The unpaid internship is a well-established and pretty messed-up tradition in Hollywood. It’s also a crapshoot. What might look on paper like an opportunity to work under experienced professionals and hone your skills may turn out to be a summer of coffee runs and making close friends with copy machines. Exactly what constitutes an internship – and what justifies an unpaid internship – was the subject of a recent lawsuit between Fox Searchlight and two unpaid interns (Eric Glatt and Alexander Footman) who worked on the set of Darren Aronofsky’s critical and commercial darling Black Swan. As reported in The New York Times, the interns won in a ruling that has important implications for the future of unpaid Hollywood internships.
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