10 items from 2008
Chapman found fame with his own U.S. TV show, Dog The Bounty Hunter, in which cameras follow him as he manages his bail bond business in Honolulu, Hawaii.
The star is in the middle of a legal battle against his ex-agent Boris Krutonog, claiming he negotiated a secret deal with TV network A+E for a producer's fee for the show.
Now Chapman and wife Beth are said to be have discovered Krutonog has filed a claim with the New York Labor Commissioner to resolve the matter - even though the case is being dealt with by the California Labor Commissioner.
Website TMZ.com claims the couple wants the New York hearing dropped amid fears Krutonog has more of a chance of winning his case there than in California.
Chapman hit the headlines in November last year after his son Tucker Chapman went public with an audiotape on which his father was allegedly heard making racial slurs. »
18 November 2008 2:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Berlin – German broadcasters can't seem to get enough of reality, A&E style. Channels public and private have bought out A&E's catalog, led by RTL, which acquired the first two seasons of top-rated History channel series "Ice Road Truckers."
Munich based RTL 2 nabbed both "Dog The Bounty Hunter" and "Crime 360."
Tele 5 picked up a series of Biography profiles, mainly of Hollywood celebrities, while public broadcaster ZDF Arte acquired four History Us shows: "Crude," "Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire," "Journey to 10,000 BC" and "The Egyptian Book of the Dead." »
- By Scott Roxborough
TV star Duane 'Dog' Chapman has launched a new legal battle with his former publicist over claims she leaked personal information about him to a U.S. tabloid.
Chapman, star of the U.S. TV show Dog The Bounty Hunter, filed a lawsuit against Maureen Krutonog in the circuit court of Hawaii on Thursday, alleging she "damaged his career" by selling "private and confidential information" about him to the National Enquirer.
In court documents obtained by TMZ.com, Chapman also accuses Krutonog of "manufacturing lies" to sell to the tabloids in order to generate publicity for her client.
Chapman hit the headlines last November after his son Tucker Chapman went public with an audiotape on which his father was allegedly heard making racial slurs.
The star further claims Krutonog "was romantically involved with and had substantial influence" over her husband Boris Krutonog, his former agent.
Boris Krutonog, who worked as an executive producer on the TV series, sued the show's network A+E earlier this year for failing to pay his salary and cutting him out of agreed DVD royalties. »
A few days ago, the only thing I really knew about Darren Aronofsky's The Wrestler was that Mickey Rourke was in it and looked like Dog The Bounty Hunter had lit his hair on fire, put it out with baby oil and then shaved his beard off (see above). Today »
- Cole Abaius
And he's upset with Chapman's claims that Krutonog was his agent and manager - because it's getting in the way of his legal action.
He says, "This is just incorrect. I was never his agent or manager."
Krutonog, who was best man at Chapman's wedding, insists he bought the rights to the TV bounty hunter's life story and is purely a producer of Dog The Bounty Hunter.
He adds, "They're trying to take my salary and say I was the agent. I wasn't."
But Chapman's lawyer, Marty Singer, stands by claims Krutonog was Chapman's former agent and manager, adding, "(He) has made gratuitous, ridiculous and outrageous statements about his former clients. Mr. Krutonog was fired more than two years ago, after he refused to work on the series."
The actor is seeking $800,000 (GBP400,000) in damages. »
Maybe they shouldn't have rushed into it.
The purveyors of reality shows - from the great "Intervention" to the embarrassing "Growing Up Gotti" to the excruciating "Gene Simmons Family Jewels" to the disgraceful "Dog The Bounty Hunter" -A&E has had some genuine hits and misses.
Perhaps trying to ride the coattails of "Intervention," they have crafted an "inspired by real life »
- By LINDA STASI
More pilot season coverage
The network has ordered a pilot from 3Ball Prods. in which an avenger of penniless single mothers hunts down deadbeat dads and forces them to pay child support.
Jim Durham, director of the National Child Support Center, functions as a sort of "Dog the Bounty Hunter" for tracking deadbeats. In the pilot, a financially destitute mom is contrasted with her wealthy ex-husband, who is living the high life. Durham confronts the man at his country club to shake him down in front his friends. It's ambush reality TV -- but for a noble cause.
"(Durham) calls them on the phone and gives them the chance to do the right thing," said executive producer JD Roth ("The Biggest Loser", "Beauty and the Geek"). "Of course, those calls are never met with anything but yelling. Then he goes into their life, finds out what kind of assets they have and makes their lives miserable -- foreclose on their house, repossess their car. He will squeeze them until the women get paid."
Roth sold the idea to Fox with the title "Deadbeat Dads". But Fox president of alternative entertainment Mike Darnell famously concocts his own catchy titles for his shows. »
TV star Duane 'Dog' Chapman has quashed his hardman image by admitting he would set most of his captives free - because he feels sorry for them.
The American bounty hunter stars in his own show, Dog The Bounty Hunter, on U.S. cable channel A+E, which follows the former convict as he pursues criminals who break their bail.
But Chapman - who works alongside his wife, Beth, and some of his 12 children - states that if his partner wasn't around, he would consider letting the felons make a run for freedom.
The 58-year-old says, "My wife used to take away my handcuff key. I'd probably have let 75 per cent of them go otherwise."
The star's TV show Dog The Bounty Hunter was reinstated this week (ends24Feb08). The series was axed following Chapman's taped racial slur last November. »
6 February 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
When acquisitions execs haggled over some of the more sought-after movies at the Sundance Film Festival last month, they often found themselves negotiating not with indie producers but with an unlikely partner: cable networks.
The increased interest in these networks' efforts shows how savvy cable has been with the unusual brand extension of theatrical movies. Sundance titles including Nanette Burstein's American Teen (A&E Indie Films), multiple award winner Man on Wire (Discovery Films) and the immigrant drama Sugar (HBO Films) all originated in the film units of television nets.
But if cable has been effective in larger arenas, its involvement also has led to complicated and sometimes protracted negotiations, and they provide an illustration of the potential entanglements when a company expands its role.
Take A&E. Emboldened by the growing commercial potential of such docus as Capturing the Friedmans and Spellbound a few years ago, the network of Dog the Bounty Hunter decided to jump in the theatrical game, appointing Molly Thompson to run the division under nonfiction programming chief Rob Sharenow. The unit has since backed a number of acclaimed docus, including the religious investigation Jesus Camp, the art-world inquiry My Kid Could Paint That and Burstein's Teen.
Sources also say it has commissioned a docu about Pat Tillman, the former NFL player who joined the Army and was killed in Afghanistan under hazy circumstances, to be directed by "Kid" director Amir Bar-Lev. After first saying Tillman was killed in combat, the military has since acknowledged that his death was the result of friendly fire. Bar-Lev will look at the life and odyssey of Marie Tillman, Pat's widow, to uncover the truth about her husband's death. It's also possible that he'll investigate the killing itself. »
A Mexican judge has ruled TV star Duane 'Dog' Chapman cannot be extradited to Mexico to face kidnapping charges - ending a lengthy legal battle. The star of reality show Dog The Bounty Hunter traveled to Mexico to capture serial rapist Andrew Luster - the heir to the Max Factor cosmetics empire - in June 2003. But Chapman, his son and another cohort found themselves on the wrong side of the law when Mexican authorities in Puerto Vallarta learned of plans to track and capture Luster. Bounty hunting is illegal in Mexico. After a brief spell behind bars, Chapman and his team were allowed to return to the United States but Mexican prosecutors have been fighting to extradite Chapman on kidnapping charges ever since. A U.S. judge dismissed the move in November and on Tuesday a Mexican judge agreed. Chapman tells website Tmz.com, "Thank God this nightmare is over." »
10 items from 2008
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