Tuesday, August 24, 2010

'Open Channel D' as in Damages

Rare children's storybook based upon The Man f...Image via WikipediaA Los Angeles County Superior Court jury, following a two-week trial,  has awarded $7.3 million to Anchor Bay Entertainment in its fraud case against Lindsay Dunlap & Ember Entertainment concerning the '60s tv classic spy series The Man from U.N.C.L.E., as reported by the Website THR, Esq.

Anchor Bay filed suit in October 2007, including counts alleging fraud, intentional misrepresentation and breach of contract in its 18-page complaint. The plaintiff claimed Dunlap represented to it that she held the rights to the hit spy series that ran from 1964-1968 and made international stars of Robert Vaughn (Napoleon Solo) and David McCallum (Illya Kuryakin).

Anchor Bay, Starz Media's DVD distribution unit, gave Dunlap $500,000 for U.N.C.L.E. masters and another $125,000 for DVD extra footage pursuant to a 2005 contract. M.G.M. produced the show chronicling U.N.C.L.E.'s battle against the evil organization T.H.R.U.S.H., but Warner Bros. TV subsequently acquired the program. Warner sent a cease and desist letter asserting its ownership rights to Anchor Bay as the plaintiff was readying the release of  U.N.C.L.E. DVDs.

Call it "The Ember Affair" and cue Jerry Goldsmith's catchy theme.

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