Television

TV Networks and Studios Prep for WGA Negotiations/Writers Strike

Television network and studio executives, and major producers for existing programs are about to make some strategic hiring decisions, according to industry commentary, like this article from Deadline. As the WGA (Writers Guild of America) faces the end of its current contract with television and film production companies this spring, television networks and studios are…

Netflix on TV

Netflix and the Power of Transparency

If you’re following the motion picture and television industry drama surrounding Netflix and its adopted practice of theatrically releasing potential award-winning feature films within a short release window—too short for many theater owners and creative contributors–then you know that Scott Stuber has recently been sharing his thoughts publicly with the industry trade press and other…

Movie tax credits

Production Tax Credits: Handle them Carefully

Variety recently published a story highlighting an oftentimes confusing, expensive, and damaging issue that can impact any film production if tax credits and accounting issues aren’t properly managed: tax credit fraud. In this specific case, a whistleblower drew attention to alleged misuse of tax credits on the Warner Brothers film “Sully”, starring Tom Hanks and…

Writers Guild Elections

Update on WGA Elections

In the midst of the ongoing battle between the Writer’s Guild of America and various talent agencies, day-to-day WGA business continues, including elections for Guild president. This September, David Goodman soundly defeated Phyllis Nagy in a contest that inspired record turnout. In addition to his re-election to a two-year term, the results were positive for…

Spiderman on a Roof

Spider-Man: The Recent Sony-Disney Split on Future Films

Sony Pictures currently owns the motion picture rights to the Spider-Man character, originally a Marvel Comics creation, and the last two movies featuring Spider-Man have been the result of a partnership between Sony Pictures and Disney-owned Marvel Entertainment. By every metric, both of those Spider-Man films have been highly successful. But after reportedly months of…