Internships in the entertainment industry are extremely common. As a former intern myself, I can attest to most of the allegations set forth in the complaints against Fox Searchlight and Hearst.
The bottom line is that most entertainment companies, including studios, production companies, publishing houses, et al., use interns. However, under federal law an internship has strict compliance issues.
At this time, the Second Circuit will be deciding whether the aforementioned defendants violated federal employment law, which would have consequences on future entertainment hopefuls.
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- Overlook the Value of Interns at Great Peril (nytimes.com)
- Fox Searchlight Wins Appeal Rights In ‘Black Swan’ Intern Class Action (m.deadline.com)
- Condé Nast is Ending Its Internship Program (stylecaster.com)
- Fox’s entire internship program now under legal attack (nextlevelofnews.com)
- Should the Supreme Court Have Unpaid Interns? – Bloomberg (bloomberg.com)