Ladd v Warner Bros. – Straight-Lining The Package

Straight-lining is the practice of allocating a license for a package of films equally across all films in the package.  It may be fair and proper in some instances, or unfair and abusive in others. Producer Alan Ladd, Jr. is responsible (with others, of course) for such popular and even iconic motion pictures as Blade […]

Weinstein Co. vs Smokewood – Beware What You Argue, It May Come Back to Haunt You

The film Push was the big prizewinner at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. The Weinstein Company (TWC), after aggressive pursuit, thought they had a deal to distribute it. But when, instead, the film was sold to another film company, TWC brought a number of lawsuits, including one against the film’s financier (Weinstein Co. v. Smokewood […]