ron DeSantis, the entertainment giant has filed a lawsuit in Florida claiming the Republican governor’s hand-picked oversight board illegally voided an agreement that allegedly transferred certain powers of the company’s now-dissolved special district back to Disney. Disney is asking a court to rule […]

Who Counts as a Subscriber? A Judge Explains in Data Privacy Suit Involving Facebook Tracking Tool

Scripps Network will not have to face a class action lawsuit accusing it of sharing subscribers’ personal viewing history with Facebook as part of its advertising business. A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed the suit, finding that consumers who subscribed to’s newsletter aren’t covered by a video privacy law that bars companies from disclosing […]