Friday, June 13, 2014

UCLA and Hollywood Interns

A wave of lawsuits has led some of the biggest Hollywood companies to end their long-standing practice of not paying interns. But there's a high-profile holdout in this labor controversy: the popular horror and comedy studio Lionsgate. The company, known for squeezing maximum profit out of smaller genre movies such as "Saw" and "Kick-Ass," is the only major film and television studio with an unpaid internship program. It's a practice, legal experts say, that could expose Lionsgate to a potential lawsuit...

UCLA is among the universities that have guided students to Lionsgate. The school's Career Center, a resource for students seeking internships, said the company's program conforms to UCLA's standards. The Career Center staff reviews internship opportunities to make sure they comply with the federal guidelines...

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