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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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DC Studios to Get New Production Batcave as Warner Bros. Plans Soundstage Expansion in Leavesden

Warner Bros. Discovery is doubling down on one of its key production hubs, which will serve as the primary home for DC Studios projects once the expansion is completed on the lot just outside of central London in Leavesden. Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden unveiled plans on Thursday to add 10 new soundstages and incorporate 400,000 […]

Lizzo Sued by Tour Stylist Over Hostile Work Environment Claim

Lizzo has been sued again for overseeing a hostile work environment, this time by a stylist who says she was subjected to a “culture of racism and bullying” while on tour with the artist. The lawsuit, which the firm representing plaintiffs said was filed Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court, accuses Lizzo and supervisors of […]

Indie Movie Producer Wonderfilm Sued Over Fraud Claim

Indie production shop Wonderfilm has been sued for fraud and breach of contract in a lawsuit accusing the company and its directors of swindling an investor — which was allegedly led to believe it was financing a Mel Gibson-led film only for the project to never get finished due to a lack of funds — […]

Top Authors Join Lawsuit Against OpenAI Over “Mass-Scale Copyright Infringement” of Novels

The leading trade group for authors has entered a legal battle against OpenAI over its human-mimicking chatbot in a case that could decide the legality of using copyrighted works to train AI systems. The Authors Guild — led by prominent fiction authors including George R.R. Martin, Jonathan Franzen and John Grisham — on Tuesday sued […]

Danny Masterson’s Wife, Bijou Phillips, Files for Divorce After 30-Year Rape Sentencing

Bijou Phillips has filed for divorce from Danny Masterson less than two weeks after the actor was sentenced to 30 years to life in prison for the rapes of two women in 2003. The filing, submitted Monday in Santa Barbara, caught many off guard since there was a stream of headlines following Masterson’s sentencing that […]

Nobu Malibu Sued Over Sexual Harassment Claim; Third Lawsuit at That Location Since 2019

Hollywood hotspot Nobu Malibu was sued Sept. 13 by a Jane Doe plaintiff who alleges hostesses are “subjected to an intense pattern and practice” of sexual misconduct from supervisors. According to a review of court documents by The Hollywood Reporter, the lawsuit contains similar claims as at least two others filed against the Malibu location […]

Stan Lee’s Estate Loses Yearslong Elder Abuse Lawsuit Against Former Attorney on a Technicality

A messy legal battle initiated by Stan Lee’s estate involving accusations of exploitation and elder abuse by the comic book legend’s inner circle has concluded, with an arbitrator siding with Lee’s former attorney that the lawsuit against him was brought too late. The five-year legal saga was sparked by The Hollywood Reporter’s investigation into Lee’s […]

Fox Shareholders Sue Board for Allegedly Embracing Election Falsehoods in Pursuit of Profits

Fox Corp.’s board of directors has been sued in a lawsuit accusing the company’s directors of adopting an illegal business model centered on chasing profits by intentionally broadcasting falsehoods about the 2020 presidential election. On Tuesday in the Delaware Court of Chancery, New York City’s pension funds filed a lawsuit arguing that Fox’s board members […]

Authors Sue Meta, OpenAI in Lawsuits Alleging Infringement of Hundreds of Thousands of Novels

Authors are escalating efforts to block artificial intelligence companies from using their copyrighted works to train artificial intelligence systems, this time taking aim at Meta and OpenAI in proposed class-action lawsuits. Michael Chabon and other decorated writers of books and screenplays sued Meta on Tuesday in California federal court, accusing the company of copyright infringement […]

After Danny Masterson Rape Conviction, ‘That ’70s Show’ Cast and Crew Asked Judge for Leniency

The judge overseeing Danny Masterson’s criminal case handed the actor the maximum allowable sentence, resisting calls from nearly 50 of his family, friends and colleagues to allow him to serve his prison term concurrently rather than consecutively. Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis, Kurtwood Smith, Debra Jo Rupp and David Trainer — all of whom worked alongside […]

Quentin Tarantino’s Final Film ‘The Movie Critic’ Nabs $20M In California Tax Credits

At least one blockbuster project headlines the titles selected to receive tax credits to shoot in California. The state’s film office on Friday said that California’s Film & TV tax credit program will welcome a trio of feature films, including Quentin Tarantino’s The Movie Critic, as well as a roster of 13 independent films. (No […]

Disney Drops Most Claims In Lawsuit Against Ron DeSantis Over Florida Special District

The Walt Disney Co. has narrowed a lawsuit against Ron DeSantis that will likely decide the fate of its authority to control development around its sprawling theme park, opting to focus solely on First Amendment claims. In a complaint filed on Thursday, Disney amended its suit to drop Contracts Clause, Takings Clause and Due Process […]