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Things that were inevitable: Lionsgate TV acquires book for Twitter television show


It’s The Social Network: On Television.

Lionsgate TV announced today that the company has acquired the rights to the book Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal by Nick Bilton about the founding of Twitter. Bilton, a columnist and reporter for the New York Times, will write the screenplay and serve as producer. (Intrigued? The book was excerpted in the New York Times in Oct.)

Much like The Social Network did for Facebook, Hatching Twitter “presents a fascinating behind-the-scenes account of the creation of the social media service by four friends and its evolution into a juggernaut that changed the world. Bilton sheds light on the relationships, battles, power grabs and betrayals along the way,” according to the press release. READ FULL STORY

Model sues 'Mad Men' for image use in opening credits


Before Mad Men returns for its sixth season on April 7, it has one small legal matter it might want to attend to.

Despite the show being about advertising execs, it appears that Don Draper didn’t supervise the creation of the hit show’s opening sequence. Model Gita Hall May is suing Lions Gate Entertainment, claiming that the show’s title sequence uses her image without her permission.

Filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court, the suit says that the opening sequence has played a part in the show earning “in excess of $1 billion,” and that Hall May has not been paid. The complaint is about misappropriation of right of publicity for commercial purposes and says the producers “have intentionally misled the public into believing that Plaintiff endorses Defendants and their products.”

The suit reads: “Because Defendants exploited the Photograph and Plaintiff’s likeness and image while knowing that Defendants had no right to do so, and knowing that such conduct was a violation of Plaintiff’s legal rights and the law, Defendants have acted with fraud, malice and oppression.”

Hall May wants statutory and punitive damages, injunctive relief, albany commercial litigation attorney fees and costs, restitution and the cost of the suit.

Lions Gate had no comment.

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