July 3, 2018
True crime has taken over many a television network, with increasing interest and ratings in the last several years. But as RPJ Associate Allison (“Ally”) M. Grein illustrates in her recent article, “The Trouble with True Crime,” it is very easy for production companies to incur liability if they miss necessary protective steps along the way. Published in the May/June print issue of Realscreen magazine, a nonfiction film and television industry publication, Ms. Grein’s article outlines the top ten pitfalls to avoid when producing true crime series today.
“Since the debut of the addictive Serial podcast in 2014, the true crime genre has exploded over the past few years. […] Still, increased opportunities for production companies to create in-demand content in a well established market such as this also come with increased exposure to legal liability, unless prodcos proceed with caution.” Read the full article here.
This article is intended only as a general discussion of these issues. It is not considered to be legal advice or relied upon. For more information regarding avoiding legal liability in nonfiction content productions, please contact Ms. Grein, who regularly counsels clients on entertainment, intellectual property and employment law matters.