Monthly Archives: April 2009

New Line, Universal Orlando sued over themepark attraction.

TRADE SECRETS THEFT AND BREACH OF CONTRACT LLEGEDALLEGED BY ORLANDO BUSINESS AGAINST NEW LINE CINEMA AND UNIVERSAL ORLANDO

ORLANDO, FLORIDA—ICC Designs, an Orlando-based business that has for over 25 years designed and produced theme park attractions, recently filed suit against New Line Cinema and Universal Orlando for theft of its idea and design for a “Halloween Horror Nights” attraction, featuring New Line characters “Freddy,” “Jason Voorhies” and “Leather Face.”

The lawsuit alleges that ICC approached New Line Cinema in 2005 to develop and produce a series of theme park horror attractions using New Line’s famous horror characters. New Line management responded enthusiastically to ICC’s proposal as no theme park or horror attraction had ever before featured these characters. New Line’s Executive Vice President David Imhoff was quoted in a July 25, 2005, Orlando Sentinel story announcing the ICC and New Line joint venture: “This has never been done before in the Halloween business. There’s going to be a lot of people asking, ‘Why didn’t we think of this?’ ”

It seemed business plans were progressing until just minutes before a November 21, 2006, conference call between ICC and NBC to discuss licensing for Universal Studios, the call was cancelled. In July of 2007, ICC Designs read in industry magazines that Universal Orlando, NBC, and New Line had formed a new partnership to bring three of Hollywood’s scariest characters to Universal’s two resorts, Universal Orlando and Universal Hollywood.
Stay tuned.

R&H Music Publishing Catalog valued at $200 Million (estimated)

My friend and podcast co-host Tamera Bennett has posted an article at her blog  about the valuation of the Rodgers & Hammerstein music publishing catalog.  Apparently, the catalog was worth around $200 Million when it was recently purchased by a Dutch pension fund.  This valuation is estimated by experts who suggest that it’s  probably around … Continue Reading

"Da Ali G Show" star Sacha Baron Cohen puts one in the win column. Libel case dismissed.

“Borat” and “Bruno” star  Sacha Baron Cohen” is no stranger to lawsuits alleging defamation, but this week he  scored a victory in a suit filed by a woman (identified as “jane doe”,  who  alleged that she was defamed in an interview with Gore Vidal on “Da Ali G Show”. According to the Judge in the… Continue Reading

Entertainment Law Update Podcast – Episode 1

I’ve been talking about this quite a bit lately, and it’s finally here… My new podcasting venture is a reality. Episode 1 of the Entertainment Law Update Podcast, hosted by yours truly, along with Tamera Bennett is now online . In this episode SAG & AMPTP have arrived at a deal… The competing “Octomom” trademark… Continue Reading

On Domain Names, squatters and new show titles.

One of my favorite blogs is Ken Davenport’s PRODUCER’S PERSPECTIVE. Ken has posted an insightful piece about cyber-squatters and the need to register your show’s domain name(s) early. The article is titled: Got an idea for a show? Here’s the first thing you should do. This is among the first recommendations I make to any… Continue Reading

Introducing Entertainment Law Update Podcast

Launching April 20th, Entertainment Law Update is an audio podcast featuring Entertainment attorneys Gordon P. Firemark and Tamera Bennett. Every month, our hosts and guests will survey the legal landscape of the entertainment industry, discussing the top cases and news stories of interest to lawyers and entertainment business professionals. Each episode will feature a news… Continue Reading

Introducing Entertainment Law Update Podcast

Launching April 20th, Entertainment Law Update is an audio podcast featuring Entertainment attorneys Gordon P. Firemark and Tamera Bennett. Every month, our hosts and guests will survey the legal landscape of the entertainment industry, discussing the top cases and news stories of interest to lawyers and entertainment business professionals. Each episode will feature a news… Continue Reading

Legal pitfalls for reality and documentary producers.

The  Hollywood Reporter’s lawyer-oriented site, THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog: has a great piece by Eriq Garder that surveys  the Top 5 ways reality shows can get sued. Recommended reading for all up-and-coming producers of reality shows, documentary films, and other media featuring real-world situations. Continue Reading

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