Monthly Archives: November 2015

  Librarian of Congress Could Reform the DMCA: Michael Donaldson Speaks with the San Francisco Chronicle

Few have heard of the Librarian of Congress, but the person holding this office not only oversees the U.S. Copyright Office, but also decides what content deserves copyright protection. The position is currently vacant, and this has created enormous opportunity … Full Story

 
  Michael Donaldson and Lisa Callif Named Top Entertainment Lawyers by Daily Journal

The Daily Journal named partners Michael Donaldson and Lisa Callif as Top Entertainment Lawyers in 2015 for their success in representing independent filmmakers. Michael has established himself in the entertainment industry for his understanding of the fair use doctrine, a … Full Story

 
  MAKING A MURDERER – Documentary Event of the Fall

Making A Murderer, co-directed by Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, is a docuseries about Steven Avery, Wisconsin’s first DNA exoneree. It premieres on NETFLIX on December 18, 2015. Read “Netflix’s ‘Making a Murderer’ is the Documentary Event of the Fall” by … Full Story

 
  Bridging the Gender Pay Gap: Lisa Callif Speaks with Variety Magazine

The California Fair Pay Act, effective January 1, 2016, will enable women to earn comparable pay to men for doing “substantially similar” work. The Act lists exceptions that permit pay disparity, but people in entertainment are wondering how it will … Full Story

 
  DMCA Exemptions Expanded for Documentarians: Christopher Perez Publishes Realscreen Article

In an article written for Realscreen, Partner Christopher Perez discusses the U.S. Copyright Office’s latest Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) ruling, which grants a wider exemption for documentary filmmakers. Mr. Perez worked with fellow Partner Michael Donaldson alongside the University … Full Story

 
  Disaster! Headed for Broadway

Congratulations to our clients Jim Burba & Bob Hayes investors and executive producers of Disaster!  The musical opens at Broadway’s Nederlander Theatre on March 8, 2016 and previews begin February 9th. The musical features the talents of Roger Bart, Kerry … Full Story

 
  2015 IDA Doc Awards Nominees

Congrats to our clients who are nominated for the 31st Annual IDA Documentary Awards!   Hosted by Tig Notaro on December 5th, 2015, the IDA Doc Awards will honor the top nonfiction programs, filmmakers and films in a variety of … Full Story