The Lord of the Rings & the Rescued Hobbit: Profit Participation Rights When Books Are Made Into Movies


During its monthly meeting on Monday, July 23, 2012, members of the OCBA Entertainment, Sports, & Marketing Law Section heard from one of the world’s premiere entertainment litigators, who sued New Line Cinema on behalf of the J.R.R. Tolkien estate, to rescue The Hobbit and its treasure-trove of profits, from unauthorized use and exploitation. Greenberg Glusker Partner Bonnie Eskenazi explained Hollywood profit-participation rights when books are turned into movies.




Section Chair Michael Baroni with Bonnie Eskenazi, "Entertainment Lawyer of the Year" who represented the J.R.R. Tolkien estate in its fight for profit participation.




Clip from Lord of the Rings - Return of the King.   Princess Eowyn (actress Miranda Otto)




Enshrouded in light as if he's basking in Galdalf's staff is Greg Phillips of Knobbe Martens.




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