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Collective Bargaining Hollywood Style: Entourage stars Get $2mil each negotiating as one
After years of speculation and anticipation the HBO hit series Entourage will finally make it to the silver screen. Its long journey to the world’s movie theaters, as with most Hollywood big budget productions, was not without controversy and delay. In a recent article in the Hollywood Reporter, Kevin Dillon, who co-stars in the film said that discussion about a potential film had begun as early as 2008, the same year that HBO’s Sex and the City made its film debut. Much of the delay was due to writer and director, Doug Ellin’s inability to come up with a script and storyline for the feature. However, once the script was completed the film would be further delayed by marathon salary negotiations.
One of the project’s main stars, Jeremy Piven, who was the only established celebrity prior to the original show’s conception, received a salary that left the other actors feeling like they deserved more than originally offered. After negotiations were finally completed Piven walked away with a cool $5 million, and the film’s other stars, Adrian Gernier, Jerry Ferrera, and Kevin Dillon, each signed deals worth $2 million.
In his interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Grenier discusses how he, Ferrera, and Dillon negotiated as a single unit to get their final deal, “We recognized that we had more leverage when we were aligned.” The utilization of collective bargaining between the project’s stars and the studio is very interesting and could start a new trend in contract negotiations. Rather than negotiate separate deals and contracts it seems as though Gerneir, Ferrera, and Dillon opted to negotiate as a single unit. This allowed them to secure the same uniform deal of $2 million each, rather than have their agents and attorney’s negotiate several different deals for each star. This technique can prove to be a rather effective one for ensemble cast projects, where all the stars can work together to secure a favorable payout.
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Famed director Quentin Tarantino has filed a copyright infringement suit against Gawker Media for its alleged involvement in the dissemination of copies of his script, ‘The Hateful Eight’. The complaint contends that Gawker Media crossed the journalistic line by promoting itself as the first source to read the entire screenplay illegally. The article contains multiple direct links for downloading the entire screenplay through an anonymous URL with a caption that says “Enjoy!”. After several demands for removal which Gawker has reportedly chosen to ignore, Tarantino has commenced a lawsuit that is seemingly designed to counter Gawker’s potential “safe harbor” defense under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. John Cook, the editor for Gawker, has responded to the lawsuit by asserting the website did not leak the script. Cook claims that Tarantino deliberately turned the leak into a story and wanted the script published online and Gawker published the link because it was newsworthy.
Disney has emerged victorious in their trademark infringement suit against Phase 4 Films. The studio successfully thwarted Phase 4 Films’ alleged attempt to take advantage of the success of ‘Frozen’. Only one month after the lawsuit commenced, Phase 4 has thrown in the towel, settling the case with a stipulated judgment that includes a $100,000 payout and requires the movie to go back to its original name, ‘The Legend of Sarila’.
James Cameron can truly attest to the saying “more money, more problems”. Following the enormous and record breaking success of ‘Avatar’, Cameron’s production company, Lightstorm Entertainment, was sued not once but three times within a 10-day period in 2011. The plethora of allegations included that he used the works of various writers to create the 3-D phenomenon which earned over $2.7 billion at the box office. Last Friday, Cameron successfully defended against the third suit, brought by writer Bryant Moore for over a billion dollars in damages. Although Moore’s claim survived longer than the other lawsuits, it ultimately gave way to a summary judgment ruling that not enough similarity existed between Moore’s work and the box office hit.