Entertainment Law

GMSR has successfully represented parties is some of the leading California cases regarding profit participation, entertainment industry contracts, and publicity rights.

Wind Dancer Production Group v. Walt Disney Pictures (2017) 10 Cal.App.5th 56

GMSR’s clients, the creators and producers of the hit television show Home Improvement, sued Disney for underpaying their profit participation.  Disney obtained summary judgment on the basis of an “incontestability clause” in its contract with plaintiffs that, Disney claimed and the trial court found, absolutely

GMSR obtains reversal of summary judgment in Home Improvement profit-participation case, enabling the creators/producers to proceed to trial.

GMSR’s clients, the creators and producers of the hit television show Home Improvement, sued Disney for underpaying their profit participation.  Disney obtained summary judgment on the basis of an “incontestability clause” in its contract with plaintiffs that, Disney claimed and the trial court found, absolutely

Crosby v. HLC Properties, Ltd. (2014) 223 Cal.App.4th 597

GMSR wins publicity rights dispute for Bing Crosby’s heirs; Court of Appeal’s decision helps delineate publicity rights of celebrities and their heirs, brings stability to settlements by reaffirming the breadth of releases of claims

GMSR wins publicity rights dispute for Bing Crosby’s heirs; Court of Appeal’s decision helps delineate publicity rights of celebrities and their heirs, brings stability to settlements by reaffirming the breadth of releases of claims

Bing Crosby v. HLC Properties, Ltd. (2014) 223 Cal.App.4th 597 (California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Three) [published]. In an important decision for the entertainment industry, the Court of Appeal resolved a publicity rights dispute in favor of GMSR’s clients, famous crooner Bing

Celador Internat., Inc. v. American Broadcasting Cos., Inc. (9th Cir. 2012) 499 Fed.Appx. 721

Television show creator found contractually entitled to 50% of network’s profits; substantial evidence supported jury’s $269 million damages award

Ninth Circuit affirms $319 million award for GMSR’s client

Celador International, Inc. v. American Broadcasting Companies, Inc., et al. (2012) 499 Fed.Appx. 721, 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 24820 (United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit) [unpublished]. GMSR’s client Celador International licensed its mega-hit game show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire to

Price v. Stossel (9th Cir. 2010) 620 F.3d 992

Ninth Circuit holds that district court erred in dismissing GMSR’s client’s express defamation claim against ABC on anti-SLAPP grounds.

Ladd v. Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. (2010) 184 Cal.App.4th 1298

Studio’s undervaluation of film producers’ share of revenues; infringement of film producer’s rights

Blanks v. Seyfarth Shaw LLP (2009) 171 Cal.App.4th 336

Reversing $30 million legal malpractice judgment because of error in instructing on Talent Agencies Act

HLC Props. v. MCA Records, 2008 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 3993

GMSR’s clients, the heirs of legendary performer Bing Crosby, sued MCA Records for unpaid royalties. Because it concluded that the claims were equitable in nature, the trial court held a bench trial, the result of which was a complete defense verdict. GMSR challenged the judgment

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