Hannah Montana Creators Sue Disney
Two of the creators of the hugely successful show Hannah Montana are suing the channel where it is being broadcasted.
Barry O’Brien and Richard Correll filed the case against Disney Channel in a Los Angeles Superior Court, Friday, April 9, believing that they have not been given their proper share of the profits from the show. They believe that the channel owe them more than five million dollars. Their arguments are based from their contract stipulations as well as from rules governing writers given credit as “created by” by the Writers’ Guild of America.
Correll is also complaining that he was terminated without proper cause and that he is being “blackballed” from being able to work with the company again.
Those who were included in the suit are Walt Disney Pictures, ABC Cable Networks Group, Disney Channel, and producers of Bigwood Films, Fuss Budget Films, Silver Creek Pictures and It’s a Laugh Produnctions.
A third creator, Michael Poryes, filed a similar suit in 2008. The trio created the show in 2005. Hannah Montana, starring Miley Cyrus, will end its run after four seasons. The final season is set to premier this coming July.