Don Johnson Awarded $23.2M In ‘Nash Bridges’ Lawsuit Against Rysher

By | Wednesday July 7, 2010 @ 2:09pm PDT

donjohnson1Another hey-you-didn’t-pay-me-my-profits lawsuit. This time a Los Angeles jury sided with Don Johnson who was both the star and a producer on the 1990s crime series Nash Bridges. Johnson sued 3 entertainment companies in 2009, claiming he was owed millions in … Read More »

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Lindsay Lohan To Serve 90 Days In Jail

By | Tuesday July 6, 2010 @ 4:03pm PDT
Mike Fleming

lindsay-lohanNormally, Deadline doesn’t cover the personal lives of Hollywood types, except under circumstances which affect their professional lives. But the Lindsay Lohan saga is worth mentioning because it gets sadder and sadder since she was a once-promising young actress. Lohan was sentenced today … Read More »

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YouTube Wins Viacom Copyright Lawsuit

By | Wednesday June 23, 2010 @ 2:05pm PDT

UPDATE: In connection with the summary judgment ruling today in its litigation against Google and YouTube, Viacom Inc made the following statement:

viacom-youtube-logos“We believe that this ruling by the lower court is fundamentally flawed and contrary to the language

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Creator Slams ‘Sons Of Anarchy’ Lawsuit

By | Wednesday June 16, 2010 @ 1:43pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

DBAGThe always refreshingly blunt Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter took to his blog this morning to respond to a $5 million lawsuit against FX filed by former Oz actor Chuck Zito, a self-proclaimed former leader of the NY chapter of … Read More »

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PAY UP OR PUT UP? UK Financiers Accuse Indie Film Watchdog Of Being “Toothless”

By | Thursday June 10, 2010 @ 1:16am PDT

Angry JudgeUK investors tell me that film distributors not paying sales agents money owed is putting the whole indieprod business at risk. The problem has gotten worse over the last couple of years as the movie market has tightened. All … Read More »

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Charlie Sheen’s Jail Time Won’t Impact ‘Men’

By | Tuesday June 1, 2010 @ 11:56am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Two and a Half Men star Charlie Sheen will plead guilty and serve jail time over misdemeanor charges stemming from his Christmas Day arrest for alleged domestic violence, according to several sites, including People and TMZ. But the 30-day sentence, which is expected to be reduced to 15-17 days for … Read More »

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2ND UPDATE: Behind Ken Starr Indictment

By | Thursday May 27, 2010 @ 5:00pm PDT
Mike Fleming

2ND UPDATE WRITE-THRU 1:30 PM: The indictment of financial advisor and accountant Kenneth Starr has the potential to be every bit as serious as the one that gripped Hollywood when Cassanda Group’s Dana Giacchetto fell from grace after defrauding some of Hollywood’s biggest names in the 1990s.

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UPDATE: Did Uma Thurman, Jim Wiatt And Bunny Mellon Help Flush Accused Investment Advisor Ken Starr?

By | Thursday May 27, 2010 @ 2:02pm PDT
Mike Fleming

UPDATED WRITE-THRU: The indictment of financial advisor and accountant Kenneth Starr has the potential to be every bit as serious as the one that gripped Hollywood when Cassanda Group’s Dana Giacchetto fell from grace after defrauding some of Hollywood’s biggest names in the 1990s.

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SEC Bares Text of Inept Suspects As They Sold Disney Earnings Info To FBI Agents

By | Wednesday May 26, 2010 @ 6:15pm PDT
Mike Fleming

UPDATE AT 6:15 PM: More details have surfaced in the shocking indictment of Bonnie Hoxie– the administrative assistant to Disney corporate communications head Zenia Mucha—and Hoxie’s boyfriend Yonni Sebbeg for allegedly trying to peddle an early quarterly report to hedge funds for cash payment. In the annals of insider trading, … Read More »

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UPDATE: Disney Denies Claims It Is Close to Selling ABC

By | Wednesday May 26, 2010 @ 10:59am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE 11 AM: The Walt Disney Co. just issued the following statement relating to the complaint filed by the U.S. Attorney on May 26 in New York:

The Walt Disney Company has been fully cooperating with this investigation. The reference in the complaint to conversations regarding the ABC Network were and

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WGAE Supports ‘Crude’ Docu Filmmaker

By | Tuesday May 18, 2010 @ 2:12pm PDT
Mike Fleming

The Writer’s Guild East has come out on behalf of documentary director Joe Berlinger, who last week was ordered by a Federal Judge to give Chevron more than 600 hours of footage he compiled for the documentary Crude: The Real Read More »

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Joel Silver Sues Goldman Sachs (And Can We Sue To Close His Crappy Dark Castle?)

By | Monday May 17, 2010 @ 11:33pm PDT

Goldman_Sachs_logoMost of the time, Hollywood is complaining about Joel Silver. Now the producer is complaining about Wall Street. Matthew Belloni scooped about the breach of contract and fraud lawsuit filed today in LA Superior Court by Silver against Goldman Sachs. It claims the investment bank … Read More »

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CANNES: David Bergstein Among The Yacht Crowd Doing Offshore Film Deals?

By | Monday May 17, 2010 @ 6:45am PDT
Mike Fleming

cannes-yacht-charterTonight’s party thrown by Paul Allen on his yacht M.Y. Octopus puts the focus on the ships off the Croisette, and makes some wonder just who is doing business from these luxury  vessels? I’m told that among the seafarers is troubled … Read More »

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Warner Bros/DC Comics Sues ‘Superman’ Copyright Lawyer; Marc Toberoff Response

By | Friday May 14, 2010 @ 12:45pm PDT

BREAKING NEWS! 2ND UPDATE 12:40 PM: The subject of today’s Warner Bros/DC Comics lawsuit, Los Angeles copyright attorney Marc Toberoff, just gave me his response. (See below)

Original Post Filed 10:26 AM. Updated Writethru 11:30 AM:
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UPDATE: Lionsgate Loses Poison Pill Appeal; What Defense Against Icahn Is Left?

By | Friday May 7, 2010 @ 11:54am PDT

UPDATE: Drama, drama, drama! (And fast drama.) First, the British Columbia Court of Appeals today granted lionsgate_logoLionsgate’s request to reexamine the British Columbia Securities Commission’s decision to stop the studio from using a poison pill defense against Carl Icahn’s attempted hostile … Read More »

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Judge Calls Off Dogs On David Bergstein

By | Tuesday May 4, 2010 @ 5:15pm PDT
Mike Fleming

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge recalled the bench warrant he issued on David Bergstein after the embattled film financier showed up in a courtroom to address his unpaid casino markers worth nearly $1 million. Judge Matthew St. George issued the bench warrant after Bergstein sent his lawyer to handle … Read More »

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Polanski: “I Can Remain Silent No Longer!”

By | Sunday May 2, 2010 @ 4:41pm PDT

Film director Roman Polanski today broke his silence first the time about his Swiss arrest and pending extradition back to Los Angeles. He released this statement to the news media through his Paris friend and author Bernard-Henri Lévy, director of the French magazine La Règle du Jeu:

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Another Charlie Sheen Update: Both Sides ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ About A Deal

By | Sunday May 2, 2010 @ 1:10pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Sources close to Charlie Sheen’s negotiations with Warner Bros. TV are “cautiously optimistic” that the charliesheen4two sides will be able to come to terms on a new deal that would keep the star on CBS’ hit Two and a Half MenRead More »

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Lionsgate Appealing Decision That It Can’t Use Poison Pill Defense Against Carl Icahn

By | Wednesday April 28, 2010 @ 7:10pm PDT

Poison-pillThat’s basically the long and short of it. Lionsgate today announced that it has filed an application with the British Columbia Court of Appeal for leave to appeal the British Columbia Securities Commission’s decision to stop the studio from using … Read More »

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