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Winston Cho

Winston Cho is The Hollywood Reporter's Business and Legal Writer, covering physical production, government oversight, antitrust and business disputes shaping Hollywood. Before joining THR in 2022, he worked at the legal trade publication The Daily Journal and the alt-weekly East Bay Express. His work has been recognized by the National Arts & Entertainment Journalism awards, and he graduated from UC Berkeley with degrees in public health and journalism.

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Bill Weinstein Sues Verve Over His Exit In Lawsuit Seeking Reinstatement as CEO

Bill Weinstein has sued Verve talent agency stemming from his exit after a little more than a year as chief executive, accusing the firm’s leadership of conspiring to oust him in a move to sell the company without cutting him in on the deal. Weinstein, in a lawsuit filed on Thursday in Los Angeles Superior […]

More News Publishers Sue OpenAI Over Copyright Claims As Legal Strategy Shifts

As battle lines are being drawn between artificial intelligence companies and news publishers, a trio of media companies have taken a legal shot at OpenAI and Microsoft. Two lawsuits — one filed by The Intercept and another by Raw Story and Alternet in New York federal court on Wednesday — accuse the firms of taking […]

Amazon Studios Hit With ‘Road House’ Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Involving AI Abuse Claims

A legal fight is brewing over the upcoming Road House remake, with the original film’s screenwriter suing Amazon Studios. R. Lance Hill, in a lawsuit filed Tuesday in California federal court, accuses MGM Studios and its parent, Amazon, of copyright infringement for refusing to license his 1986 screenplay after he allegedly clawed back the rights […]

Sean “Diddy” Combs Hit With New Sexual Assault Lawsuit by Producer

Sean “Diddy” Combs has been hit with a new sexual assault lawsuit, this time by a producer who accuses the music mogul of harassing and trafficking him. Rodney “Lil Rod” Jones, in a lawsuit filed Monday in New York federal court, alleges he was forced to engage in sex acts by Combs and solicit sex workers […]

Live Nation Loses Bid to Dismiss Investor Class Action Lawsuit Over Antitrust Scrutiny

Live Nation may have lied to investors by misattributing its success to the quality of its platform and services instead of allegedly anticompetitive behavior, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge Kenly Kato, in an order issued on Monday declining to dismiss a proposed class action lawsuit, found that the ticket giant may have […]

‘The Mandalorian’ Movie Nabs $21M In Tax Credits to Shoot In California As Disney Claims Most Incentives

The number of feature films receiving tax credits to shoot in California are on the rise, with some productions spending big bucks to nab major incentives along the way. Led by The Mandalorian & Grogu, five studio projects were selected to participate in California’s Film and TV tax credit program, the state’s film office announced […]

AI’s New Job? All-Purpose Hollywood Crewmember

Picture this: In a future not too far away, HBO is mulling whether to greenlight a new Game of Thrones spinoff but is on the fence about the project. So instead of dumping tens of millions of dollars to shoot a pilot it might wind up passing on, it uses a generative artificial intelligence system […]

Nigel Lythgoe Hit With New Sexual Assault Lawsuit

A new sexual assault lawsuit has been filed against Nigel Lythgoe, this time by an unidentified woman who claims the former American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance producer forcibly touched her in 2016. The suit, filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court, is the latest against Lythgoe accusing him of sexual misconduct and abuse. After Paula […]

ABC to Face Trial Over ‘General Hospital’ Firings Tied to COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates

ABC must face religious discrimination claims from two former General Hospital crewmembers who sued the network after they were fired for refusing the COVID-19 vaccination, marking one of the first rulings to clear the way for trial over terminations caused by blanket vaccine mandates widely imposed by studios amid the pandemic. A Los Angeles judge, […]

FuboTV Files $1B Lawsuit Seeking to Block Disney, Warners and Fox Sports Streaming Platform

The media giants teaming up on a new platform that will pool together sports streaming rights are facing an antitrust lawsuit from rival sports streamer Fubo, which alleges that it’s being forced to carry dozens of pricey, nonsports channels as a condition of licensing sports rights from the companies in a scheme to stifle competition. […]

Jimmy Iovine Accuser Drops Sexual Assault Lawsuit

An unidentified woman who sued Jimmy Iovine for sexual assault and battery has dropped her lawsuit against the Interscope Records cofounder. A lawyer representing the accuser notified the court on Thursday that the case is “discontinued in its entirety with prejudice,” meaning it cannot be refiled. It is unknown if a settlement was reached. In […]

Activision Hit With $100M Lawsuit From Pro Gamers Over Claims It Monopolized ‘Call of Duty’ Tournaments

Activision Blizzard is facing a lawsuit accusing it of monopolizing the market for Call of Duty leagues and tournaments. Professional gamers Hector “H3cz” Rodriguez and Seth “Scump” Abner, in a lawsuit filed on Thursday in California federal court, allege that the gaming giant violates antitrust laws by preventing “would-be competitors from entering the market” and […]