Warner Bros And Laddie Finally Settling

Warner Bros And Laddie Finally Settling

By NIKKI FINKE | Wednesday April 20, 2011

Alan Ladd Jr.

Maybe this settlement at long last will help that campaign among some Hollywood insiders to snag the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award for Laddie. Warner Bros says the studio and Alan Ladd Jr will announce shortly they’ve come to terms after a long court battle dating to 2003. Then in 2007, Laddie won a $3.2 million jury verdict for unpaid profits on movies he produced with Jay Kantor including Blade Runner (1982), Chariots of Fire (1981) and the Police Academy franchise (starting in 1984) licensed in packages to TV and cable stations. Warner Bros attempted to dismiss the original judgment but failed.

Ergo, settlement. The case was being watched closely not only because of how old some of the pics were but because it once again challenged the majors’ way of doing business that always benefits them and often screws everybody else.

Biography for Alan Ladd Jr.

 

COMMENTS (9)

  1. Long overdue, expected and deserved. One of the last true brain trusts out there. Good Laddie go!
  2. Yeah for Ladd – a class act in a decidedly unclassy business!
  3. Hope he got WB to pay court costs. I’m sure they exceeded the settlement. Once again, lawyers winning!
  4. Wish there were guys like Ladd nowadays. He picked George Lucas out of crowd after American Graffiti and offered him a film. Lucas said Ladd approached him and said “{I don’t know what you want to do but you’re talented and I want to work with you. Write something.” And…he wrote Star Wars.
  5. It’s a crime Ladd hasn’t won the Thalberg for Star Wars, Chariots of Fire, Blade Runner, Thelma and Louisa, Braveheart, All That Jazz, Young Frankenstein, Police Academy, The Right Stuff, Night Shift, Moonstuck, Fish Called Wanda, Kagemush, Alien, Norma Rae, Gone Baby Gone, The Rose, Rocky Picture Show, et cet. et cet. And you can name another ten or so. These films wouldn’t not have been made without him. Stunning.
  6. Laddie is just an unbelievable cinema giant with that filmography. He deserves every penny and every award. I think his era were the last true great period at Fox.
  7. Laddie’s got something far better than that silly award. Respect and admiration and a legacy anyone would envy. But give him the damned thing anyway.
  8. I love David Ladd.
  9. Sweet! That’s awesome.

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Irving G. Thalberg Award

 

Clint Eastwood was joined by Arnold Schwarzenegger and presented with the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award March 27th 1995.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Laddie Wins Big $$$ From Warner Bros

By NIKKI FINKE Thursday August 2, 2007

A Los Angeles jury has ordered Warner Bros to pay Hollywood legends Alan Ladd Jr. and Jay Kanter $3.2 million in unpaid profits for ripping them off for a series of movies licensed in packages to TV and cable stations. The case was being watched closely not only because of how old some of the pics were — Blade Runner (1982), Chariots of Fire (1981), the Police Academy series (starting in 1984) — but because it once again challenged the majors’ way of doing business that always benefits them and often screws everybody else. “I hope it makes a difference in the accounting process in this business,” Laddie told The Hollywood Reporter ESQ after the verdict. “The studios should stop being corrupt. When they start being honest, this business will change.” A Warner Bros. spokesperson said: “While we are disappointed by the jury’s verdict, we understand their confusion over damages. We will now look at this entire proceeding and hope to rectify this erroneous decision at this level or on appeal.” Ladd and Kanter first sued the studio in 2003.

Today’s jury unanimously found the studio breached its duties to them, then the panel ruled 10-2 to adopt the duo’s suggested damage calculations for 12 films produced by the Ladd Co., or $3.2 million. (The judge limited damages to four years before the filing of the lawsuit.) Laddie also tried to sue the studio on other issues, like when Warner’s omitted the Ladd Co. credit from various packaging and end-credit sequences on the films, but the judge threw out those claims last week.

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Laddie Wins A New Round Against Warner

By NIKKI FINKE Monday November 19, 2007

I’m told there’s been another court decision today in that $3.2 million jury verdict for Alan Ladd Jr in his battle against Warner Bros for unpaid profits on movies he produced including Blade Runner, Chariots of Fire and the Police Academy franchise. Warner Bros filed four motions to dismiss the original judgment, claiming there should be no damages because the jury erred in finding that the company breached its contract and the implied covenant of fair dealing. But the judge denied all the Warner Bros motions. So this is yet another victory for Laddie.

PS: I was told this morning there’s a quiet campaign among some Hollywood insiders to snag the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award for Laddie, too.

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