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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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Cannes Film Festival Launches Partnership With AFCI For Inaugural Summit

The Association of Film Commissioners International is heading to Cannes. For its 77th edition in May, the festival — in partnership with AFCI — will debut the Global Film Commission Network Summit. It’ll discuss “selecting locations for authentic storytelling, indigenous community engagement and dismantling location stereotypes,” among other things, AFCI said. Attendees will include film […]

Cinemark Sued For Allegedly Shorting Customers On Beverages

Shrinkflation has come for Cinemark, with a proposed class action accusing the movie theater chain of duping customers on concessions for its largest beverage container. The lawsuit, filed in Texas federal court on Tuesday, claims Cinemark’s 24-ounce cups aren’t true to size and can only be filled with a maximum of 22 ounces of liquid. […]

Los Angeles Film and TV Production Sees Sluggish Rebound From Strikes, but There’s Optimism

Filming in Los Angeles has been slow to bounce back after production in the region was decimated by Hollywood’s historic season of strikes. The main reason for the sluggish rebound: A double-digit drop in television shoots compared to the same period last year. Present levels look even worse over a five year period, with filming […]

Les Moonves’ Fine Upped to $15K Over Interference in LAPD Sexual Assault Probe

The Los Angeles Ethics Commission has approved a $15,000 settlement by the city with Les Moonves, the former president and CEO of CBS who conspired with a now-retired LAPD captain to prevent an explosive sexual assault allegation from going public. The settlement, passed Wednesday, represents the maximum amount Moonves could’ve been charged in an administrative […]

Universal Settles Lawsuit Claiming Studio Duped Ana de Armas Fans Into Watching ‘Yesterday’

A lawsuit between Universal and two men who rented Yesterday and accused the studio of tricking fans into watching the film by featuring Ana de Armas in trailers when she didn’t actually appear in the movie has settled. Attorneys for both sides on Friday informed the court of a settlement to resolve the case. Terms […]

Producer Sues Al Roker Over DEI Policy Failures

Al Roker and his production banner have been sued by Bill Schultz, a former executive producer on an animated kids TV series in development. Schultz (The Simpsons, King of The Hill, Garfield) claims he was fired for objecting to the company’s failure to follow a diversity initiative intended to bring minority writers onto PBS television […]

Online Audition Platform Hit With Class Action Lawsuit Over Alleged Pay-to-Play Tactics

Talent listing service Casting Networks is facing a proposed class action lawsuit accusing it of exploiting actors by charging them for opportunities to audition for roles. The complaint, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday, claims the pay-for-play model violates a California law aimed at protecting performers from predatory practices in Hollywood by prohibiting […]

‘Rust’ Armorer Sentenced to 18-Month Prison Term for Involuntary Manslaughter

Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the Rust armorer who loaded the live round into the gun Alec Baldwin was holding when it discharged and killed the film’s cinematographer, will serve 18 months in prison for involuntary manslaughter. The decision from Santa Fe judge Mary Sommer, delivered on Monday, comes after a jury found Gutierrez-Reed guilty, making her the […]

Studios Are Going After Piracy Again, Potentially Reigniting Fight Over Free Speech

In 2011, at the tail end of the golden age of digital piracy, Hollywood mobilized to crack down on copyright infringement through a pair of bills that would’ve restricted access to sites that host pirated content. The legislation was met with fierce opposition from Silicon Valley and online free speech advocates, who argued that it […]

Hollywood Labor Backs AI Transparency Bill That Could Offer Firepower to Creators

As generative artificial intelligence tools push into the entertainment industry, Hollywood is throwing its weight behind a bill that will require heightened transparency from AI companies. The legislation, introduced by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) on Tuesday, will require firms to disclose copyrighted works used to train generative AI systems. If the bill passes, OpenAI, for […]

Paramount Wins ‘Top Gun’ Copyright Lawsuit

Paramount has prevailed in a copyright lawsuit, brought by the heirs to the author of a 1983 magazine story that inspired the original Top Gun, accusing the studio of forging ahead with the blockbuster sequel without renegotiating a new license. U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson, in an order dismissing the case on Friday, found that […]

How Hollywood’s Most-Feared AI Video Tool Works — and What Filmmakers May Worry About

As generative artificial intelligence marches on the entertainment industry, Hollywood is taking stock of the tech and its potential to be incorporated into the filmmaking process. No tool has piqued the town’s interest more than OpenAI’s Sora, which was unveiled in February as capable of creating hyperrealistic clips in response to a text prompt of […]