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Thirteen media companies file friend-of-court brief for ‘Crude’ director

NBC Universal, the Directors Guild of America, HBO and The New York Times, among others are concerned that journalist privilege and the work of the media companies are in jeopardy if Judge Lewis A. Kaplan's decision concerning Joe Berlinger's footage from Crude goes through.
June 3, 2010

NBC Universal, the Directors Guild of America, HBO and The New York Times, among others are concerned that journalist privilege and the work of the media companies are in jeopardy if Judge Lewis A. Kaplan’s decision concerning Joe Berlinger’s footage from Crude goes through. Kaplan ruled that oil company Chevron could subpoena Berlinger to hand over more than 600 hours of footage from the film. The energy company is embroiled in a legal battle with representatives for indigenous Ecuadorians who allege that Texaco (now owned by Chevron) polluted their water, and maintains there is material within the footage that is relevant to its case. Thirteen media companies have filed a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of Berlinger.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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