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Court denies Wagner's 'Angels' claim

10 January 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

A California appellate panel has ruled that actor Robert Wagner may be the owner of rights in the Charlie's Angels television series but he is not entitled to profits from the Columbia Pictures movie franchise based thereon.

In an opinion issued Monday, the 2nd District Court of Appeal rejected Wagner's claims that he and his children are contractually entitled to net profits earned by 2000's Charlie's Angels and 2003's Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, which starred Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu.

Wagner and his former wife Natalie Wood developed the popular 1970s TV series with producers Aaron Spelling, Leonard Goldberg and their Spelling-Goldberg Prods. Under an agreement with the production company, Wagner and Wood were entitled to 50% of the net profits Spelling-Goldberg received "for the right to exhibit photoplays of the series and from the exploitation of all ancillary, music and subsidiary rights in connection therewith."

Years after Spelling-Goldberg sold both its rights and obligations relating to Charlie's Angels to Sony Pictures Television, Columbia purchased theatrical motion picture rights from heirs of the show's writers, Ivan Goff and Ben Roberts, to whom film rights had reverted under Writers Guild of America "separated rights" rules. Both Columbia and Sony Pictures Television are Sony-affiliated companies.

Wagner argued that under his contract with Spelling-Goldberg, the "subsidiary rights" provision meant he and his children with Wood, who died in 1981, were entitled to share in 50% of the income "from all sources," including the films. »

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