Better Call Paul

Better Call Paul

Better Call Paul

CATEGORY: Education
Hosted by former Marvel entertainment lawyer Paul Sarker and entertainment enthusiast Mesh Lakhani, Better Call Paul will delve into the business and legal issues at play behind the glitz and glam. This show takes you beyond the catchy headlines to find out what’s really at play behind the scenes and gives you an introduction to the business side of show business.
  1. July 13, 2022
    31 min
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    22. How WNBA Star Brittney Griner Unfortunately Became Putin’s Pawn
    Brittney Griner, one of the best basketball players on the planet has been detained in Russia for 5 months over a minor infraction. What will the U.S. do to bring her home and why has it taken so long? Plus we…
  2. July 05, 2022
    24 min
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    21. Cameron Diaz Comes Out of Retirement for Tom Brady
    Happy 4th week! Hope everyone stayed safe. Paul and Mesh do a light episode around Minion's box office hit, Cameron Diaz's big comeback, Star Wars, and some M&A updates.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit m…
  3. June 29, 2022
    39 min
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    20. PGA Tour's Fight with Saudi-backed LIV?
    The PGA Tour is adapting to the emergence of LIV, the new Saudi backed golf tour with a multi-billion-dollar bank account. As several prominent players defect from the PGA Tour for apparently greener pastures,…
  4. June 22, 2022
    37 min
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    19. Disney TV’s Shakeup and DNEG’s SPAC Attack
    Media companies are feeling the market volatility as consumer spending and advertising revenue are going down - where are they tightening their belts to compensate? How is this impacting mega-deal activity? Pet…
  5. June 15, 2022
    40 min
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    18. Paramount Sued Over Top Gun: Maverick and Netflix Eyes Roku
    The family of the original writer of Top Gun is suing Paramount for copyright infringement claiming they agreed to a sequel Do they have a case? Johnny Depp’s lawyer Camille Vasquez will appear in a new documen…
  6. June 08, 2022
    41 min
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    17. Johnny Depp's Verdict, Chelsea Football's New Owners and New VPN lawsuits
    Does Amber Heard have legitimate grounds for an appeal after losing the libel case against Johnny Depp? Can Hollywood heavyweights have a fair trial in the age of social media?  Hollywood studios are trying to…
  7. June 01, 2022
    36 min
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    16. Seth Green's Bored Ape NFT Stolen & Warren Buffett Invests $2.6B in Paramount
    This week on BCP we’ll discuss Ray Liotta’s untimely passing and our favorite films of his from over the years. Also, Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway invested $2.6B in Paramount. Known for buying undervalue…
  8. May 25, 2022
    39 min
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    15. Tom Cruise is Back with Top Gun: Maverick & Euphoria's Syndey Sweeny's Bikini Lawsuit
    The entertainment industry is covering their bases - Netflix hopes to further dominate things by introducing live streaming. And WarnerBrothers wants to be seen as the "fifth" US broadcast network. Then, we'll…
  9. May 18, 2022
    40 min
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    14. Kendrick Lamar’s Deepfake Video and the Financial Hit Coming for Covid Insurers (Or Not)
    Kanye, OJ, Will Smith, Kobe Bryant, Jesse Smollet: What do they have in common? Kendrick Lamar featured them all in his latest music video using deepfake technology. We’ll discuss the legality of that and wheth…
  10. May 11, 2022
    38 min
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    13. Justin Lin Walks Off Fast X Set & Dave Chapelle Attacked on Stage
    The box office is back with Dr. Strange: Multiverse of Madness raking in $190 million. The trickle down effects to the fully Disney Plus library is proving exponential. Also, Dave Chapelle was attacked during a…
  11. May 04, 2022
    32 min
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    How Disney Got Fox's X-Men Into Dr. Strange: Multitude of Madness & the MCU
    The future of Marvel. Our main topic this week is X-Men and Dr. Strange 2 and the immense IP crossover potential that exists between the Marvel Universe and Disney’s vast vault of characters. Paul gives a histo…
  12. April 27, 2022
    32 min
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    Johnny Depp vs Amber Heard: A Lawsuit Worth Watching
    A lot of drama in the streaming wars to discuss as Netflix’s stock plummets and CNN+ dissolves in a month. Also, Johnny Depp is suing Amber Heard, his ex-wife, for defamation after she accused him of domestic a…
  13. April 20, 2022
    31 min
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    More trouble in Brangelina’s (Château Miraval) Paradise
    What do Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, and a Russian Oligarch have in common? Château Miraval, the famed vineyard the couple owned together which has produced award-winning wine in recent years. Jolie reportedly cl…
  14. April 13, 2022
    42 min
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    Kanye Walks from Coachella & Ketanji Brown Jackson Makes History
    Kanye West walked away from $8.5M when he pulled out as a headliner at Coachella and has been replaced by Swedish House Mafia and The Weekend. What does this mean for ticket holders who purchased based on his p…
  15. April 06, 2022
    45 min
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    Marvel's Moon Knight Risk & Paulie Award Winners
    In honor of the conclusion of awards season, we are launching the first annual Paulies! Highlighting the best in box office performance and how that contributes to a studio’s bottom line, best streaming service…
  16. March 30, 2022
    46 min
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    NFL Scores with Enormous $113B TV Rights Deal (and some Will Smith Oscar Talk)
    This week on Better Call Paul, we discuss - the NFL signed long term agreements to distribute game coverage on TV, cable and digital platforms. It’s an unprecedented move to share rights across Amazon, CBS, ESP…
  17. March 23, 2022
    46 min
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    Bob Iger's Big Bet on the Metaverse
    Disney Executive Chairman Bob Iger has joined the board of Genies, a company that creates avatars to move through the metaverse. Celebrities have been promoting NFTs for a while now and are actively taking a bi…
  18. March 16, 2022
    45 min
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    Dua Lipa Sued Again for Copyright
    There’s been a constant stream of legal cases suing high profile artists: Dua Lipa has been sued TWICE by two separate groups for stealing the same song! Ed Sheeren has been accused for stealing parts of his 20…
  19. March 09, 2022
    41 min
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    Hollywood Unions vs Netflix Brass Ends in Cancellation
    Unions are a hot topic this week. Even though Hollywood is a heavily unionized industry, Netflix canceled Nailed It! Haloween, a popular show in its seventh season, after crew members decided to walk off the se…
  20. March 02, 2022
    37 min
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    The Russia/Ukraine War’s Surprising Impact On the Entertainment & Sports Industries
    The Champions League Final was moved from Russia to Paris as a show of solidarity against the Russian government, but what goes into such a decision? Big sporting events are a well-choreographed set of negotiat…

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