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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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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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