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New ‘Star Wars’ Series, Shonda Rhimes’ ‘The Residence’ Top Shows Nabbing California Tax Credits

Seven TV series — five new and two relocating — have been selected to receive $90.8 million in tax incentives for shooting in California, the state’s film office said Monday. HBO, granted $30 million in credits, came out on top in this round of tax breaks, followed by Disney’s Lucasfilm ($20.9 million), Warner Bros. Discovery […]

One ‘Rust’ Producer Dodges Some Claims in Suit From Script Supervisor

A Rust producer escaped some claims in a lawsuit from the movie’s script supervisor who argued that the producer was at fault over the on-set shooting in October that resulted in the death and injury of two crew members. A Los Angeles judge on Thursday dismissed claims of assault and infliction of emotional distress against […]

Private Equity Money Picks Hollywood as Smart Bet Even in Downturn

Hollywood executives may be worried about a cooling in content spending, but the smart money doesn’t seem to be. Even though companies like Netflix, Warner Bros. Discovery and Disney have indicated that they will be more prudent with their content investments, private equity firms are continuing to invest in entertainment assets at a torrid pace. […]

Twitter’s Case Against Elon Musk Might Be Tougher Than Expected

Elon Musk has spent the past two months dragging Twitter through the mud. He divulged internal company data about its bot check sample size. He claimed chief executive Parag Agrawal misrepresented Twitter’s daily user estimate. He even accused the company of lying about the number of spambots and fake accounts on the platform — going […]

Hollywood’s Spending in New Mexico Hits $855M

Direct spending in New Mexico by film, TV and digital media productions reached $855 million in fiscal year 2022 that ended June 30, the state’s governor’s office said Thursday. New Mexico’s film and television industry has continued to grow: spending more than doubled from $292 million in 2020 to $626.5 million in 2021. It’s not […]

Appeals Court Orders Unsealing of Closed-Door Testimony in Polanski Case

A state appeals court Wednesday ordered the unsealing of a former prosecutor’s testimony in the criminal case against Roman Polanski. The ruling could eventually draw to a close the 45-year-old legal saga. California’s Second Appellate District issued the order after the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office lifted its opposition to unseal transcripts of closed-door testimony […]

Twitter Sues Elon Musk to Enforce $44B Takeover

Twitter has sued Elon Musk over his decision to scrap a $44 billion takeover of the social media company, arguing he’s required to consummate the deal in accordance with the merger agreement. “Having mounted a public spectacle to put Twitter in play, and having proposed and then signed a seller-friendly merger agreement, Musk apparently believes […]

L.A. District Attorney Won’t Oppose Roman Polanski’s Effort to Unseal Testimony From Prosecutor in 1977 Case

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office is no longer opposing a request to unseal a former prosecutor’s testimony that Roman Polanski claims will reveal misconduct from a judge, thus warranting dismissal of the decades-old case against him. Los Angeles prosecutors on Tuesday lifted their opposition to unseal transcripts of closed-door testimony from the original […]

Johnny Depp Settles ‘City of Lies’ Assault Suit Ahead of Trial

Johnny Depp has reached a tentative deal to resolve a suit from a City of Lies crewmember who says the actor assaulted him on set. According to a notice of settlement filed with the court Monday, Depp settled with location manager Greg “Rocky” Brooks in a deal that requires Depp to follow through with unspecified […]

One Big Reason Hollywood Hasn’t Begun Boycotting States Over Abortion Access

The Supreme Court’s ruling overturning Roe v. Wade puts Hollywood between a rock and a hard place. While some entertainment industry executives may have tried in years past to stay out of the political fray, industry leaders have been spurred to weigh in on issues that talent has started to consider deal-breakers when assessing whether to […]

Lewis Black Sues Pandora for $10M in Latest Comedian Copyright Infringement Lawsuit

Pandora has been hit with another lawsuit by a comedian accusing the streamer of shortchanging artists by neglecting to obtain the proper copyrights to stream their works — this time by Lewis Black. According to a complaint filed Thursday in California federal court, Pandora “took and exploited his works solely to make themselves money while […]

Arizona’s $125M Film and TV Tax Credits Bill Becomes Law

Arizona will hand out up to $125 million a year in tax breaks to Hollywood, joining the ranks of just a handful of states with nine-figure caps in their incentive programs. Under a program that Gov. Doug Ducey allowed to become law Wednesday without his signature, productions that shoot in Arizona will be eligible for […]