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Virtual Legality Episode 85

Failure is a Ladder: How Corporate Structure Explains Benioff and Weiss' $200M Payday

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Given the reception to the final season of Game of Thrones from many corners of the Internet (including this one), the announcement that Netflix had paid to the duo of David Benioff and D.B. Weiss at least $200M for their services came as a surprise to many.

But what does the deal really mean?

And how can our understanding of how corporations are structured help us understand why deals like this happen?

CHECK OUT OUR GAME OF THRONES POSTMORTEMS AT:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ys-h8vDNOPU&list=PL1zDCgJzZUy8m_A7qmhSf3S8cTLEXXdPC

#GameofThrones #Benioff #Weiss


Discussed in this episode:

"In a blow to HBO..."
Tweet - August 8, 2019 - New York Times (@nytimes)
(https://twitter.com/nytimes/status/1159539803236511750)

Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode List
IMDB
(https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0944947/episodes?season=8&ref_=tt_eps_sn_8)

"Game of Thrones" creators coming to Netflix"
CBS News - August 8, 2019 - Sarah Min
(https://www.cbsnews.com/news/game-of-thrones-creators-coming-to-netflix-in-reported-200-million-deal/)

"Netflix Wins Overall Film, TV Deal For ‘Game Of Thrones’ Creators David Benioff & D.B. Weiss"
Deadline - August 7, 2019 - Mike Fleming Jr.
(https://deadline.com/2019/08/game-of-thrones-creators-netflix-overall-deal-david-benioff-d-b-weiss-1202663930/)

Netflix Corporate Org Chart
The Org
(https://theorg.com/org/netflix)

The Leftovers Season 3 Episode List
IMDB
(https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2699128/episodes?season=3&ref_=ttep_ep_sn_nx)

Lost Season 6 Episode List
IMDB
(https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0411008/episodes)

"‘Game of Thrones’ Breaks Emmys Record for Most Nominations in a Single Season"
Variety - July 16, 2019 - Alex Stedman
(https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/game-of-thrones-emmy-nominations-record-1203268760/)

"Confederate" television series appears to be shelved"
AJC - February 7, 2018 - Jennifer Brett
(https://www.ajc.com/blog/buzz/confederate-television-series-appears-shelved/aDxUHQDOnF0ZCaMaQQWsFM/)

"Controversial HBO Series ‘Confederate’ Unlikely After David Benioff & D.B. Weiss’ Commit To New ‘Star Wars’ Movies"
Deadline - February 6, 2018 - Nellie Andreeva
(https://deadline.com/2018/02/confederate-hbo-series-doubt-david-benioff-db-weiss-commitment-disneys-star-wars-movies-1202279608/)


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"Virtual Legality" is a continuing series discussing the law, video games, software, and everything digital, hosted by Richard Hoeg, of the Hoeg Law Business Law Firm (Hoeg Law).

Rick has practiced for more than a decade at some of the country's largest law firms, representing IT, software, video game, and other technology companies, as well as the individuals and institutions which fund them.

DISCUSSION IS PROVIDED FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND IS NOT TO BE CONSTRUED AS LEGAL ADVICE. INDIVIDUALS INTERESTED IN THE LEGAL TOPICS DISCUSSED IN THIS VIDEO SHOULD CONSULT WITH THEIR OWN COUNSEL.

Any and all feedback is appreciated. Let us know what you think!


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On "Help Us Out Hoeg!" a regular segment on the Easy Allies Podcast (formerly GameTrailers)
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The Hoeg Law Firm is a business law firm with big law experience and a small firm approach focusing on start-ups, technology, financing, and everything else a business might need.


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