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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.

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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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