Turner Entertainment Network files suit over funds for halted 'Who Rules the World?' project

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Apr 5, 2018

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A Georgia-headquartered media and entertainment services company has filed a suit against a production services company and the man behind "Super Size Me" over funds placed in an account for a halted project.

Turner Entertainment Networks (TEN) Inc. filed a complaint on March 27 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Western Division against Morgan Spurlock and Warrior Poets Inc. alleging breach of written contract and seeking a permanent injunction.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on March 7, 2017, it entered into a production sharing agreement (PSA) with the defendants to create a television series titled "Who Rules the World?" The suit states the project was halted in December 2017 when Spurlock "issued a public statement in which he confessed to sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, and substance abuse and stepped down from his position at Warrior Poets."

The plaintiff alleges it informed Warrior Poets that it was in default of the PSA and demanded return of the funds it placed in a production bank account for the production but has not received a response.

"TEN brings this suit to assure that the funds in the production bank account are not spent for other purposes and to compel return of the funds as required by the PSA," the suit states.   

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks preliminary and permanent injunction, prejudgment interest, costs of suit, and such other, further, and different relief as the court deems just, proper and equitable. 

It is represented by Neal H. Levin and Shira R. Isenberg of Freeborn & Peters LLP in Chicago and Tamerlin J. Godley of Munger, Tollis & Olson LLP in Los Angeles.

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Western Division case number 2:18-cv-02490-R-AS

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