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Full title: Objection to (related document(s): 631 Application for administrative expenses filed by Other Professional Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP) filed by Debtor Studio Movie Grill Holdings, LLC. (Wright, Frank)

Document posted on Mar 4, 2021 in the bankruptcy, 6 pages and 0 tables.

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The Debtors in these Chapter 11 cases, along with the last four digits of each Debtor’s federal tax identification number, include: Studio Movie Grill Holdings, LLC (6546) (“SMG Holdings”); OHAM Holdings, LLC (0966); Movie Grill Concepts Trademark Holdings, LLC (3096); Movie Grill Concepts I, Ltd. (6645); Movie Grill Concepts III, Ltd. (2793); Movie Grill Concepts IV, Ltd. (1454); Movie Grill Concepts IX, LLC (3736); Movie Grill Concepts VI, Ltd. (6895); Movie Grill Concepts VII, LLC (2291); Movie Grill Concepts X, LLC (6906); Movie Grill Concepts XI, LLC (2837); Movie Grill Concepts XII, LLC (6040); Movie Grill Concepts XIII, LLC (5299); Movie Grill Concepts XIV, LLC (4709); Movie Grill Concepts XIX, LLC (9646); Movie Grill Concepts XL, LLC (4454); Movie Grill Concepts XLI, LLC (4624); Movie Grill Concepts XLII, LLC (2309); Movie Grill Concepts XLIII, LLC (9721); Movie Grill Concepts XLIV, LLC (8783); Movie Grill Concepts XLV, LLC (2570); Movie Grill Concepts XV, LLC (4939); Movie Grill Concepts XVI, LLC (1033); Movie Grill Concepts XVII, LLC (1733); Movie Grill Concepts XVIII, LLC (8322); Movie Grill Concepts XX, LLC (7300); Movie Grill Concepts XXI, LLC (1508); Movie Grill Concepts XXII, LLC (6748); Movie Grill Concepts XXIV, LLC (5114); Movie Grill Concepts XXIX, LLC (5857); Movie Grill Concepts XXV, LLC (4985); Movie Grill Concepts XXVI, LLC (5233); Movie Grill Concepts XXVII, LLC (4427); Movie Grill Concepts XXVIII, LLC (1554); Movie Grill Concepts XXX, LLC (1431); Movie Grill Concepts XXXI, LLC (3223); Movie Grill Concepts XXXII, LLC (0196); Movie Grill Concepts XXXIII, LLC (1505); Movie Grill Concepts XXXIV, LLC (9770); Movie Grill Concepts XXXIX, LLC (3605); Movie Grill Concepts XXXV, LLC (0571); Movie Grill Concepts XXXVI, LLC (6927); Movie Grill Concepts XXXVII, LLC (6401); Movie Grill Concepts XXXVIII, LLC (9657); Movie Grill Concepts XXIII, LLC (7893); Studio Club, LLC (3023); Studio Club IV, LLC (9440); Movie Grill Concepts XI, LLC (2837); Movie Grill Concepts XLI, LLC (4624); Movie Grill Concepts XLVI, LLC (2344); Movie Grill Concepts XLVII, LLC (5866); Movie Grill Concepts XLVIII, LLC (8601); Movie Grill Concepts XLIX, LLC (0537); Movie Grill Concepts L, LLC (5940); Movie Grill Concepts LI, LLC (7754); Movie Grill Concepts LII, LLC (8624); Movie Grill Concepts LIII, LLC (3066); Movie Grill Concepts LIV, LLC (2018); Movie Grill Concepts LV, LLC (4699); Movie Grill Partners 3, LLC (4200); Movie Grill Partners 4, LLC (1363); Movie Grill Partners 6, LLC (3334); and MGC ManagementAll theaters operate under the brand name “Studio Movie Grill.”If an Ordinary Course Professional’s fees and expenses exceed the Monthly Fee Cap over a three-month rolling basis or the Aggregate Fee Cap has been exceeded, such Ordinary Course Professional shall file a fee application on account of the excess amount over the applicable limit and apply for compensation and reimbursement of such amount in compliance with Bankruptcy Code §§ 330 and 331 and applic

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Frank J. Wright Texas Bar No. 22028800 Jeffery M. Veteto Texas Bar No. 24098548 Jay A. Ferguson Texas Bar No. 24094648 LAW OFFICES OF FRANK J. WRIGHT, PLLC 2323 Ross Avenue, Suite 730 Dallas, Texas 75201 Telephone: (214) 935-9100 COUNSEL TO DEBTORS AND DEBTORS-IN-POSSESSION IN THE UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS DALLAS DIVISION § In re: § Chapter 11 § STUDIO MOVIE GRILL § Case No. 20-32633-SGJ HOLDINGS, LLC, et al., § § (Jointly Administered) Debtors.1 § 1 The Debtors in these Chapter 11 cases, along with the last four digits of each Debtor’s federal tax identification number, include: Studio Movie Grill Holdings, LLC (6546) (“SMG Holdings”); OHAM Holdings, LLC (0966); Movie Grill Concepts Trademark Holdings, LLC (3096); Movie Grill Concepts I, Ltd. (6645); Movie Grill Concepts III, Ltd. (2793); Movie Grill Concepts IV, Ltd. (1454); Movie Grill Concepts IX, LLC (3736); Movie Grill Concepts VI, Ltd. (6895); Movie Grill Concepts VII, LLC (2291); Movie Grill Concepts X, LLC (6906); Movie Grill Concepts XI, LLC (2837); Movie Grill Concepts XII, LLC (6040); Movie Grill Concepts XIII, LLC (5299); Movie Grill Concepts XIV, LLC (4709); Movie Grill Concepts XIX, LLC (9646); Movie Grill Concepts XL, LLC (4454); Movie Grill Concepts XLI, LLC (4624); Movie Grill Concepts XLII, LLC (2309); Movie Grill Concepts XLIII, LLC (9721); Movie Grill Concepts XLIV, LLC (8783); Movie Grill Concepts XLV, LLC (2570); Movie Grill Concepts XV, LLC (4939); Movie Grill Concepts XVI, LLC (1033); Movie Grill Concepts XVII, LLC (1733); Movie Grill Concepts XVIII, LLC (8322); Movie Grill Concepts XX, LLC (7300); Movie Grill Concepts XXI, LLC (1508); Movie Grill Concepts XXII, LLC (6748); Movie Grill Concepts XXIV, LLC (5114); Movie Grill Concepts XXIX, LLC (5857); Movie Grill Concepts XXV, LLC (4985); Movie Grill Concepts XXVI, LLC (5233); Movie Grill Concepts XXVII, LLC (4427); Movie Grill Concepts XXVIII, LLC (1554); Movie Grill Concepts XXX, LLC (1431); Movie Grill Concepts XXXI, LLC (3223); Movie Grill Concepts XXXII, LLC (0196); Movie Grill Concepts XXXIII, LLC (1505); Movie Grill Concepts XXXIV, LLC (9770); Movie Grill Concepts XXXIX, LLC (3605); Movie Grill Concepts XXXV, LLC (0571); Movie Grill Concepts XXXVI, LLC (6927); Movie Grill Concepts XXXVII, LLC (6401); Movie Grill Concepts XXXVIII, LLC (9657); Movie Grill Concepts XXIII, LLC (7893); Studio Club, LLC (3023); Studio Club IV, LLC (9440); Movie Grill Concepts XI, LLC (2837); Movie Grill Concepts XLI, LLC (4624); Movie Grill Concepts XLVI, LLC (2344); Movie Grill Concepts XLVII, LLC (5866); Movie Grill Concepts XLVIII, LLC (8601); Movie Grill Concepts XLIX, LLC (0537); Movie Grill Concepts L, LLC (5940); Movie Grill Concepts LI, LLC (7754); Movie Grill Concepts LII, LLC (8624); Movie Grill Concepts LIII, LLC (3066); Movie Grill Concepts LIV, LLC (2018); Movie Grill Concepts LV, LLC (4699); Movie Grill Partners 3, LLC (4200); Movie Grill Partners 4, LLC (1363); Movie Grill Partners 6, LLC (3334); and MGC Management I, LLC (3224).

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DEBTORS’ OBJECTION TO ALLOWANCE AND PAYMENT OF ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSE CLAIMS OF BELL NUNNALLY & MARTIN LLP Studio Movie Grill Holdings, LLC and its debtor affiliates, as debtors and debtors in possession in the above-captioned chapter 11 cases (collectively, the “Debtors” or “SMG”), file this Objection (the “Objection”) to the Motion of Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP for Allowance and Payment of Administrative Expense Claim Pursuant to 11 U.S.C. § 503(b)(1)(A) (the “Application”) filed by Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP (“Bell Nunnally”), and respectfully state as follows: I. BACKGROUND 1. On October 23, 2020 (the “Petition Date”), the Debtors each filed voluntary petitions for relief under Chapter 11 of Title 11 of the United States Code, 11 U.S.C. §§ 101, et seq. (the “Bankruptcy Code”), thereby initiating the above-captioned bankruptcy cases (the “Chapter 11 Cases”). The Debtors continue to manage and operate their businesses as debtors-in-possession pursuant to Sections 1107 and 1108 of the Bankruptcy Code. 2. An official committee of unsecured creditors has been appointed in these Chapter 11 Cases. No trustee or examiner has been requested or appointed in these Chapter 11 Cases. 3. SMG is engaged in the dine-in movie theater business. In addition to its movie offerings, SMG’s theaters include a bar and lounge area, with direct to seat service for guests before and during their movies. As of the Petition Date, SMG operated 33 movies theaters in 10 states, including Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, Indiana, and Virginia. All theaters operate under the brand name “Studio Movie Grill.” 4. A detailed description of the Debtors and their businesses, and the facts and circumstances supporting the Motion and the Debtors’ Chapter 11 Cases are set forth in greater detail in the Declaration of William Snyder, CRO of the Debtors, in Support of the Debtors’ Chapter 11 Petitions and

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First Day Motion (the “Snyder Declaration”),which was filed on the Petition Date and is incorporated by reference in this Objection. 5. On February 12, 2021, Bell Nunnally filed its Application, seeking allowance and payment of an administrative expense claim in the amount of $106,562.74 of which it submits that $40,000 has already been paid; therefore, Bell Nunnally seeks an administrative expense claim in the amount of $66,562.74. II. OBJECTION 6. By its Application, Bell Nunnally seeks payment of legal fees in excess of that allowed by the Order Authorizing Employment and Payment of Professionals Utilized in the Ordinary Course of Business Effective as of October 23, 2020 [Dkt. No. 332] (the “OCP Order”). Debtors contend that, contrary to Bell Nunnally’s assertion, the additional legal fees require further court approval by an professional fee application. To that end, Debtors contend that Bell Nunnally has failed to plead or prove its entitlement to attorneys’ fees and the amount of attorneys’ fees sought. 7. Pursuant to the OCP Order: If an Ordinary Course Professional’s fees and expenses exceed the Monthly Fee Cap over a three-month rolling basis or the Aggregate Fee Cap has been exceeded, such Ordinary Course Professional shall file a fee application on account of the excess amount over the applicable limit and apply for compensation and reimbursement of such amount in compliance with Bankruptcy Code §§ 330 and 331 and applicable provisions of the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, the Local Rules, and any other procedures and orders of the Court. Such applicable Ordinary Course Professional shall be entitled to interim payment of its requested fees and expenses up to the Monthly Fee Cap pending the Court’s allowance of those requested fees and expenses in excess of the Monthly Fee Cap. 8. Section 503(b)(1)(A) of the Bankruptcy Code sets out the provisions applicable to the allowance of General Administrative Expense Claims in this case. It provides in pertinent part that “[a]fter notice and a hearing, there shall be allowed administrative expenses … including – (1)(A) the

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actual, necessary costs and expenses of preserving the estate….” 11 U.S.C. § 503(b)(1)(A) (emphasis added). 9. For any costs and expenses to qualify for allowance as an administrative expense claim, they must (i) be actual and (ii) have been necessary to preservation of the estate. Courts have construed these terms narrowly: “[a]n ‘actual and necessary cost’ must have been of benefit to the estate and its creditors . . . The ‘benefit’ requirement has no independent basis in the Code, . . . but is merely a way of testing whether a particular expense was truly ‘necessary’ to the estate: If it was of no ‘benefit,’ it cannot have been ‘necessary.’” State of Texas v. Lowe (In re H.L.S. Energy Co., Inc.), 151 F.3d 434, 437 (5th Cir. 1998); see also Total Minatome Corp. v. Jack/Wade Drilling, Inc. (In re Jack/Wade Drilling, Inc.), 258 F.3d 385, 387 (5th Cir. 2001); In re SGS Studio, Inc., 256 B.R. 580, 582 (Bankr. N.D. Tex. 2000). 27. “In order to qualify as an ‘actual and necessary cost’ under section 503(b)(1)(A), a claim against the estate must have arisen post-petition and as a result of actions taken by the [debtor-in-possession] that benefitted the estate.” Jack/Wade Drilling, Inc., 258 F.3d at 387. 10. Bell Nunnally bears the burden of proof in relation to these claims. See SGS Studio, Inc., 256 B.R. at 582; see also 11 U.S.C. § 503(b)(1)(A). 11. Debtors assert that Bell Nunnally has failed to make even a prima facie case that the attorneys’ fees sought (i) were incurred post-petition; and (ii) benefitted the estates. 12. “Generally speaking, any claimant in a bankruptcy case seeking recovery of postpetition attorneys fees must file a traditional bankruptcy fee application.” In re Nucentrix Broadband Networks, Inc., 314 B.R. 581, 590 (Bank. N.D. Tex. 2004). This is true for debtors’ counsel, trustee’s counsel, committee counsel, and oversecured creditors’ counsel. Id. (internal citations omitted). More importantly, this “is true for unsecured creditors when they are entitled to attorneys’ fees,” including landlords’ counsel. Id. (citing In re Independent American Real Estate, Inc., 146 B.R. 546, 556 (Bankr.N.D.Tex.1992); McDonald v. Lorenzo Bancshares, Inc. (In re Lorenzo Bancshares, Inc.), 122 B.R. 270,

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272 (Bankr.N.D.Tex.1991) (unsecured claimant must “file an application for attorneys' fees in the usual bankruptcy format”). 13. Further, even if Bell Nunnally can demonstrate that the fees were incurred post-petition, benefitted the estate, and that they are entitled to such fees pursuant to their lease, the attorneys’ fees sought by Bell Nunnally are subject to analysis of the Johnson factors for determination. See Johnson v. Georgia Highway Express, Inc., 488 F.2d 714, 717–19 (5th Cir. 1974); See also In re First Colonial Corp. of America, 544 F.2d 1291, 1298–99 (5th Cir. 1977), cert. denied, 431 U.S. 904, 97 S.Ct. 1696, 52 L.Ed.2d 388 (1977) (applying the Johnson factors to the analysis of fee awards in bankruptcy cases); Nucentrix, 314 B.R. at 590. In particular, to recover attorneys’ fees from the Debtors’ bankruptcy estate, Bell Nunnally must plead and establish the following factors: (1) the time and labor required; (2) the novelty and difficulty of the questions; (3) the skill requisite to perform the legal service properly; (4) the preclusion of other employment by the attorney due to acceptance of the case; (5) the customary fee; (6) whether the fee is fixed or contingent; (7) time limitations imposed by the client or the circumstances; (8) the amount involved and the results obtained; (9) the experience, reputation, and ability of the attorneys; (10) the undesirability of the case; (11) the nature and length of the professional relationship with the client; and (12) awards in similar cases. Johnson, 488 F.2d at 717–19. 14. Bell Nunnally has offered no evidence in support of its claim for attorneys’ fees and therefore, this Court cannot find that these factors have been satisfied through a proper showing. Debtors assert that the amount sought is not justified and should be denied. 15. For such reasons, taken together, Debtors submit that the Application should be denied as to the attorneys’ fees sought.

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III. RESERVATION OF RIGHTS 16. Debtors hereby expressly reserve the right to amend or supplement this Objection prior to any hearing pertaining to its determination for the purposes of asserting additional objections to the Application, amending this Objection, offering additional support, and as Debtors otherwise deem necessary and appropriate. WHEREFORE, the Debtors respectfully request that this Court deny the relief requested by the Application and award the Debtors such other and further relief as this Court may deem just and proper. DATED: March 5, 2021 Respectfully submitted, LAW OFFICES OF FRANK J. WRIGHT, PLLC By: /s/ Frank J. Wright Frank J. Wright Texas Bar No. 22028800 Jeffery M. Veteto Texas Bar No. 24098548 Jay A. Ferguson Texas Bar No. 24094648 2323 Ross Avenue, Suite 730 Dallas, Texas 75201 Telephone: (214) 935-9100 Emails: frank@fjwright.law jeff@fjwright.law jay@fjwright.law COUNSEL TO DEBTORS AND DEBTORS-IN-POSSESSION CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE I hereby certify that on the 5th day of March 2021, a true and correct copy of the foregoing document was served on all parties consenting to electronic service of this case via the Court’s ECF system for the Northern District of Texas and via United States Mail, first class postage prepaid on Debtors’ Complex Service List. /s/ Jeffery M. Veteto Jeffery M. Veteto