William Briggs presents "Entertainment, Discrimination, and the First Amendment" at the 15th Annual Entertainment and Media Law Conference hosted by the Media Law Resource Center (MLRC)
With recent scandals shining a spotlight on Hollywood's casting practices, how much leeway do producers and other content creators have in hiring and termination decisions? Can they audition only old men for the role of a grumpy grandfather, and only young men for a happy-go-lucky fresh face? Can they fire an actress who, contrary to her character, gets pregnant? Can a producer protect a script-writer whose jokes in the writer’s room – or on social media – cross the line? Through a series of hypotheticals, this panel will explore the tension between the First Amendment and employment laws (including a pending California Supreme Court dispute), the applicability of anti-SLAPP laws, and advice for managing the public relations fires that can erupt in these cases.
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