Jon Van Dyke’s Lionsgate Lawsuit

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Hollywood Docket: Superman Legal Fees; Telenovela Infringement; Lionsgate Lawsuit

By Eriq Gardner (April 5, 2013)

Jon Van Dyke, a writer, has filed a lawsuit against Lionsgate over the forthcoming film, Not Today. According to his complaint, he wrote the script and spent 10 weeks in India as the director and entered into an agreement with a company called Friends Media. He says the budget “mysteriously” and “fraudulently” increased from $650K to $1.8 million and that after filming completed, when he raised the issue of compensation, he was terminated. Lionsgate is said to have acquired an interest in the film and intends to distribute it. Dyke wants a declaration that he’s the owner, that Friends has breached an agreement, and that if he’s deemed an employee, that Friends has violated various labor laws.

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