• The representation of the executive producer of the hit television series Bones in a lawsuit against 20th Century Fox Television, the Fox network and affiliated companies. The plaintiff alleges that 20th Century Fox Television cheated him out of his share of profits from the show, and that network executives threatened to cancel the series if he did not accept a lower licensing fee from Fox. The suit is currently pending in Los Angeles Superior Court.
  • The representation of the creator, writer, and executive producer of the worldwide hit television series The Walking Dead, and leading talent agency CAA, in a suit against the AMC television network. The plaintiffs allege that AMC produced the show and licensed it for broadcast to itself for license fees well below market rates, resulting in diminished profits for the show and its participants. The suit is currently pending in New York.
  • The representation of Chuck Lorre, the co-creator of Two and a Half Men, in his high-profile dispute with actor Charlie Sheen.  Mr. Sheen blamed Lorre for his termination from TV’s top sitcom, and sued Lorre and the production studio for $100 million.  After KWIKA successfully moved the matter to arbitration, the parties reached a mutually agreeable resolution.
  • The representation of the creators and producers of the hit television series Smallville in a profit participation and vertical integration case against Warner Bros. Television.  The creators alleged that Warner Bros. Television licensed Smallville to its sister networks The WB and The CW for “sweetheart” deals with unreasonably low license fees, in violation of Warner’s contractual duties to the plaintiffs.  After KWIKA defeated two motions for summary judgment brought by the defendants, the matter was favorably settled.
  • The representation of American Idol creator Simon Fuller in his highly publicized case against Fox Broadcasting Company and Fremantlemedia North America for breach of the settlement of a prior UK litigation regarding the similarities between American Idol and X Factor,  in which Mr. Fuller had been promised executive producer fees and credit for the US version of the X Factor television show.
  • The representation of Mark Burnett, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Sylvester Stallone and Jeff Wald defending claims for inducing breach of contract and intentional interference with prospective economic relations brought by Sugar Ray Leonard’s former business partner arising out of the reality television series The Contender.  KWIKA obtained summary judgment on behalf of our clients
  • The representation of Jimmy Kimmel and his company Jackhole Productions against claims brought by the star of the cult movie classic Windy City Heat for an accounting and profits from the film, as well as alleged damages arising from a publicity stunt performed on a radio show to promote the movie.
  • The representation of writer/director Deborah Kampmeier and the producer, The Motion Picture Group, of the Sundance-award winning film Hounddog, against claims brought by an entity that claimed to have contractual rights to distribute the film.
  • The representation of the executive producer/showrunner of the hit animated series Family Guy in a profit participation dispute against 20th Century Fox Television.
  • The representation of the creators of the hit animated series King of the Hill in a profit participation dispute against 20th Century Fox Television.
  • The representation of Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Gary Goetzman and Nia Vardalos in a “profit participation” case against the distributors of the highly acclaimed and successful film My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

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