Month: September 2019

Seinfeld wins Comedians in Cars lawsuit due to statute of limitations

U.S. District Judge Alison J. Nathan dismissed a lawsuit today by director Christian Charles against Jerry Seinfeld, arguing that Charles’s claims against Seinfeld over the copyright for Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee were filed too late. “Because Charles was on notice that his ownership claim had been repudiated since at least 2012, his infringement claim is time-barred,” Nathan wrote in her decision, adding: “His joint authorship claim is also time-barred for the same reasons.” “Jerry created Comedians in Cars and this lawsuit was nothing but a money-grab seeking to capitalize on the success of the show,” said Seinfeld’s attorney,...

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Here’s the writing staff for season 45 of Saturday Night Live

Saturday Night Live kicked off season 45 last night, and while much of the news coming into the season premiere dealt with the comings and goings of cast members, there’s also some movement among the writing staff to report. The guys from BriTANick (Brian McElhaney and Nick Kocher) have left after two years, off to Los Angeles. It appears as though Katie Rich has left the writing staff, too. Julio Torres had told me over the summer that he would continue to write for SNL, but only when he’s not otherwise preoccupied with writing the HBO series he stars in, Los...

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WarnerMedia makes first deal for comedy specials coming to HBO Max in 2020

In case you’re wondering how the influx of new streaming platforms coming our way in the next six months is going to impact the digital comedy boom, well, here’s your first hint at what’s to come over at WarnerMedia and HBO Max. At Thursday’s L’ATTITUDE conference in San Diego, WarnerMedia announced a first-look deal with New Cadence Productions that will result in at least one new stand-up comedy special for HBO Max. New Cadence (NCP) will produce Latinx comedy coming out of the new HA Comedy Festival in San Antonio — though the festival doesn’t have a web presence...

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