Hollywood Docket: ESPN careful with LeBron special; LucasFilm vs. laser; 'Avatar' tech settlement

« Court details long, strange road to 'Easy Rider' sequel | Main | Hayden Christensen claims USA stole his idea for 'Royal Pains' »

Hollywood Docket: ESPN careful with LeBron special; LucasFilm vs. laser; 'Avatar' tech settlement

Thu Jul 08, 2010 @ 12:07PM PST
  • ESPN is taking extra care to make sure that tonight's unusual Lebron James special doesn't violate network policies on paying for interviews. Perhaps in an effort to avoid contractual precedent, ESPN says there are no rights fees or production costs, and it's not a time buy. [THR]

  • LucasFilm has sent a cease-and-desist letter to a Hong Kong maker of a new high-powered laser, threatening legal action for creating a product that it alleges looks too much like the famous light saber from "Star Wars." [CNN]

  • James Cameron's production company and Los Angeles-based Crack Creative have settled a legal dispute arising out of the development of some virtual production technology used in the making of "Avatar." [THR]

  • Next week, lawyers for filmmaker Joe Berlinger will go before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals to challenge a lower court's order requiring him to turn over 600 hours of footage taken for a documentary to Chevron. Here's a very insightful look at the controversy and the legal issues involved. [Citizen Media Law Project]

  • A website is taking a "scientific survey" on the favorite television show of law professors. Regardless of the answer, what's the legal definition of a scientific survey? [PrawfsBlawg]

TrackBack URL for this entry:

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Hollywood Docket: ESPN careful with LeBron special; LucasFilm vs. laser; 'Avatar' tech settlement:

The Hollywood Reporter
The Hollywood Reporter, Esq. blog focuses on how the entertainment and media industries are impacted and influenced by the law. It is edited by Matthew Belloni with contributions from veteran legal reporter Eriq Gardner and others. Before joining The Hollywood Reporter, Belloni was a lawyer at an entertainment litigation firm in Los Angeles. He writes a column for THR devoted to entertainment law. Gardner is a New York-based writer and legal journalist. Send tips or comments to Matthew.Belloni@thr.com

The Hollywood Reporter
Contact: Patrice Atiee at 323.525.2014 or patrice.atiee@thr.com

The Hollywood Reporter is Your Complete Film Resource

The columnists and bloggers who write for The Hollywood Reporter have their collective finger on the pulse of the boxoffice. Martin Grove and the other THR columnists deliver their thoughts on the film industry in an uncompromised style. Subscribe to THR today and get the latest views from these film experts and get the latest movie reviews as well.