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Archive for the ‘Entertainment’ Category

February 2, 2016

NEWS Jewocity.com (press release) (blog) Sundance 2016: 17 most anticipated indie films premiering at the festival Jewocity.com (press release) (blog) Sundance Film Festival 2016 gets underway today and it is set to be put some great independent films from all around the world in the spotlight. Huffington Post The Fellowship Of The Film Huffington Post Waller: We were this indie film, so you […]

Does Copyright Protect Film Characters?

July 19, 2014

A production company in California, Bengal Mangle Productions, has filed a lawsuit against Seth MacFarlane alleging copyright infringement over the 2012 movie about a foul-mouthed stuffed toy “Ted”.

Paul Walker’s Tragic Death Underscores Filmmakers’ Need for Key Man Insurance

December 13, 2013

News of Paul Walker’s death was tragic and unsettling. As an avid car enthusiast, I am a big fan of the “Fast” franchise of adrenaline pumping car chase movies. I’m sure I join his many fans in mourning our loss. Which got me thinking about whether the installment of the film franchise in which he […]

Independent #Film & #Filmmaking News Roundup

August 4, 2013

Girish Kasaravalli Hopeful About Future of Indie Cinema India West Asked about the viability of indie and parallel cinema at the box office, Kasaravalli said, “The commercial aspect depends on the filmmaker. He has made a film. France’s New Film Crew Wage Law Faces Legal Challenge Hollywood Reporter France’s New Film Crew Wage Law Faces […]

Upcoming Entertainment Law Seminar

May 24, 2013

Chicago’s leading Entertainment Law firm, Leavens, Strand, Glover & Adler, is pleased to announce its inaugural Entertainment Law Seminar: What In-House Lawyers Must Know About Exploiting Creative Content

When Soderbergh Speaks, Indie Filmmakers Listen

May 2, 2013

The Business of Independent Film For the past few years, the business of creating independent film has faced many challenges. Outside financing has suffered from the “Great Recession” as banks stopped lending, Federal Section 181 film tax credits have evaporated,  State film Tax credit programs have imploded from scandal and debate rages about the effectiveness […]

5 #Legal Questions to Ask BEFORE Starting Your #Crowdfunding Project

April 9, 2013

Five Legal Questions To Ask BEFORE Crowd-funding You Next Film (or Creative) Project Intro I recently had the opportunity to share the stage at a Chicago VentureShot Community panel presentation on crowdfunding an independent film project. My client successfully raised enough funds to produce his film through the Crowdfunding site KickStarter.com. Due to the unpredictable […]