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Counseling TV Veteran in First Opportunity / Profit Participation Litigation: Represented the creator of several television series in a state court lawsuit against a major studio alleging that it violated his first opportunity and passive payment rights to write and executive produce a spin-off of shows he created. The case settled after the studio’s motion for summary judgment was denied and one week before the start of the trial.
Obtained $49M Jury Award in Profit Participation Trial: We represented creators of a hit television sitcom in a profit participation dispute with a major studio. The case settled after the jury reached a verdict awarding $49.5 million in compensatory damages, and found fraud by the studio and punitive damages against the studio. We reached a settlement before the punitive damages phase.
Recovered TV Royalties in Profit Participation Settlement: Our client, a prominent film and television producer, was in a profit participation dispute relating to an Emmy-award-winning television series. We recovered a substantial amount in a settlement for our client.
Recovered Profits for MOTW Producers: We recovered a substantial amount in settlement for our client, an author and producer, in a profit participation dispute concerning several made-for-television movies.
Representing Indie Producer / Financier in Litigation: We serve as ongoing commercial litigation counsel to one of Hollywood’s most innovative producers and financiers of entertainment properties.
Settled Televised Lottery Promotion Class Action: The firm obtained a favorable settlement in a class action in which our entertainment client was one of several production-side defendants. The related allegations involved claims of illegal lotteries promoted on several prime time television programs and the CA Unfair Competition Law §17200.
Defending Record Label Accountant on Malpractice Claims: We are representing an accountant for a major record label in a professional negligence action relating to the accounting of royalties.
Mitigated Adverse Jury Verdict for Broadcaster: The firm represented a public broadcasting company in post-trial proceedings following the return of an adverse jury verdict. After we obtained a favorable tentative decision from the court on post-trial motions, the case was settled on terms satisfactory to the client.
Conservatorship & Estate of Britney Jean Spears: We successfully represented the conservators in an appeal which upheld the probate court’s order restraining a lawyer from acting on behalf of the conservatee, pop star Britney Spears.
Defending Pop Star on Concert Cancellation Conflict: In our representation of a prominent Asian pop star on issues arising from a cancellation of a concert at Staples Center, we succeeded in moving the matter to arbitration in Korea.
Providing Criminal Defense to Rap Star: We are successfully assisting a platinum-selling recording artist with a sensitive matter initiated by a law enforcement agency.
Counseling on Civil / Criminal Matter for NBA Athlete: The firm is representing a prominent athlete in civil charges related to criminal claims.
Advising MLB Hall-of-Fame Athlete in Business Dispute: We are representing a former professional baseball star in his commercial dispute involving a current business enterprise.
Resolved Idea Theft Claim for Production Company Against Studio: The firm represented a global production company in idea theft claims against a major studio related to a highly successful 2010 animated film.
Enforced Anti-Piracy Laws for Studios: We represented a major movie association trade group in piracy cases that resulted in injunctions and seizures of pirated films.
Bird Marella Principal John Berlinski is quoted in the July 12, 2022 Wall Street Journal article, “Netflix in Talks With Hollywood Studios to Facilitate New Ad-Supported Platform.” In the article, Mr. Berlinski …
Tuesday, July 12, 2022Go to the post
Bird Marella is thrilled to announce that John Berlinski has joined the firm’s Partnership. A powerhouse in entertainment litigation, John is regarded as one of Hollywood’s most respected lawyers, with …
Wednesday, May 11, 2022Go to the post
Bird Marella attorneys Ekwan Rhow, Timothy Yoo, and Ray Seilie won a judgment in favor of their clients BTS and HYBE Corporation (formerly Big Hit Entertainment) in a copyright-infringement lawsuit brought against …
Tuesday, April 5, 2022Go to the post
Principals Ronald Nessim and Julia Cherlow, with associates Cameron Partovi and Darren Patrick, led clients Hanzer Holdings and Arlita, Inc. (“Plaintiffs”) to triumph over CBS’ 11th hour motion for summary judgment in a lawsuit involving …
Wednesday, March 2, 2022Go to the post
Bird Marella was recognized as a “Highly Recommended” law firm in California, for the fourth time in a row, by Benchmark Litigation. The publication is the definitive guide to America’s …
Tuesday, October 12, 2021Go to the post
Principals Ron Nessim and Julia Cherlow recently authored the article, “The Application of the Sales Comparison Affiliate Transaction Provision to New, In-House Streaming Transactions Involving Historical Television Programs, and Their …
Tuesday, June 29, 2021Go to the post
Principal Timothy B. Yoo authored the Bloomberg Law article, “K-Pop to Parasite—Navigating South Korean Business Culture.” The article details the rise of Korean entertainment as it reaches global …
Wednesday, May 20, 2020Go to the post
Bird Marella attorneys Ron Nessim and Scott Goldman authored the article, “Mandatory Arbitration Provisions Involving Talent and Studios and Proposed Areas for Improvement,” published by the UCLA Entertainment …
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