As it became clear the dispute over television rights for the Golden Globes wouldn’t be settled in time to prepare next year’s broadcast, a deal was brokered. While the face-off between the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and Dick Clark Productions has been delayed until the start of October, the HFPA has confirmed that the two organizations made a one-year deal with NBC to broadcast the event on Jan. 15, 2012. The non-jury trial, which is expected to take about two weeks, was also handed over to Judge A. Howard Matz, a senior judge of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Though there have been rumors about an out-of-court settlement, HFPA sources denied that possibility.
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Nicollette Sheridan’s prospects are getting slimmer in her wrongful termination lawsuit against ABC and Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry, reports the Associated Press. After limiting the damages the former Housewives villainess could win at October’s trial, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Allen White urged Sheridan to resolve the suit. “You’re going to spend a lot of money on this case,” White told attorneys.
According to Sheridan’s suit, she was unceremoniously fired from the show after complaining about physical abuse from Cherry. Under White’s ruling, Sheridan is only eligible for one season’s wages (roughly $980,000), though she initially sought at least two on the basis of options in her contract. READ FULL STORY
Oprah Winfrey is being sued for trademark infringement. According to court papers filed July 28 in New Jersey obtained by EW, the talk show maven — and OWN CEO — has been slapped with a lawsuit over her usage of the acronym OYP, otherwise known as “Own Your Power.” Simone Kelly-Brown and Own Your Power Communications, Inc., the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, claim the motivational communication services company originated the acronym and concept that people can “life their best life” if they believe that “anything you want in life is attainable,” and even solidified their usage by petitioning the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to obtain exclusive ownership of the term “Own Your Power.” Then Harpo Studios, the suit alleges, began to use the registered letters to “identify Harpo [and] Oprah … as advocates for individuals to ‘live [their] best life’ through self-awareness and motivational communication, the same type as OYP services.”
The plaintiffs say in the papers that they are seeking damages to reverse Winfrey and Harpo’s “brazenly unlawful disregard for the existence and use of [OTP's] trademark.”
“Under such circumstances,” the suit continues, “with [Winfrey and Harpo] being much larger, spending more money, having a wider reach, and an overlapping audience with the much smaller Company, particularly with one of the most influential women in the world at the helm … [OTP has] been irreparably harmed.”
A Harpo spokesperson issued the following statement to EW regarding the suit: “Harpo has not been served and we have no information about what allegations are being made.”
Glen A. Larson claims he’s owed a lot of frakkin’ money by Universal. The producer behind such hits as Battlestar Galactica, Knight Rider, and Six Million Dollar Man, among other series, filed a fraud and breach of contract lawsuit against Universal Tuesday in Los Angeles over profits from the TV shows, which he says were withheld from him. READ FULL STORY
L.A. Superior Court Judge Alan Goodman ruled today that Charlie Sheen’s case against Warner Bros. will proceed in arbitration rather than go to trial, a ruling that will ultimately work in the studio’s favor.
Warner Bros. issued a statement reacting to the ruling: “We’re very gratified by the court’s ruling enforcing the parties’ arbitration agreement.”
A rep for Sheen had no comment.
Back in early March, Sheen filed a $100 million lawsuit claiming that Two and a Half Men creator Chuck Lorre and the studio wrongfully attributed “the suspension of the series and termination of Mr. Sheen’s contract on Mr. Sheen’s alleged statements, conduct, and condition, despite the fact that Mr. Sheen is in compliance with his contract.”
Sheen’s team fought to get him a trial and had previously requested to halt arbitration proceedings; however, that request was denied soon after.
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Nicollete Sheridan’s lawsuit against Marc Cherry and ABC is cooking up more drama than Edie Britt herself: A Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday that the lawsuit — which alleged she was wrongfully terminated from Desperate Housewives after getting into an argument with Cherry, the series’ creator — will go to trial. According to the Associated Press, an attorney for Cherry claimed the series had decided to kill off Edie months before their tiff. The actress’ lawyer, however, said that they had told Sheridan her ouster was a cost-cutting measure — which didn’t make sense, considering she was still owed money for the remainder of the season after Edie’s midseason car accident death. A jury will decide whether or not Sheridan can receive damages on wrongful termination, battery, and unlawful retaliation claims. “I’m very happy that I’m being treated fairly,” Sheridan told reporters after Tuesday’s hearing. When the lawsuit was first filed, Sheridan claimed she had suffered emotional distress and physical and emotional abuse; she has since dropped those claims. A lawyer for the defense told EW: “We’re pleased with the rulings. There’s very little left of Ms. Sheridan’s case … We’re confident that a jury looking at all of the evidence and the many witnesses we have will find that Edie Britt was killed off for lawful reasons and that Mr. Cherry never battered Ms. Sheridan as she claims.”
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According to papers obtained by EW, several Happy Days stars — and the estate of late actor Tom Bosley — have filed a lawsuit against CBS, claiming the network violated breach of contract by cutting them out of merchandising revenues. Anson Williams, Don Most, Marion Ross, Erin Moran, and the Bosley estate, the suit says, were guaranteed 5 percent of royalties profits if their images appeared on a product. The suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, is asking for $10 million; the plaintiffs claim they are owed millions. A CBS spokesperson said in response to the lawsuit, “We agree that funds are owed to the actors and have been working with them for quite some time to resolve the issue.”
A New York City judge has closed the book on a lawsuit filed by an author who claimed Jerry Seinfeld had damaged her reputation during a 2007 interview on Late Show with David Letterman. Missy Chase Lapine — who had accused Seinfeld’s wife, Jessica, of plagiarizing her idea for a kid-centric healthy cookbook (Jessica Seinfeld released Deceptively Delicious in 2007) — filed a lawsuit saying Jerry Seinfeld had hurt her reputation by calling her a “wacko” on the late-night show. According to the Associated Press, Justice Marcy Friedman threw out the case Friday, saying it was clear Seinfeld was joking and citing the comedian’s first amendment rights. Seinfeld’s lawyer released the following statement to EW: “Today’s decision is a complete victory for Jerry — and also a victory for the First Amendment and the right of comedians to tell jokes. The decision also vindicates HarperCollins and Jessica Seinfeld yet again, confirming what the two different federal courts have already ruled: Jessica independently created her bestselling book, Deceptively Delicious.”
Amanda Knox and ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito’s lawyers are attempting to halt Lifetime’s airing of Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy, a TV movie chronicling Knox and Sollecito’s supposed involvement in the 2007 murder of Meredith Kercher. According to the Associated Press, attorneys for both Knox and Sollecito — who are serving time in Italy after being found guilty of Kercher’s murder — are threatening to go to U.S. court if Lifetime airs the Feb. 21 film and keeps its trailer on the network’s website. Amanda Knox stars Hayden Panettiere as the title character; both Knox and Sollecito still maintain their innocence. Lifetime is not commenting on the matter.
Despite an ongoing lawsuit between the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) — which presents the Golden Globes — and Dick Clark Productions, the HFPA issued a statement today claiming that there will indeed be a televised ceremony in 2012. (Speculation that the telecast would be canceled began after some outlets discovered that HFPA lawyers put together a court filing that said it may not be able to find a new producer and network in time for the Golden Globes next year.) Said the statement: “Regardless of the legal proceedings with … Dick Clark Productions, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association will present the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards Show as scheduled in January 2012. The show will go on, with or without DCP.”
In November, the HFPA filed a lawsuit against Dick Clark Productions, claiming the production company signed a signed an agreement with NBC to air the show through 2018 without consulting the HFPA.
More than seven years after an episode of NYPD Blue featured a brief shot of a woman’s nude buttocks, a federal appeals court has struck down a penalty imposed on ABC and its affiliate stations by the FCC. According to the Associated Press, the FCC had imposed a $27,500 fine after the 2003 episode, but the 2nd U.S. Court of Appeals in Manhattan ruled that, since TV stations are not fined for “fleeting” profanities uttered during live broadcasts, they should similarly not be fined for images like the Blue nudity. The Parents Television Council denounced the ruling, saying in a statement, “ABC intentionally chose to air a scripted visual depiction of a fully-naked woman before 10:00 pm. There was absolutely nothing fleeting or accidental about it. The inclusion of the lengthy and ogling scene was intended to pander and titillate.”
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