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Axanar Is Many Things, But Not Transparent

Fan-film producers owe its donors a full and complete financial audit

While Winston & Strawn attorney Erin Ranahan has media outlets — and, she hopes, a judge — jumping through hoops trying to compare Mr. Spock to Nosferatu, a much bigger question looms. A question that seems to get bigger and bigger as both sides rack up legal costs, and the thought of there being a fan-film called “Star Trek: Axanar” becomes more and more unrealistic. Where has all the money gone? Just before CBS Corp. and Paramount Pictures …
 | Apr-1-2016 | 
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Lawsuit-Plagued Axanar Looking For Private Investors

Says it’s spinning off $250,000 studio space liability

A group of “independent” fan-film producers in the middle of a copyright infringement lawsuit from two major studios is poised to give up its own California studio space. Alec Peters, a named defendant in the lawsuit from CBS Corp. and Paramount Pictures Inc., told supporters on the “Star Trek: Axanar” website Wednesday plans are afloat to more or less spin off that converted office space to what he calls a “small group of backers and fans.” “The cost of converting t …
 | Mar-17-2016 | 
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Has ‘Axanar’ Soundstage Rebranded To Valkyrie Studios?

Flyers were reportedly distributed last week touting new name

Axanar Productions promoted its makeshift warehouse as “Ares Studios,” but it seems the lawsuit-plagued company is now marketing the converted soundstage as “Valkyrie Studios.” Flyers promoting not just the name but the studio space itself were reportedly distributed at the Sci-Fest L.A. film festival last week, according to a report by AxaMonitor. An image of the flyer was shared on a social media page run by an Axanar crewmember, seeking film groups that might be interested in renting out the space. “Whether you’re looki …
 | May-14-2016 | 
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Diary Of How CBS Halted Another Trek Fan Production

Tommy Kraft details what happened on ‘Federation Rising,’ and it might be a bit surprising

Anyone who talked to Tommy Kraft in February heard the same thing: He’s finishing and releasing his fan-film, “Star Trek: Horizon,” and then he’s done with Trek fan-films. Who could blame him? Kraft’s valentine to “Star Trek: Enterprise” was an arduous undertaken he did for less than $50,000, and some three years of his own blood, sweat and tears to get the film out. But since releasing “Horizon” on YouTube at the end of February, the fan-film has topped 1 million views. And those who watched it wanted t …
 | Apr-27-2016 | 
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Axanar Won’t Back Down From Dismissal Motion

PLUS: Did Axanar claim it was ‘officially sanctioned’?

With a hearing just two weeks away, the attorney representing the fan-film “Star Trek: Axanar” filed paperwork with the court Monday that reinforces its position that the two studios who own the copyright to Star Trek have failed to make an infringement claim against her client. Erin Ranahan, a pro bono attorney with Winston & Strawn, defended her motion to dismiss she filed a month ago, arguing that CBS and Paramount have no standing to make the copyright claims, th …
 | Apr-26-2016 | 
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Peters: Axanar Operates As A Non-Profit

PLUS: Don’t ask any questions about the need to raise additional $740K

The self-imposed radio silence from Axanar Productions has ended after Alec Peters followed up his Feb. 1 interview at 1701News with a “live” discussion on Australia’s Trekzone video podcast. The questions, however, weren’t exactly what he had hoped for. Matthew Miller peppered the Axanar producer with questions about not only the fan-film production, but the financial aspects of the project as well in the sometimes heated 30- …
 | Apr-4-2016 | 
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CBS/Paramount File Amended, Detailed Complaint Against Axanar

Studios highlight the copyrights they own, and how they believe fan film violated them

Ask and you shall receive. Just three weeks after the attorney representing the fan production “Star Trek: Axanar” said the copyright infringement suit filed by CBS Corp. and Paramount Pictures was not detailed enough, lawyers for the two studios filed an amended complaint Friday detailing “Axanar’s” alleged infractions against their Star Trek copyrights. Loeb & Loeb attorney David Grossman used more than 40 pages outlining specific copyright violations CBS/Paramount have accused both Axanar Productions Inc. and its main principal, Alec Peters, complete with photo compariso …
 | Mar-12-2016 | 
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