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It is rare that a hit network television series is cancelled, as recently occurred with the ABC series Roseanne. But when that happens, the immediate and long-term implications for the network, producers, talent and other entities related to the series can be significant. The network will lose advertising revenues and the promotional value of the series, and the production company, talent and others performing services in connection with the series may lose guaranteed, and in some cases contingent, compensation in connection with the series. The cancellation of Roseanne [following a controversial tweet by the lead actress about a former adviser to President Obama] and the ordering of the Roseanne-Barr-less offshoot series The Conners not only is interesting from a creative and cultural perspective, but also provides a lens to view aspects of various arrangements in the television series business.
By Stan Soocher
This article is Part One of a two-part article. Part Two will appear in our March 2020 issue.
This article examines the Copyright Directive and music-industry structure issues through the lens of Sweden, which has both a robust music business and a strong technology sector, two divergent perspectives in the development of the directive.
By Max Mitchell
A former Philadelphia police officer has alleged she was defamed in an episode of Free Meek, the documentary series that was made available on Amazon Prime last year.
By Sue Reisinger
Two Major League Baseball in-house lawyers, both former prosecutors, led the investigation into the Houston Astros cheating scandal.
By Greg Land and Katheryn Hayes Tucker
A Gwinnett County, GA, jury awarded $8.6 million to the family of a stuntman killed during the production of a Walking Dead TV-series episode in 2017.