Hollywood Docket: ABC skywriting; Hulu business model; EFF hall of shame

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Hollywood Docket: ABC skywriting; Hulu business model; EFF hall of shame

Wed Oct 28, 2009 @ 10:05AM PST

Entertainment law news this morning:

  • Either because of bad publicity or environmental regulations, Disney's ABC network has scrapped a plan to cover the skies of major cities with giant red "V"'s to promote the debut of its alien invasion drama. The campaign would have caused a good amount of lead and carbon emissions at a time when Disney has promised to cut its fuel emissions in half by 2012 and is also facing court challenges on other environmental fronts.
  • At the CTAM Summit, executives are trading hard opinions on the wisdom of TV networks giving content to streaming websites like Hulu. Last week, Warner Bros. CEO Barry Meyer attacked the idea of giving top shelf content away for free, and yesterday, Hulu CEO Jason Kilar defended his position that Hulu is not undermining the traditional free-to-air TV model. 
  • WME agent John Ferriter, a powerbroker in the reality TV space, has reportedly hired a lawyer and is meeting about his employment status at the agency.
  • Composers and lyricists working in film, TV and video games are in discussions on unionization and have set up a website to announce they will be meeting Monday, Nov 16 to talk about the possibility of affiliation with the Teamsters Local 399.
  • EFF has set up a new "Takedown Hall of Shame" to focus on the most egregious examples of takedown abuse, most recently NPR's attempts to quash an anti-gay marriage advocacy group's commercial. Warner Music, NBC, and Michael Savage are also inductees. Congratulations all around.

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