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Fred Savage Responds To Harassment Allegations; Calls Claims “Absolutely Without Merit & Completely Untrue”

Former The Grinder star Fred Savage is speaking out following claims of harassment by a crew member on the Fox show. The woman filed a lawsuit Wednesday, as first reported by TMZ, accusing Savage of attacking and harassing her on the set of the series in 2015. In the statement Savage calls the allegations “completely without merit and absolutely untrue.” Savage’s statement follows that of producer 20th Century Fox TV, which after an investigation into the claims, found no… Read


Michael Jaffa Joins Genius Brands As General Counsel & SVP Biz Affairs

EXCLUSIVE: Former DreamWorks Animation Television exec Michael Jaffa has joined Genius Brands International as its General Counsel and SVP Business Affairs. The global brand-managment company said he will oversee the negotiating and shaping of business transactions in the areas of development, production, licensing, finance and distribution of Genius Brands' content catalog. Jaffa also will spearhead the business and legal operations of its digital channels. The Beverly… Read


Olivia De Havilland’s Lawyers Make Her Case In ‘Feud’ Appeals Hearing

Olivia De Havilland Feud

Oral arguments were heard today before the California Court of Appeal in the ongoing feud between Olivia de Havilland and the producers of the FX series Feud: Bette and Joan, whom she accuses of presenting her in a "false, hurtful and damaging light." If the questions asked by the three-judge panel today were any indication, however, the case may not stand much chance of proceeding to trial. The case, heard today at USC, pits de Havilland's right of publicity – her right… Read


Bankruptcy Court Approves Weinstein Co.’s Plans To Keep Lights On, Employees Paid

The Weinstein Company

A bankruptcy court judge in Delaware approved several interim measures today that will allow The Weinstein Company to continue to meet payroll and maintain business operations as it works through the sale of its film and television assets. Judge Mary Walrath granted what are known as “first day” applications that accompany a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, which are designed to minimize the adverse effects of the proceeding until a company’s assets can be sold. She also… Read


Former ‘Apprentice’ Contestant May Proceed With Defamation Suit Against Donald Trump, Judge Rules

Noting that no one is above the law, a Manhattan judge has ruled that former Apprentice contestant Summer Zervos may proceed with her defamation case against President Donald Trump. Judge Jennifer Schecter today denied a motion made by Trump’s lawyers to either dismiss the case or issue a continuance until the president leaves office. Zervos, a 2006 Apprentice contestant repped by attorney Gloria Allred, claims Trump sexually assaulted her twice in 2007. She says that at… Read


Ex-Playmate Alleging Donald Trump Affair Sues To End Contractual Silence

A former Playboy model who says she thought she was selling her story about her alleged affair with Donald Trump to The National Enquirer parent American Media Inc. for publication now is suing to be released from that deal, The New York Times reports. Although the $150K deal required Karen McDougal to remain silent about the alleged affair to all other parties, McDougal discovered that it did not require the Enquirer ever to publish it, she says in the lawsuit (read it he… Read


Olivia De Havilland’s Feud With FX Moves To California Court Of Appeal

Feud Olivia De Havilland

The California Court of Appeal will hear arguments today over whether Olivia de Havilland can proceed with her lawsuit against the FX Network and Ryan Murphy Productions over her portrayal in the FX series Feuddepicting the rivalry between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. The Oscar-winning actress objected to her portrayal by actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, claiming her name and likeness were used to promote the docudrama without her permission and that the series damaged… Read


WGA Not Alone in Challenging TV Packaging Deals; 9th Circuit To Rule In Legal Case

Hollywood Sign

Oral arguments heard last month in an anti-packaging case before the U.S. Ninth District Court of Appeals are drawing parallels to allegations made by the WGA, which has accused the major Hollywood talent agencies of monopolizing the packaging of scripted TV shows. The WGA East and WGA West claim the packaging profits reaped by the top agencies pose an inherent "conflict of interest" to their fiduciary duty to represent the best interests of writers, and are preparing to r… Read


NBC Wants ‘Tonight Show’ Discrimination Suit Moved To Arbitration, Or Dismissed

Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Lawyers for NBCUniversal and Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon bandleader Questlove asked the New York Supreme Court to move a discrimination suit filed by two former show crew members to arbitration or dismiss it altogether. The filing (read it here) came today in response to a suit filed in January by Kurt Decker and Michael Cimino, longtime camera operators who claim they were fired after both were recipients of "an unsolicited racist and misogynist text message from… Read


Getty Family Member Calls FX’s ‘Trust’ “Wildly Sensationalized False Portrayal”, Warns Of Legal Action


An attorney representing John Paul Getty III’s sister calls Trust, the forthcoming FX series about Getty’s 1973 kidnapping, a “wildly sensationalized false portrayal” of the Getty family, and demands to review all episodes of the 10-part limited series. Attorney Martin Singer today in a letter obtained by Deadline accused Trust executive producer Danny Boyle and FX Networks of falsely implying that family members were complicit in the kidnapping as part of a plot to dupe… Read


Conflict Of Interest Questions Have Long Swirled Around New Mexico IATSE Boss Jon Hendry

EXCLUSIVE: A near-fatal crash of a craft services truck in 2015 that left a woman with disabling and disfiguring injuries is reviving conflict of interest questions that have swirled for years about Jon Hendry, the embattled boss of IATSE Local 480 in Santa Fe. Hendry, who was ousted as president of the New Mexico Federation of Labor AFL-CIO earlier this week amid allegations of sexual harassment, could see his days as leader of Local 480 be numbered as well, as he was sid… Read


‘Midnight Rider’ Case: Director Randall Miller’s Ask For Leniency Denied By Judge

Midnight Rider director Randall Miller, serving a sentence for involuntary manslaughter in the 2014 on-set death of 27-year-old crew member Sarah Jones, was denied having his supervision removed by the judge overseeing the case since its beginning. In his decision, dated today, Judge Anthony Harrison stated that to lift the supervision would be contrary to the intended sentence of the court. Miller’s attorneys argued that it prevented him from extensive travel and has… Read