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Carol Burnett Sued In Dispute Over Copyright And TV Show Revenue

21 November 2012 5:44 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Bob Banner Associates has filed suit in Los Angeles Superior Court against Carol Burnett and her Whacko Inc. seeking an accounting of revenues from The Carol Burnett Show, spinoff show Mama’s Family (suit refers to it as Mama’s House) and reunion specials. Bba’s suit (Banner himself died in 2011) says the company and Burnett and her Whacko are co-owners of the copyrights to the first five seasons of the show. According to the suit (read it here) Banner and Burnett entered an agreement in 1967 which continued until 1972. During that time, according to Bba, closing credits identified Bba as co-owner of the copyright with Burnett. “Sometime in 1969″, the suit says, Burnett’s company Burngood Inc filed its first copyright registration solely in Burnett’s Burngood company name (later absorbed by Whacko) with no mention of Bba. The series continued until 1979. The series subsequently was edited into half-hour episodes entitled Carol Burnett And Friends. »


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Carol Burnett -- Sued From The Grave Over Home Video Deal

21 November 2012 5:40 PM, PST | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

For once, someone's Not laughing at "The Carol Burnett Show" -- namely the guy who helped create the TV classic, and is now suing over a home video deal, but the catch is ... He's Dead.The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in La County Superior Court by Bob Banner's production company ... and according to the docs Bob had a partnership to co-produce the show with Carol from 1967 to 1972.Bob died in 2011 from Parkinson's disease ... but »

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Hollywood Docket: Carol Burnett Sued; Pussy Riot v. Lawyers; Hulk Hogan Sex Tape

21 November 2012 1:05 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Carol Burnett has been sued by a dead person. Well, almost. The comedy legend was hit with a lawsuit Wednesday by Bob Banner Associates, the production company of the late Bob Banner, which alleges he helped create the long-running classic The Carol Burnett Show (and its spinoff Mama's Family) but was cut out of a recent deal with Time Life to put the shows on home video. Photos: Top 10 Legal Disclaimers in Hollywood  Banner — or at least his production company — is seeking a full accounting from Burnett and her Whacko, Inc. company. Read the full complaint

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