Filmmaking / Directing : The Pitch by Eldonie Mason

Eldonie Mason

The Pitch

Artist claims ideas stolen from pitch meetings. This illustrates the importance of protecting yourself with an agreement even at the pitch level. "Legendary, Warner Bros. Sued for Allegedly Stealing 'Kong: Skull Island' Story" http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/legendary-warner-bros-sued-alle...

Legendary, Warner Bros. Sued for Allegedly Stealing 'Kong: Skull Island' Story
Legendary, Warner Bros. Sued for Allegedly Stealing 'Kong: Skull Island' Story
Kong: Skull Island is set to be released next year - but now there's an 800-pound gorilla looming over the larger-than-life blockbuster. Artist Joe DeVito claims he created an entire Skull Island univ…
James Drago

Unfortunately, you can't protect an idea. I've been in plenty of development rooms and pitch meetings in Hollywood. For instance, I've been in rooms at studio meetings where for 8 hours writer after writer comes in to pitch their idea for a franchise script. These writers have been invited to pitch. Sometimes one writer gets the gig, sometimes another writer who wasn't in the room that day gets the job. But, often, bits and pieces from various writers who pitch find their way into the movie. Very hard to prove. In this case, however, there seems to be a more evident trail back to the origin meetings. Still a very high bar to clear to prove the case.

Nicholas Jordan

I no longer bother with all that stuff as any work that goes to a major has an entire staff whom does that correctly, so anything under $10 Million is not even decent joke at Studio City.

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