March 12th, 2014
Last June an interesting story broke regarding unpaid internships. The short is that two people who interned on the set of Black Swan (a major Hollywood production staring Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis) sued Fox Searchlight Pictures claiming they should have been paid. Bear in mind that this was after they had already agreed to and performed the work.
To our surprise, the two individuals actually won the case. Jad and Kevin discuss what it means for the courts to make a ruling like this. Would the two of be precluded from working for free if we chose to do so? If not, what would be the alternative if payment weren’t an option? If you’re curious, the case was eventually appealed and the original decision wound up being reversed; ultimately Fox came out the victor.