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Relativity, Netflix Lock Horns in Protracted Hearing Over ‘Masterminds’ Release

19 May 2016 3:04 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The legal confrontation between Relativity Studios and Netflix entered into a protracted and contentious phase May 19, in an afternoon-long hearing that saw Netflix push for the right to stream two Relativity titles prior to their theatrical releases.

The wrangling over “Masterminds” and “The Disappointments Room” encompassed some tough exchanges. Attorneys for Netflix, led by Scott McNutt and Stephen R. Mick, took an aggressive stance from the beginning, with an opening statement that raised the question of whether the proceedings even belonged in bankruptcy court or, as lawyers for Netflix argued, in binding arbitration.

Judge Michael Wiles batted back, saying he wanted to hear the evidence before deciding whether to kick the matter into arbitration — and mentioning as well that suggestions had been made to him that Netflix was taking its current position at the hearing “in bad faith.”

The three-and-a-half-hour session on Thursday afternoon heard the testimony of only one »

- Gordon Cox

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