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Video Game Industry’s #MeToo Reckoning Erupts Into Government Turf War

It exploded like an Mk 2 in Call of Duty: Multiple claims of sexual harassment at Activision Blizzard, one of the biggest game publishers in the industry. Male employees drinking copious amounts of alcohol and crawling through the cubicles where women worked. Pervasive joking about rape. The “Cosby Suite,” so named because one executive who […]
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    The Case for Media Ownership Reparations (Guest Column)

    The racial-justice uprisings that have taken place for years and engaged tens of millions of people globally in the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder have forced many of our nation’s media institutions to deal with their own histories of racism. In late August, the Columbia Journalism Review became the latest publication to acknowledge that it […]

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    Disney Has an Avengers-Sized Legal Problem (Maybe Bigger Than It Realizes)

    Seven years ago, in an event both momentous and foreshadowing, Disney blinked. At the time, Disney’s Marvel unit was facing off in court against the estate of comic book legend Jack Kirby over whether his heirs could terminate a copyright grant and thus reclaim rights to characters including Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Incredible Hulk and […]

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    Hollywood’s Curious 4Chan Connection

    Psst. Have you heard how Hollywood studios are in cahoots with a company that secretly owns 4chan? And they’re helping prop up a website that surreptitiously traffics in sexually explicit figurines of underage female characters? If not, it may only be a matter of time before this wild tale travels far thanks to an eye-opening […]

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Video Game Industry’s #MeToo Reckoning Erupts Into Government Turf War

It exploded like an Mk 2 in Call of Duty: Multiple claims of sexual harassment at Activision Blizzard, one of the biggest game publishers in the industry. Male employees drinking copious amounts…

The Case for Media Ownership Reparations (Guest Column)

The racial-justice uprisings that have taken place for years and engaged tens of millions of people globally in the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder have forced many of our nation’s…

Disney Has an Avengers-Sized Legal Problem (Maybe Bigger Than It Realizes)

Seven years ago, in an event both momentous and foreshadowing, Disney blinked. At the time, Disney’s Marvel unit was facing off in court against the estate of comic book legend Jack Kirby over

Hollywood’s Curious 4Chan Connection

Psst. Have you heard how Hollywood studios are in cahoots with a company that secretly owns 4chan? And they’re helping prop up a website that surreptitiously traffics in sexually explicit…

When Stars Sue Studios: The Truth About Profit Participation Cases (Guest Column)

For the last month, profit participant lawsuits have been the talk of the town (or at least a corner of it). In our practice litigating profit participation suits, we often encounter talent, talent

Power Lawyers: New York Nominations Are Open

Do you know a New York Power Lawyer? Now’s the time to nominate them for The Hollywood Reporter‘s feature highlighting the most influential attorneys in the entertainment industry who are based…

Hollywood Power Lawyers to Launch New Firm in 2022

Four top talent attorneys from two of Hollywood’s premier boutiques are leaving their firms to start a new venture. Matthew Johnson, P.J. Shapiro and Gregory Slewett of Ziffren Brittenham and…

Britney Spears’ Conservatorship: An End Is in Sight, But Maybe Not Soon

Britney Spears’ conservatorship is seemingly one step closer to an end now that her father has filed a petition seeking to terminate it, but there’s likely still a long road ahead and many…

Nevermind That Nirvana Child Pornography Lawsuit, Attorneys Say

The naked swimming baby on the iconic Nirvana Nevermind cover is now a 30-year-old man — and he’s suing just about everyone connected to the album with claims that the photo amounts to…

How the ‘Black Widow’ Battle Could Break the Mold on Hollywood Dealmaking

When Scarlett Johansson sued Disney on July 29 over her Black Widow pay, one community in Hollywood took the development especially personally: the ranks of transactional attorneys who…

In the Britney Spears Case, It’s Time to Negotiate

No, Britney is not free. At least not yet. The acknowledgment from Jamie Spears, the singer’s father, that he doesn’t believe a public battle over his continued service as conservator is in…

Is an MLB Mascot About to Change Hollywood’s Future?

Hollywood once got the most unlikely visitor — a freak of evolution, a creature from the Galapagos Islands, and the only professional baseball mascot to ever star in a feature film (even if his…