Tuesday, August 20, 2002

"CHIMP CHANNEL" CO-CREATOR WANTS PROFITS FROM CHILD SLAVE LABOR

Tom Stern v. Telescopic Pictures, Palomar Pictures and the Turner Broadcasting System
Filed: June 9, 1999
Los Angeles Superior Court

The Case: Tom Stern, cocreator of TBS's new The Chimp Channel, is accusing the show's producers of going bananas and firing him when he was only monkeying around to prove a point.

In his suit for fraud, conspiracy and breach of contract, Stern claims his former employers, Telescopic and Palomar, are swindling him out of the rights to the show--which features well-trained primates acting out your favorite movie and television scenes--and intentionally cheating him out of the profits....

Although damages are unspecified, Stern claims his Chimp Channel "intellectual property" is worth at least $1 million....

Status: Pending.