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How Esports Contracts Exploit Players

The increasing popularity of competitive video games has created a global Esports industry that in 2021 had an audience size of 474 million viewers and generated $1.6 billion. While the industry is generating billions off its’ tournaments and providing long term investments and sponsorship opportunities for brands, game publishers, and even private equity firms, many…

Sponsorship Revenue in the NFL Continues to Rise

Sponsorship revenue for the NFL increased 12% during the 2021-22 season to a record $1.8 billion, according to sports partnership consultancy firm IEG. Despite not associating with gambling businesses in the past, sports betting and casinos saw the largest growth in sponsorship fees, growing more than 140%. In addition, teams took in 4% additional in…

Sports Jersey Patch Sponsorship Deals on the Rise

Brand sponsorship deals, including sports jersey sponsorships have become increasingly common in professional sports. Jersey sponsorships are when a company pays substantial amounts to advertise their logo on an athlete’s jersey. These corporate sponsorships represent some of the most profitable deals in the sports industry today, working to generate revenue for the team while offering…

Europe’s Independent Production Model & Partnerships Accelerating

As big streaming platforms like Netflix, Amazon, and Disney Plus pivot from capturing market share to profitability, growth in European content supply may be about to hit a breaking point in 2022. European SVOD Slowing Down Resources for European content producers is expected to decrease in 2022, despite large investments from big streaming platforms. The…

Room for Start-ups in the Streaming Service Market

Frndly TV, an internet-TV streaming service, founded two years ago by former Dish Network executives, has announced a multi-year distribution deal to bring A+E Networks’ portfolio of brands to Frndly’s subscribers. The multi-year distribution agreement between A&E Networks and Frndly TV will offer Frndly TV’s more than 500,000 subscribers’ access to thirty live TV channels…

WGA Vote Approves “Additional Literary Material” Screen Credit

To highlight the work of all writers employed on movie projects, members of the Writers Guild of America recently approved the establishment of an “Additional Literary Material” screen credit for feature films. Acknowledging the Work of All Writers Starting Jan. 1, 2022, the WGA can offer an “Additional Literary Credit” to writers during the credit-determination…

Recent High-Profile Talent Agreement Lawsuits

An increasing number of high-profile on camera talent lawsuits alleging breach of contract is resulting in scrutiny of the business practices of Netflix and Disney. Carole Baskin vs Netflix and Royal Goode Productions Carole Baskin and her husband, recently sued Netflix and “Tiger King 2” production company Royal Goode Productions for breach of contract. In…

SAG-AFTRA & Music Industry Fighting Antiquated State Law Regarding Artists’ Personal Service Contracts by Encouraging Support for FAIR Act Legislation

In our last blog post, “Streaming Has Created a Showrunner Problem,” we discussed how the streaming of motion picture content and the binge-watching model of dropping all series episodes at once has not only changed the way Hollywood writers typically create.  It has also negatively impacted other workers in the entertainment and media industries. Among…

Streaming Has Created a Showrunner Problem

The motion picture industry provides abundant opportunity for creative professionals to put their unique skills to work, because in no other industry can you find job roles that are more unique. Showrunners Disrupted One of these distinctive roles is that of the TV series showrunner, a position that combines the creative writer role with the…

Hollywood Deals: Drafting of Talent Agreements Overdue for Change

Scarlett Johansson is suing Disney for what she claims is a breach of her contract to play the Black Widow character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe movie franchise. Just three months after Johansson signed an amendment to her contract to play the role, Disney’s then CEO announced on a conference call with Wall Street analysts…