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Netflix and Fox Square Off in High-Stakes Poaching Suit

Attorneys for Netflix and Fox traded arguments on Tuesday in a high-stakes case involving the alleged poaching of two Fox employees.

The case revolves around the key question of whether 20th Century Fox, or any studio, can hold its employees to fixed-term contracts. Two Fox employees, Marcos Waltenberg and Tara Flynn, left for jobs with the streaming giant in 2016. It is not uncommon for employees to leave before their contracts are up, but Fox chose to sue Netflix to combat what it saw as poaching. Netflix has countered that Fox’s contracts illegally bind employees to the company in a practice akin to slavery.
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Judge Leans Toward Allowing Netflix to Challenge Legality of Fox's Executive Deals

Judge Leans Toward Allowing Netflix to Challenge Legality of Fox's Executive Deals
Executive-poaching in Hollywood isn't a topic that often gets litigated, and a dispute between Fox and Netflix is primed to become even more provocative. In advance of a court hearing on Thursday, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge has issued a tentative order denying Fox's attempt to stop Netflix from boldly challenging fixed-term employment agreements.

The lawsuit began in September when Fox sued over Netflix's poaching of programming executive Tara Flynn and marketing executive Marcos Waltenberg. 

That brought counterclaims from Netflix over Fox's employment agreements. Netflix claims that Fox is bullying employees with "take it or leave it" deals...
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Judge Leans Toward Allowing Netflix to Challenge Legality of Fox's Executive Deals

Executive-poaching in Hollywood isn't a topic that often gets litigated, and a dispute between Fox and Netflix is primed to become even more interesting. In advance of a court hearing on Thursday, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge has issued a tentative order denying Fox's attempt to stop Netflix from boldly challenging fixed-term employment agreements.

The lawsuit began in September when Fox sued over Netflix's poaching of programming executive Tara Flynn and marketing executive Marcos Waltenberg. 

That brought counterclaims from Netflix over Fox's employment agreements. Netflix claims that Fox is bullying employees with "take it or leave it" deals...
See full article at The Hollywood Reporter - TV News »

Fox Strikes Back at Netflix's Attempt to Void Fixed-Term Employment Deals

Fox Strikes Back at Netflix's Attempt to Void Fixed-Term Employment Deals
Netflix is mounting what could be a groundbreaking challenge to fixed-term employment agreements.  Even 21st Century Fox acknowledges what Netflix is doing is "audacious." In a motion submitted in court on Wednesday, Fox is asking a judge to put a stop on Netflix's efforts to have its employment agreements deemed invalid. The content giant contends Netflix is impermissibly basing counterclaims premised on Fox's own lawsuit over the way two of its executives were poached. 

Fox filed suit in September with the allegation that Netflix had induced programming executive Tara Flynn and marketing executive Marcos Waltenberg to breach their contracts. The...
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Fox Strikes Back at Netflix's Attempt to Void Fixed-Term Employment Deals

Netflix is mounting what could be a groundbreaking challenge to fixed-term employment agreements.  Even 21st Century Fox acknowledges what Netflix is doing is "audacious." In a motion submitted in court on Wednesday, Fox is asking a judge to put a stop on Netflix's efforts to have its employment agreements deemed invalid. The content giant contends Netflix is impermissibly basing counterclaims premised on Fox's own lawsuit over the way two of its executives were poached. 

Fox filed suit in September with the allegation that Netflix had induced programming executive Tara Flynn and marketing executive Marcos Waltenberg to breach their contracts. The...
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Netflix's Poaching of Fox Employees Could Set New Legal Precedent

Netflix's Poaching of Fox Employees Could Set New Legal Precedent
"Did we just hire Roger Ailes?" That was a joke flying around Netflix's Beverly Hills offices Sept. 16 when 21st Century Fox filed a surprise lawsuit accusing the company of improperly poaching Fox employees. Many at Netflix were caught off guard by the suit, which blamed the streaming giant for inducing breaches of contract by Tara Flynn, a development executive at Fox 21 TV Studios who left for Netflix in early September, and Marcos Waltenberg, a Fox film marketing exec who defected earlier this year. Netflix, flush with its $40 billion market cap, has been on a hiring spree, and the

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Fox Sues Netflix for Poaching Employees

Fox Sues Netflix for Poaching Employees
21st Century Fox is accusing Netflix in a lawsuit of running a "brazen campaign to unlawfully target, recruit, and poach valuable Fox executives by illegally inducing them to break their employment contracts with Fox to work at Netflix." Fox is now seeking an injunction from a Los Angeles Superior Court judge that prohibits Netflix from interfering with its contracts with executives.  The lawsuit follows Netflix' hiring of programming executive Tara Flynn and marketing executive Marcos Waltenberg. According to the complaint, Flynn had an employment agreement with Fox that began in 2013, ran for two years, and gave Fox the

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Netflix Hires Fox 21’s Tara Flynn As Drama Series Executive

As its original portfolio continues to expand at a breakneck speed, Netflix has added another development executive to its Original Series team. Tara Flynn has joined the internet network where she will be working primarily on drama series, reporting to Peter Friedlander. (Netflix executives oversee both development and current series.) Flynn comes to Netflix from Fox 21 TV Studios where she was VP Creative Affairs. Her last day was Friday. Flynn was promoted to VP last…
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Two by Two (aka Ooops! Noah Is Gone…) movie review: global apocalypse, you know, for kids

This spectacularly ill-conceived movie is what happens when a cheap ripoff cannot even rise to the level of crass Hollywood junk. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

The story of Noah’s ark is rather bizarre in its original incarnation, but what this cheap European animated film does with it is almost beyond comprehension. And not in a good way.

Not everyone is gonna get a berth on the ark — ya gotta be on the list, like it’s a hot nightclub or something — and Nestrians Dave (the voice of Dermot Magennis) and his son, Finny (the voice of Callum Maloney), don’t rate. What the heck are Nestrians? Imagine stuffed carnival prizes designed by a kindergartner come to annoying life. (Finny, who has no fins, is constantly threatening to hug anyone who will stand still.
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Fox 21 Television Studios Promotes Creative Exec Tara Flynn

In one of the first exec moves at Fox 21 Television Studios, Tara Flynn has been upped to VP of creative affairs.

Flynn’s promotion comes on the heels of the merger of 20th Century Fox TV’s Fox 21 and Fox Television Studios production units. Flynn had worked closely with Fox 21 chief Bert Salke, who was tapped to lead the combined entity earlier this month.

The new post calls for Flynn to work with writers on comedy and drama development as well as oversee current series and nurture talent and ideas for new shows.

“I met Tara years ago when she was working in production on a pilot I was making,” said Salke. “Right away it was clear to me that she was a star, and she’s made each transition in her career seamlessly and with great results. She is a favorite of the talent we work
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