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Exclusive: Former top A&E and History executive David McKillop, who developed and put on the air such hit series as Duck Dynasty and Storage Wars, has signed an in-house deal with distributors Jupiter and Sky Vision to develop and produce new series. Under the pact, Europa, McKillop's independent production company, will be housed in Jupiter's Manhattan offices. In addition to projects already in development at the History Channel, Discovery Communications and two Jupiter… »
“Duck Dynasty” producers Scott and Deirdre Gurney have filed a lawsuit against ITV Studios after being ousted from their namesake company, TheWrap has learned. The producers claim the studio used launched and “outrageous campaign of intimidation and extortion” in order to lower the cost of Gurney Productions, of which ITV acquired a majority stake in 2012. Filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday, the new suit is seeking $100 million in damages. In addition to ITV, the suit also names individuals Brent Montgomery, Andrew Garard and David McGraynor as defendants. Also Read: 'Duck Dynasty' Producers Plan Countersuit After Being »
- Reid Nakamura
The principals of the production company behind “Duck Dynasty” have filed a $100 million lawsuit against ITV Studios, accusing its leaders of mounting an “outrageous campaign of intimidation and extortion” to depress the price ITV would pay to acquire the remaining 40% of Gurney Productions.
The suit filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court follows ITV’s firing last month of Scott and Deirdre Gurney from their namesake company, which ITV acquired a majority interest in 2012. ITV has sued the couple, claiming they engaged in fraud and used company funds for personal expenses, among other allegations.
“The actions taken by ITV and its appointed board members are reprehensible,” said the Gurneys attorney Michael Weinsten of Lavely & Singer. “My clients will not be intimated by their outrageous, strong-arm tactics to acquire my client’s interest in Gurney Productions at a massively discounted price. We will hold each of these defendants personally accountable for the many millions in economic damages to »
- Cynthia Littleton
Duck Dynasty co-creators Scott and Deirdre Gurney are following up on their promise to sue ITV Studios following their ousting from the company amid fraud allegations — and they're seeking more than $100 million in damages.
The Gurneys claim they were ambushed with bogus allegations of impropriety in a December board meeting in a board member's attempt to usurp their company, according to a complaint filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court.
ITV acquired a majority stake in Gurney Productions in 2012. The company fired the Gurneys and sued in December, claiming the couple were engaging in self-dealing »
- Ashley Cullins
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