John V. Berlinski and Kimberly A. Meyer Co-Author “Is the Curtain Closing on TV Profit Participation Litigation?”
Kasowitz Benson Torres lawyers John V. Berlinski and Kimberly A. Meyer have co-authored “Is the Curtain Closing on TV Profit Participation Litigation?” published in the Daily Journal. In the article, Mr. Berlinski and Ms. Meyer discuss how studios have historically tried to prevent talent from fully sharing in the proceeds (profit participations) from movies and television series. They also discuss the studios’ latest effort to structure backend deals by replacing profit participation with a series bonus to reduce litigation risk in response to Kasowitz’s landmark arbitration award—the largest ever in a profit participation dispute—for the stars of the hit TV show “Bones” and advise on how talent can retain the traditional profit participation interest.
John V. Berlinski, partner and Chair of Kasowitz’s Entertainment Practice Group, represents actors, directors, television, film, and music producers and talent agencies in their most significant disputes, providing pre-litigation advice in profit participation audits, negotiating audit settlements, and litigating profit participation claims. He has been recognized by The Hollywood Reporter on its “Power Lawyers 2020: Hollywood’s Top 100 Attorneys” list and was named in Variety’s 2019 “Legal Impact Report.”
Kimberly A. Meyer, an associate at Kasowitz Benson Torres, represents television and theatrical talent, providing pre-litigation advice in connection with profit participation audits, negotiating audit settlements, and litigating profit participation claims.