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Thursday, April 24, 2008

"Family Guy" Writers Sue Fox

Familyguyfamilypromo According to the Hollywood Reporter, Seth MacFarlane and 15 other writers of the animated sitcom "Family Guy" are suing 20th Century Fox TV,alleging breach of contract and other claims.  The writers allege that Fox has violated its contract with the writers by not paying them for 12 minutes of additional footage based on a script they wrote for a 2005 'Family Guy" DVD. They also allege that Fox failed to give them proper credit for the project. 

The Hollywood Reporter says that Fox would not comment on the law suit.  Not on record, perhaps.  Off the record, Fox's spokesperson said, "Twelve minutes of guys shaving off their strike beards is not remunerable.  Wait, wait.  'Remunerable' won't work as a laugh line.  How about this: Those guys probably couldn't even see through their strike beards to read the terms of the contract they signed.  They've got nothing!  Yeah, go with that, but off the record, okay?"

[Jeremy Telman]

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