Paramount, Content Partners Escalate Film Slate Profit Dispute

Paramount and Content Partners escalated their dispute over the returns from a slate of 25 films from the 1990s in the studio’s portfolio, in a complicated case that is shedding light on the behind-the-scenes inner workings of Hollywood financing.

In a counterclaim filed on Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Paramount called Content Partners “the Hollywood equivalent of a patent troll.” Content Partners, which buys up profit participation stakes in major entertainment properties, claimed in a suit filed in 2010 that Paramount short-changed it tens of millions of dollars in returns it is owed from movies such as “Face/Off,” “Rules of Engagement,” “Runaway Bride” and “The Truman Show.”

Reacting to Paramount’s counterclaim, Martin Singer, the attorney for Content Partners, said that it was “in my opinion the most absurd lawsuit a studio has filed” in the 35 years he has been practicing law, and he said that it would subject
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