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Entertainment Law Litigation Is Complex

While entertainment is a creative field, at times things can get dirty. In some cases, creatives find themselves experiencing mental blocks and as deadlines loom, the intellectual property (IP) of one entertainer, whether it is a songwriter, an artist, or an author, can wind up being circulated as the IP of another. For example, in 1976, author Alex Haley released the pivotal epic Roots: The Saga of an American Family, which earned a Pulitzer Prize and led to a miniseries that kept rapt viewers watching as it dominated TV ratings. Haley marketed the book as a true story tracing his ancestry back...

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Entertainment Industry Contracts and Sky-High Salaries Require a Skilled Attorney

Because of the variety of different ways entertainment companies pay actors, contracts for entertainers can be complex works. Many of the biggest payments to television and film stars, for example, are on the back end, through residuals or royalties, and contracts need to stipulate the percentage an actor might be paid for shows that are airing in syndication or on a streaming service such as Netflix or Hulu. And when it comes to how much money can be made in royalties, it all comes down to the contract. TV Stars Can Make Bank, or Not, Depending on the Contract For example, the stars...

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