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CBS, Paramount Release Much-Anticipated Fan-Film Guidelines

Studios say it will return productions ‘back to their roots’

In the wake of its copyright infringement lawsuit against an “independent” fan-film, CBS Corp. and Paramount Pictures for the first time have released fan-film guidelines. And they are expected to drastically change how fan-films move forward. “Your support, enthusiasm and passion are the reasons that Star Trek has flourished for five decades, and will continue long into the future,” the studios said in a statement at StarTrek.com. “You are the reason the original …
 | Jun-23-2016 | 
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Axanar Director: We’re Trying To Reach A Settlement

Robert Meyer Burnett wants studios to let them finish film, then take it for free

There seems to be little motivation from CBS Corp. and Paramount Pictures to settle its copyright infringement lawsuit against an “independent” Star Trek fan-film production, but the director in charge of that production thinks he has a win-win settlement. “Let us make the movie,” Robert Meyer Burnett, the director of “Star Trek: Axanar,” said “We will give it to you when we’re done, and you can have it for free. And if you like it, you can put it on your streaming service.” Burnett was a guest last week on the podcast “Blind Panels,” a somewhat weekly show produced by Comi …
 | Apr-2-2016 | 
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‘Axanar’ Script Leak Reveals Early Concept Of Trek Story

Sued production claims reporting is part of a ‘personal vendetta’

Robert Meyer Burnett called it the “best Star Trek script ever,” at least according to one of its credited writers, Alec Peters. No, we’re not talking about the upcoming “Star Trek: Beyond” or the pilot episode of Star Trek: Series VI. Instead, Burnett was talking about the script for “Star Trek: Axanar,” what the crew itself calls an “independent” fan-film in the Star Trek universe. And one that is currently part of a high-profile copyright infringement suit filed by Star Trek intellectual property owners CBS Corp. and Paramount Pictures. But what is “Axanar”? If you ask …
 | Mar-3-2016 | 
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Are Expectations Too High In ‘Axanar’ Lawsuit Response?

With an answer due just days from now, Michael Hinman looks a what we might see

It’s been quiet on the Axanar front lately. And while many expect that will change next week when the legal team representing the Star Trek fan film files an answer in the copyright infringement suit from CBS Corp. and Paramount Pictures, they might come out of it a bit disappointed. Since CBS and Paramount sued the “Axanar” production as well as its main producer, Alec Peters, last December, the fan production has brought in pro bono representation from Winston & Strawn …
 | Feb-18-2016 | 
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Trek Community Celebrates Supreme Court Marriage Decision

Twitter came alive this week not just for ‘Star Trek 3,’ but for gay marriage too

Not wanting to be upstaged by the first week of filming of “Star Trek 3,” the U.S. Supreme Court decided to dominate the news cycle this past week with a couple of key rulings.While one was huge for the Obama administration and his legacy piece, the Affordable Care Act, the other had an impact on many other Americans.In a split 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court said states not allowing same-sex marriage was a violation of the 14th Amendment.It was a widely expected win, but still didn’t mute the jubilation celebrated by many in the LGBT community, and its supporters. That incl …
 | Jun-27-2015 | 
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‘Free Enterprise’ Series Explores Network Interest

EXCLUSIVE: Mark A. Altman talks about adapting the 1999 cult film for TV; Kickstarter effort poised to wrap

As its Kickstarter campaign prepares to wrap, the proposed “Free Enterprise” television series has caught the eye of several networks, according to writer-producer Mark A. Altman. The series will reimagine the 1999 cult film “Free Enterprise,” which celebrated geek culture and starred “Will & Grace” actor Eric McCormack, “Star Trek’s” William Shatner and Rafer Weigel. Robert Meyer Burnett (“Agent Cody Banks”) directed the film based on a script he co-wrote with Altman (“Castle”). Concluding Aug. 20, the Kickstarter effort is far from its $225,000 goal, but Altman still sees …
 | Aug-14-2014 | 
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Trekdom Celebrates Gay Marriage Supreme Court Ruling

George Takei, Zachary Quinto among those expressing pride

After months of waiting. the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down key provisions of two laws that had plagued gay civil rights proponents for many years. And the Star Trek community — where there is infinite diversity in infinite combinations — celebrated. “Today marks a watershed moment in history and a tremendous victory for the principle of equality,” actor George Takei from the original “Star Trek” series told his followers on Facebook. “The 5-4 decision by our Supreme Court striking down DOMA affirms the universality of love — the desire of all people not …
 | Jun-26-2013 | 
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Director: Axanar Makes It Impossible To Disagree

Bad decisions, blind loyalty, fear run fan-film, Christian Gossett reveals

Before there was a fancy warehouse studio constructed in the heart of the Los Angeles film community, Alec Peters had his sights set on something smaller. And yeah, it was probably a little too small. Peters — who along with his “independent” fan-film company Axanar Productions, are defendants in a copyright infringement suit from the studios that own Star Trek — had wanted to shoot his “Prelude to Axanar” short in a small city called Victorville, about 90 minutes northeast of Los Angeles. Peters had found an old linen warehouse here he felt would be perfect to film the short …
 | Jul-7-2016 | 
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Fan-Film Producers Finally Speak Out On Axanar Lawsuit

Tommy Kraft, James Cawley, Christian Gossett among those sharing tough love

Shocking observers, fans — and according to at least four different sources, the studios themselves — “Star Trek: Beyond” producer J.J. Abrams publicly inserted himself into a copyright infringement lawsuit Friday night declaring his support for the fan-film being sued. However, in an effort to defend fan-films, Abrams might have actually riled up many of those very fan-film communities not attached to “Star Trek: Axanar.” “There was a fan movie, ‘Axanar,’ that was getting made …
 | May-22-2016 | 
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