James Franco & Vince Jolivette outside Studio 4 Los Angeles.
|Active||2014-October 1, 2017|
|Affiliation||Rabbit Bandini Productions|
In 2017, multiple female students of the school came forward and stated that Franco had behaved in inappropriate or sexually exploitative ways while serving as their teacher.
The school was officially closed on October 1, 2017.
Studio 4 was created to provide a place for students to be grounded in acting and focus on performance while not having to be tied up with additional school requirements. Franco wanted to emulate the creative environment he found at Playhouse West, in addition to providing opportunities through his production company, Rabbit Bandini Productions, that would otherwise not be available to acting, directing, or writing students.
The school offered a two-year Meisner technique conservatory study for actors and on-going screenwriting and directing courses that were instructed by working industry professionals. Among some of the school guests instructors and lecturers include: James Caan, John Patrick Shanley, Ahna O'Reilly, Campbell Scott, Scott Caan, Paul Calderon, Alex Morf, Pamela Romanowsky, Joel Marsh Garland, Gabrielle Demeestere, Natalie Gold, Tom Leopold, and Horatio Sanz.
In 2017, multiple female students of the school came forward and stated that Franco had behaved in inappropriate or sexually exploitative ways while serving as their teacher. One student stated that Franco "would always make everybody think there were possible roles on the table if we were to perform sexual acts or take off our shirts" in his projects. Another student stated that Franco held a sex scenes class and removed students' vaginal guards while simulating oral sex with them.
On October 3, 2019, two former female students of Franco's now-defunct film and acting school filed a lawsuit against him and his partners. According to The New York Times, the plaint alleges that the program "was little more than a scheme to provide him and his male collaborators with a pool of young female performers that they could take advantage of." The case claims that pupils were subjected to "sexually exploitative auditions and film shoots" and had to sign away their rights to the recordings.
In 2018, one of Studio 4's on-camera teachers and Franco's student at UCLA, Ryan Moody, accused Franco of underpaying him for his idea for The Disaster Artist. Moody filed a lawsuit against Franco's production company Rabbit Bandini Productions and Seth Rogen's production company Point Grey Pictures for only paying him $5,000 for his script.  In 2019, the lawsuit was settled. 
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