One of the great things about being in the entertainment business is the multitude of innovative ways people think of to rip you off. A good example is Robert Kardashian, late attorney for O.J. Simpson. His ex-wife and children now have gained notoriety as a result of their stupid television show “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” produced by Ryan Seacrest, now in its third season on E! Entertainment Television.
Kardashian had started a company that licensed music to movie theaters to play before and after shows. Hard to believe this was a viable business, but that’s what he was doing. It implicates several different rights streams, which Kardashian basically was ignoring. As a result he had incurred significant liabilities to music publishers and record companies.
He called me up one day and asked me to come over to his home office in Encino to ask me what he should do. I gave him the requisite advice, helped him negotiate settlements, and acquire the appropriate licenses. He was avuncular and affable. He had a sense of entitlement. As he reminded me on several occasions, it was my privilege as a trained professional to work with him in all of his weird glory.
He paid me with a check that bounced.