Better Call Paul

Better Call Paul

Hosted by former Marvel entertainment lawyer Paul Sarker and entertainment enthusiast Mesh Lakhani, Better Call Paul will delve into the business and legal issues at play behind the glitz and glam. This show takes you beyond the catchy headlines to find out what’s really at play behind the scenes and gives you an introduction to the business side of show business.

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December 7, 2022 35 min
Paul and Mesh recap the unfortunate swathe of layoffs impacting the media industry. They then dive into Balenciaga’s recent PR nightmare which caused even Kim Kardashian to re-evaluate her relationship with the brand and Paul assesses the legal options Balenciaga may have against its production company (if any). Finally, Paul and Mesh discuss the most recent Ticketmaster controversy involving the Swifties and whether an upcoming co...
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Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! To start, Paul and Mesh discuss the recent lawsuit against Drake and 21 Savage by Vogue. They then dive into the performance of She Said- based on the sexual allegations of Harvey Weinstein and current box office trends. Finally, the show ends with a deep dive on Disney, the return of Bob Iger, and what it means for the future of the company.  Follow us on: Instagram: @bettercallpaulthepo...
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November 23, 2022 19 sec
We're taking a break this week for Thanksgiving but we'll be back next week. Have a great Thanksgiving! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Paul and Mesh celebrate the success of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever's 180M opening and Bad Bunny being Apple Music’s Artist of the Year. They then discuss California's emphatic rejection of proposals which would have legalized sports betting. Paul then breaks down the SEC’s district court win over crypto-company LBRY in which LBRY’s coin was found to be a security and its potential implications for crypto regulation more ...
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Paul and Mesh start the show discussing the success of the crowdfunded horror movie, Terrifier 2, and other upcoming theatrical releases. They then talk about the death of Takeoff, the former Migos member who was murdered in Houston. Finally, Paul breaks down two new sports content deals: the NBA’s exploring an exclusive package of games for a streaming partner and the Big 12’s $2B+ rights deal with ESPN and Fox.  Learn more ab...
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November 2, 2022 36 min
Paul and Mesh kick things off with a discussion of trending topics: Taylor Swift’s record-setting new album, Midnights; DC Studio’s next savior James Gunn; recently appointed UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak; and Britney Griner’s appeal. They then go on to discuss Robert Sarver, owner of the Phoenix Suns, and how he’s looking to sell his stake. Finally, Paul breaks down the latest drama in the world of chess, a defamation case between...
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Paul and Mesh discuss the Rock's DC film universe debut with Black Adam and some management changes at DC. They recap BTS's decision to perform their required Korean military service. They then discuss the market’s optimism regarding Netflix among other industry trends (G4 TV shutting down, again). Finally, Paul dives into the recent Supreme Court case where they will determine if Andy Warhol’s Prince silk screen was “trans...
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Paul interviews Tawfiq Rangwala, Milbank partner and former board member of WE Charity, regarding his #1 best-selling book, What We Lost. During 2020 and 2021, the WE Charity scandal was Canada's second-largest story behind the COVID pandemic. WE Charity was devoted to inspiring youth to make the world a better place and attracted the support of celebrities, politicians and thousands more people worldwide, including Justin Trud...
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Paul and Mesh discuss chatter around Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen's potential divorce, and why lawyers would be hired at this stage. They then discuss Ed Sheeran's latest legal troubles with his song "Thinking Out Loud" and it's similarities with Marvin Gaye's "Get it On." Finally, Paul discusses the signing of a bill by Gavin Newsom to limit the use of hip hop lyrics in criminal trials. Follow Us O...
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Marvel teases that Hugh Jackman will reprise his role as Wolverine. . . but as Mesh points out, not for 2 more years! Paul updates us on Cineworld’s Chapter 11 process amidst a historically slow month for theatrical box office. Finally, Paul and Mesh discuss America’s fastest-growing sport, Pickleball, and the latest updates in name, image and likeness deals for student-athletes. IG: @bettercallpaulthepodcast Twitter: @mesh...
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Mesh and Paul laud Tom Hardy’s Brazilian Jiu Jitsu chops; he recently entered (and won) three tournaments to benefit his charity, REORG. They then dive into the Rockstar Games leak where confidential footage and source code from the highly-anticipated GTA 6 was posted online. Finally, Paul and Mesh reflect on Serial, Adnan Syed’s release, and the legal considerations which caused prosecutors to vacate his conviction. Learn more abo...
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Paul and Mesh celebrate Roger Federer’s incredible career. They break down Billboard’s top earning music industry execs. Paul shares stories from his trip to TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) while Mesh highlights the best of the Emmy’s. Finally, Paul breaks down why Hulu is such an attractive business, the agreement between Disney and Comcast, and the potential financial outcomes in 2024. Learn more about your ad choices....
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Paul and Mesh pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II. They discuss DC’s quest to find the right studio head. Paul explains why the legal framework around sports gambling and fantasy sports has evolved and allowed fantasy sports to grow into a $20B+ annual business. Finally, Paul and Mesh chat about Cineworld, the second-largest theatre operator in the world, its bankruptcy, and potential implications for the movie business.  ...
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Paul and Mesh discuss Serena Williams's amazing tennis career and her upcoming new act as a VC. They then dive into the drama behind Olivia Wilide's Don't Worry Darling -Shia LaBeouf's departure from the movie and other tension between the cast. The film recently premiered at the Venice International Film Festival. Paul discusses the latest on the Top Gun: Maverick lawsuit between Paramount and the family that creat...
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Paul and Mesh banter about HBO's House of Dragons premiere, Matt Reeve's greenlit Batman Universe and Bad Bunny's NYC/VMA takeover. They then dive into the main topic- Bareclona Football Club's financial struggles, as they leverage their assets in order to raise more money for fresh players and a new stadium. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Paul kicks off the episode by sharing his favorite "law" show as Marvel launches their new legal comedy- She-Hulk. Paul and Mesh then do a deep dive into the state of South Asia's booming entertainment industry- from multibillion-dollar cricket rights to South Asian/Hollywood crossovers to Netflix's investment in India as they break records with the release of "RRR." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit m...
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August 17, 2022 37 min
Paul and Mesh recount the epic Rage Against The Machine concert at MSG and discuss Disney’s streaming services surpassing Netflix in total subscribers (with a nod to Hulu's success with its latest Predator installment, Prey). Paul and Mesh also delve into Anne Heche's unfortunate passing and its potential legal implications. Paul honors leading entertainment lawyer, Bert Fields, and his impact on Hollywood. Follow us on Soc...
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August 10, 2022 40 min
Paul and Mesh share updates on the LIV Golf Tournament and their attempt to sign Tiger Woods with $700M. What's the latest with Britney Grimer and her nine year Russian sentence? Paul explains the sexual allegations against Deshaun Jackson and what it means for his contract and what actions the NFL should take. Paul and Mesh dive in on Warner Brothers Discovery shelving of Batgirl and the production cuts at HBO Max. Learn more ...
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Paul and Mesh discuss Jordan Peele's Nope and the new Black Panther trailer. Paul explains why music festivals try streaming with the Lollapalooza and Hulu deal. Paul dives into the launch of NFL+ and how it makes the organization even bigger from a content standpoint and how they're working with their existing distributors. Bonus: Kyle Murray's contract dispute. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/...
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July 27, 2022 32 min
Paul and Mesh discuss exciting news around Comic Con 2022 and what it means for the entertainment industry. Paul shares a story about hanging out with Jordan Peele at a previous Comic Con. Kate Bush hits 100M views on Youtube for her hit song "Running Up a Hill" which was featured in Season 4 of Stranger Things. Netflix earnings may be a turning point for the company, even amongst the increased competition. Learn more abou...
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