Better Call Paul

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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.

Episode Date
42. DOJ Looking into Ticketmaster after Taylor Swift Debacle  
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 congressional antitrust investigation into Ticketmaster may benefit consumers.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 07, 2022
41. Disney Wars: Return of the Iger
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: @bettercallpaulthepodcast Twitter: @meshlakhani Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 30, 2022
Happy Thanksgiving!
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
Nov 23, 2022
40. SEC Crypto Crack Down & Black Panther 2's Successful Opening
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 broadly. Instagram: @bettercallpaulthepodcast Twitter: @meshlakhani Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 16, 2022
39. Another Rapper Tragically Lost- Migos’s Takeoff 
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 about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 09, 2022
38. James Gunn- DC’s Promised Prince
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 Hans Neimann and reigning world chess champion Magnus Carlsen.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 02, 2022
37. BTS Serves Mandatory Military Duty & Andy Warhol’s Copyright Case Hits the Supreme Court
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 “transformative.” Follow us on: Instagram- @bettercallpaulthepodcast Twitter- @meshlakhani Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 26, 2022
36. Inside The Attack on Canada’s Largest Children’s Charity
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 Trudeau, Selena Gomez, and Martin Sheen. Paul and Tawfiq discuss the misperceptions and half-truths behind the political and media firestorm that led to the downfall of WE Charity. For more info on Tawfiq and his book, please visit Follow us on: Instagram- @bettercallpaulthepodcast Twitter- @meshlakhani Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 19, 2022
35. Tom Brady and Gisele Hire Divorce Lawyers & Ed Sheeran is Ordered to Stand Trial for Another Song
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 On: Instragram: @bettercallpaulthepodcast Twitter: @meshlakhani Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 12, 2022
34. Hugh Jackman's Wolverine Joins the MCU, But Can It Save the Theater Business
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: @meshlakhani Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 05, 2022
33. Adnan Syed’s Release and The Infamous GTA 6 Hack
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 about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 28, 2022
32. Disney, Comcast & Hulu- a Love Triangle Worth Billions
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. Visit
Sep 21, 2022
31. Fantasy Football's $20B Business is Booming
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.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 14, 2022
30. Don't Worry Darling Drama- Olivia Wilde vs Shia LaBeouf (and everyone else)
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 created the article the original movie was inspired by. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 07, 2022
29. Barcelona FC Risks it All (Financially)
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
Aug 31, 2022
28. India's Movie Scene Breaks Records with "RRR"
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
Aug 24, 2022
27. Anne Heche's Tragic Death
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 Social: Twitter: @meshlakhani Instagram: @bettercallpaulthepodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 17, 2022
26. The End of HBO Max & Batgirl
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 about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 10, 2022
25. Hulu Streams Lollapalooza & NFL+ Shakes Things Up
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
Aug 03, 2022
24. Comic Con 2022: Wakanda Forever
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 about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 27, 2022
23. Disney+BTS = Recession Proof?
Mesh and Paul discuss the Emmy nominations and which studios/platforms lead the charge. BTS signs a content deal with Disney Plus, as they make a play towards the Korean market. Paul explains how inflation and supply chain issues are affecting Hollywood production budgets and how that might play into future content production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 20, 2022
22. How WNBA Star Brittney Griner Unfortunately Became Putin’s Pawn
Brittney Griner, one of the best basketball players on the planet has been detained in Russia for 5 months over a minor infraction. What will the U.S. do to bring her home and why has it taken so long? Plus we remember James Caan and the NFL announces a major potential shift for Sunday Ticket.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 13, 2022
21. Cameron Diaz Comes Out of Retirement for Tom Brady
Happy 4th week! Hope everyone stayed safe. Paul and Mesh do a light episode around Minion's box office hit, Cameron Diaz's big comeback, Star Wars, and some M&A updates. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jul 06, 2022
20. PGA Tour's Fight with Saudi-backed LIV?
The PGA Tour is adapting to the emergence of LIV, the new Saudi backed golf tour with a multi-billion-dollar bank account. As several prominent players defect from the PGA Tour for apparently greener pastures, Mesh and Paul explain the PGA Tour’s response thus far, the economics of the modern golf-industry in the U.S., and the legal framework which may be applied to the PGA Tour’s decision to suspend prominent players who join a competitive league. Can the leagues ultimately share resources and talent in a way that benefits the game of golf? Or will tensions continue to rise? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 29, 2022
19. Disney TV’s Shakeup and DNEG’s SPAC Attack
Media companies are feeling the market volatility as consumer spending and advertising revenue are going down - where are they tightening their belts to compensate? How is this impacting mega-deal activity? Peter Rice was abruptly fired from Disney amidst a successful tenure. And YouTube is making a play for TikTok’ mantle as the dominant place for short videos. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 22, 2022
18. Paramount Sued Over Top Gun: Maverick and Netflix Eyes Roku
The family of the original writer of Top Gun is suing Paramount for copyright infringement claiming they agreed to a sequel Do they have a case? Johnny Depp’s lawyer Camille Vasquez will appear in a new documentary detailing the actor’s relationship with Amber Heard. And, we’ll also discuss Netflix’s interest in acquiring Roku. What does that mean for the stocks? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 15, 2022
17. Johnny Depp's Verdict, Chelsea Football's New Owners and New VPN lawsuits
Does Amber Heard have legitimate grounds for an appeal after losing the libel case against Johnny Depp? Can Hollywood heavyweights have a fair trial in the age of social media?  Hollywood studios are trying to shut down VPNs that make it possible to skirt the copyright restrictions. Also, Chelsea Football Club is acquired after the UK forced its Russian owners to put it up for sale. Find Mesh on Twitter: @meshlakhani Find Us on Instagram: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 08, 2022
16. Seth Green's Bored Ape NFT Stolen & Warren Buffett Invests $2.6B in Paramount
This week on BCP we’ll discuss Ray Liotta’s untimely passing and our favorite films of his from over the years. Also, Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway invested $2.6B in Paramount. Known for buying undervalued and the long-term winners, we’ll go into the details of what he might see here. Lastly, Seth Green’s crypto wallet was compromised and he’s lost ownership of some high-valued NFTs including Bored Ape #8398 which is the bartender on a show he’s been working on called White Horse Tavern. Since he no longer has the rights he may not be able to use it any longer. We’ll discuss this and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 01, 2022
15. Tom Cruise is Back with Top Gun: Maverick & Euphoria's Syndey Sweeny's Bikini Lawsuit
The entertainment industry is covering their bases - Netflix hopes to further dominate things by introducing live streaming. And WarnerBrothers wants to be seen as the "fifth" US broadcast network. Then, we'll discuss the lawsuit being brought against Euphoria's Sydney Sweeny for breaking her agreement with LA Collective. Lastly, Maverick is back and Tom Cruise is not interested in streaming. Instead he wants to support the theater owners with both Top Gun and Mission Impossible. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 25, 2022
14. Kendrick Lamar’s Deepfake Video and the Financial Hit Coming for Covid Insurers (Or Not)
Kanye, OJ, Will Smith, Kobe Bryant, Jesse Smollet: What do they have in common? Kendrick Lamar featured them all in his latest music video using deepfake technology. We’ll discuss the legality of that and whether or not he can be sued. Also, Disney takes $1B hit as it ends licensing to redirect to streaming. And lastly, Covid has officially caused more than 1M deaths in the US alone, but it’s also had a major impact in entertainment and their ability to do business. Billions of dollars have been lost and Covid insurers are getting sued by both Hollywood entertainment and live event businesses. Paul's Reddit AMA on the Marvel Studio Subreddit Paul & Mesh on The Daily Zeitgest- Proud Boy? Too Much Content 05.11.22 Mesh on Twitter Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 18, 2022
13. Justin Lin Walks Off Fast X Set & Dave Chapelle Attacked on Stage
The box office is back with Dr. Strange: Multiverse of Madness raking in $190 million. The trickle down effects to the fully Disney Plus library is proving exponential. Also, Dave Chapelle was attacked during a comedy show and Olivia Wilde was served papers during Cinemacon. What is the process for protecting performers while they are on stage and what are the celebrity’s legal rights during performances? Lastly, Justin Lin walks off the set of Fast X due to creative differences and their impact on his mental health. Given the complex contracts of a $100+ million movie, how is that even possible and what are the options for replacing him? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 11, 2022
How Disney Got Fox's X-Men Into Dr. Strange: Multitude of Madness & the MCU
The future of Marvel. Our main topic this week is X-Men and Dr. Strange 2 and the immense IP crossover potential that exists between the Marvel Universe and Disney’s vast vault of characters. Paul gives a history lesson on Marvel’s sale of assets over the years and their bids to reacquire their most popular characters and what that means for the fans. Also we discuss the Johnny Depp libel lawsuit and how social media is playing a role. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 04, 2022
Johnny Depp vs Amber Heard: A Lawsuit Worth Watching
 A lot of drama in the streaming wars to discuss as Netflix’s stock plummets and CNN+ dissolves in a month. Also, Johnny Depp is suing Amber Heard, his ex-wife, for defamation after she accused him of domestic abuse. Paul explains the different ways a defamation case can be litigated. How can people (and even podcasters) protect themselves financially and from today’s cancel culture? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 27, 2022
More trouble in Brangelina’s (Château Miraval) Paradise
What do Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, and a Russian Oligarch have in common? Château Miraval, the famed vineyard the couple owned together which has produced award-winning wine in recent years. Jolie reportedly claimed she could no longer be in business with her ex and sold her stake to Russian oligarch, Yuri Shefler. Pitt is now suing her citing he was denied approval as well as right of first refusal in hopes of negating the sale. What grounds does he have and with recent Russian sanctions what will this mean for the business? We discuss this and how one simple word in the agreement can make all the difference. Also, now that the Warner Brothers Discovery Deal is done CEO David Zaslav is reportedly exploring an overhaul of DC Entertainment which could potentially turn DC into its own solidified content vertical. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 20, 2022
Kanye Walks from Coachella & Ketanji Brown Jackson Makes History
Kanye West walked away from $8.5M when he pulled out as a headliner at Coachella and has been replaced by Swedish House Mafia and The Weekend. What does this mean for ticket holders who purchased based on his performance? And what recourse, if any, does Coachella have with him backing out? Also, Ketanji Brown Jackson makes history as the first African American woman confirmed to the Supreme Court. We’ll discuss what her influence might be on both the legal system and entertainment industry. Lastly, we'll be discussing the Warner Brothers Discovery deal which has created another titan in the ring of streaming, Elon Musk is a large shareholder of Twitter, and finally Ed Sheeran declares victory in the copyright lawsuit against him. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 13, 2022
Marvel's Moon Knight Risk & Paulie Award Winners
In honor of the conclusion of awards season, we are launching the first annual Paulies! Highlighting the best in box office performance and how that contributes to a studio’s bottom line, best streaming service and what that means for IP, best M&A and what the impact is on taking down Netflix, and best overall legal argument. Also, Marvel took a big risk on Moon Knight launching with Oscar Isaac only having a one season deal. What does that mean for the future of the franchise and the future of Moon Knight or other Marvel spin-offs? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 06, 2022
NFL Scores with Enormous $113B TV Rights Deal (and some Will Smith Oscar Talk)
This week on Better Call Paul, we discuss - the NFL signed long term agreements to distribute game coverage on TV, cable and digital platforms. It’s an unprecedented move to share rights across Amazon, CBS, ESPN/ABC, FOX and NBC and rumored to be worth $113B over 10 years. Moon Knight, coming out at the end of March on Disney+, is the first new Marvel character to be launched via streaming and is kicking off a whole new class of Disney IP. And finally, Oscar predictions! This was taped before the slap heard around the world, but tune in next week for our thoughts on Will Smith’s liability. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 30, 2022
Bob Iger's Big Bet on the Metaverse
Disney Executive Chairman Bob Iger has joined the board of Genies, a company that creates avatars to move through the metaverse. Celebrities have been promoting NFTs for a while now and are actively taking a bigger stand, but making a personal investment and taking a board seat makes a big statement. M&A is continuing to heat up in the streaming wars with Discovery and Warner Media combining forces. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 23, 2022
Dua Lipa Sued Again for Copyright
There’s been a constant stream of legal cases suing high profile artists: Dua Lipa has been sued TWICE by two separate groups for stealing the same song! Ed Sheeren has been accused for stealing parts of his 2017 hit Shape of You. Katy Perry won her appeal. Why does this keep happening? How difficult is it to win a copyright infringement case against an artist? Is it simply a money grab or is there more at risk for the musician? If songs are by definition collaborative how can anyone prove it? Also up for discussion on today's show: how the director of the Black Panther movies was mistaken for a bank robber, Jussie Smollet received sentencing while maintaining his innocence, and NBC terminated their content sharing deal with Hulu. Find out which shows will no longer be on the streaming service. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 16, 2022
Hollywood Unions vs Netflix Brass Ends in Cancellation
Unions are a hot topic this week. Even though Hollywood is a heavily unionized industry, Netflix canceled Nailed It! Haloween, a popular show in its seventh season, after crew members decided to walk off the set midseason in hopes of unionizing and re-negotiating their contracts. Rick and Morty's animators also protest for fairer pay and more rights in a lawsuit against Adult Swim. MLB is also in the middle of collective bargaining negotiations. Whose bottom line is impacted more? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 09, 2022
The Russia/Ukraine War’s Surprising Impact On the Entertainment & Sports Industries
The Champions League Final was moved from Russia to Paris as a show of solidarity against the Russian government, but what goes into such a decision? Big sporting events are a well-choreographed set of negotiations involving everyone from the venue, to the international broadcast teams, to the global and local sponsors, to the fans and making last minute changes can throw any or all of those into breach of contract. How are such decisions evaluated and how do the PR implications factor into the legal decisions? The War’s impact on the entertainment industry spans beyond the sporting world. We also discuss how the Ukrainian production industry is being impacted and Sean Penn’s documentary, which he is currently filming there with Vice. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 02, 2022
The Ponzi Scheme That Left Hollywood Stunned
Paul and Mesh break down the legal differences between aspiration and fraud. Sure Inventing Anna and the Tinder Swindler are popular today, but they are far from the exception. Paul and Mesh discuss how actor Zachary Horwitz was able to create a Ponzi Scheme that left more than 200 Hollywood investors stunned. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 24, 2022
The Matrix Sues WarnerMedia
In this premiere episode of BETTER CALL PAUL, we dive into how things have changed since streaming platforms have entered the space and what this means for production companies, actors/actresses, and their compensation, and why these streaming services are now being sued. We also talk about the Olympics on Peacock and how that deal looks different now that everyone is pushing content to their subscribers. Lastly, we take a look at the Oscars - which pictures we’ve seen, who we like (and who we don’t), as well as the requirements for nominations, the legality behind it, and how things have changed in the era of streaming and Covid. Better Call Paul is a production of Lola Media. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 16, 2022
Introducing Better Call Paul
BETTER CALL PAUL, the new podcast from Lola Media hosted by former Marvel entertainment lawyer Paul Sarker and entertainment enthusiast Mesh Lakhani 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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 18, 2022