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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.

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

The Law and Video Podcast for September 16, 2008

Law and Video is the first live, call-in podcast to clear the air on legal issues for filmmakers and videographers who are looking for answers to questions related to starting a production business, copyright issues, contracts, intellectual property and distribution. We record live on Tuesdays at 5pm Pacific, 8pm Eastern. Our Latest episode is now available.  Visit us… Continue Reading

Latest Episode of the Law and Video Podcast

    Law and Video is the first live, call-in podcast to clear the air on legal issues for filmmakers and videographers who are looking for answers to questions related to starting a production business, copyright issues, contracts, intellectual property and distribution. We record live on Tuesdays at 5pm Pacific, 8pm Eastern.  Visit us at lawandvideo.com … Continue Reading

This week on the podcast.

This week’s Law and Video podcast is now available at http://www.lawandvideo.com. Listen Live Tuesdays at 5pm Pacific/8pm Eastern, or download and listen at your convenience. This week’s topics: I’ve got a copyright, what do I need to do to protect it? Statutes of limitations, doctrine of laches Director’s former assistant/editor wants credit after termination. What… Continue Reading

This week on Law and Video podcast.

This week’s Law and Video podcast is now available at http://www.lawandvideo.com Listen Live Tuesdays at 5pm Pacific/8pm Eastern, or download and listen at your convenience.This week’s topics: City of New York revises permit and insurance requirements for small video productions. Credit for video game authorship. Use of government forms in instructional videos. Former employer’s use… Continue Reading

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