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Los Angeles Times Wins Dispute with Photographer

After an 18-month dispute with photographer David Strick, the Los Angeles Times was awarded $266,000 by an arbitrator  according to court documents obtained by The Wrap:

The case was decided in June, when retired judge Peter D. Lichtman, the arbitrator in the matter, dismissed Strick’s claims.

“Judge Lichtman properly found that the Times was entitled to recover the substantial cost it incurred in defending against Mr. Strick’s meritless lawsuit, and recognized that the conduct of Mr. Strick’s counsel contributed to the high cost of this litigation,” Kelli Sager, who represented the paper in the matter, told TheWrap in a statement. Read more

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Disgruntled Freelance Photographer Sues LA Times

Earlier this week, TheWrap’s Brent Lang had an item that was a bit of a stretch. Using vague, unattributed sources, he insinuated that LA Times columnist Tim Rutten might have been recently laid off because of mistakes made on the job (a charge Rutten gently denied).

This time around on the LA Times beat, Lang is on much more solid exclusive footing. He has the skinny on an ugly bit of litigation filed against the newspaper in May by entertainment biz photographer David Strick, who freelanced for the paper up until 2010 and now works with the Hollywood Reporter. The artist is not buying the LA Times argument that he surrendered ownership of his work by uploading it to the company’s content management system (CMS):

Strick does not set a figure for the damages he believes he’s owed, but he alleges that the Tribune Company and its television stations and various papers have published at least 174 of his photos illegally. He cites at least 510 violations of his copyrights.

Ed Greenberg, an attorney for the photographer, told TheWrap that each infringement could come with an award for as much as $150,000.

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What’s Going On at LAT Arts & Entertainment Section?

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As those who cover the newspaper industry, we don’t flinch when journos lose jobs anymore. It’s barely a story. Layoffs have been the norm for the past two years or more. But it seems like LAT is losing more journos in its Arts & Entertainment section than other sections. And the reporters and editors in that section are quitting. That’s news.

In the last year they have lost Kate Aurthur to Daily Beast, Joseph Kapsch to Zap2it, Denise Martin to TVGuide, Richard Rushfield to Gawker, Tim Swanson to teaching, Rachel Abromwitz to a TV show, blogger Elizabeth Snead to Zap2it and this week it’s Matea Gold. We also heard that photographer David Strick‘s contract was not renewed.

What’s going on over there? “People are fleeing since Sallie Hofmeister took over,” a former reporter said to us.

Which isn’t conclusive really. It’s someone who hates their former boss. So we made a list. That’s a lot of people leaving in a short amount of time. And then we asked around.

Another Entertainment Section vet wrote us, “I’d say that the coverage has been going in the wrong direction since Sallie took over — she cares only about the business of entertainment, not the content of it. She has disdain for the web, and no understanding of it, but insisted on taking it over anyway. Sadly, I never hear of anyone happy there.”

This isn’t good. This is the equivalent to the Washington Post having debilitating problems covering Congress. This is Los Angeles. It’s the “Entertainment Capital of the World” and the Los Angeles Times’ Entertainment section is this dysfunctional? Not good.

LAT Launches Hollywood Backlot

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From our Tip Jar:

Blogging friends and comrades,

Just wanted to give you a heads up that today we launched a pretty cool new mini-site called Hollywood Backlot. Check out exclusive, behind the scenes photos from upcoming films and TV shows at latimes.com/HollywoodBacklot. Hopefully Hollywood Backlot will become a weekly destination for film fans and media to get the scoop on upcoming features, with a behind-the-scenes view of life on set.

Each Monday from here forward, we will launch a new gallery containing never before seen candid set photos, taken by veteran Hollywood photographer David Strick, with a new movie, commercial or show featured each week. New shots from Strick’s current set visits will be featured alongside his full photo gallery and keyword searchable archive of 500+ exclusive images.

Starting off with a bang, Hollywood Backlot launches today with exclusive photos of one of the year’s most buzzed about releases: the vampire/teen flick Twilight! Based on the hugely popular bestselling books, and directed by Catherine Hardwicke, the exclusive set photos will be the first in a line of weekly galleries, highlighting the backstage, backlot world of Hollywood.

So drop on by and take a look at the full Twilight gallery, or browse through the archives for some classic behind-the-scenes set photos.

And please share your thoughts, concerns or questions about this new feature. Would love to hear any reaction you have.

Very best,

Richard Rushfield