The legal heat keeps mounting on David Bergstein, the topper of Capitol Films and ThinkFilm, as Allied Advertising has filed a lawsuit against them alleging $4.2 million in unpaid bills.
Allied, which handles ads and promotions for feature films, filed the suit Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court. It accuses Bergstein of racking up $1.9 million in debt as of November and another $2.2 million this year while continuing to spend on acquisitions.
“Between January and May 2008, while most of the ThinkFilm debt to Allied was outstanding, defendants have gone on a lavish film licensing buying spree at various film festivals around the world, including a film about director Roman Polanski scheduled for release on (HBO) later in 2008,” Allied alleges in the suit. “In addition, defendants now pre-pay for print and advertising services and that only for so long as Allied elects to do business with ThinkFilm at all.”
Allied said it sent a final demand for the funds on May 12.
“Notwithstanding these demands, Bergstein has, on information and belief, directed ThinkFilm to simply ignore the demands of Allied,” it added. “Neither ThinkFilm nor Bergstein have ever disputed the obligation to pay the $4.185 million due and owing to Allied.”
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Production of troubled indie comedy “Nailed,” starring Jessica Biel and Jake Gyllenhaal, has been shut down for a third time due to financial problems.
Below-the-line crews refused to work Thursday. Members of the Intl. Alliance of Theatrical & Stage Employees were ordered by IATSE leaders not to show up at the South Carolina set after not being paid.
A person familiar with the situation said production’s expected to resume next Thursday in South Carolina. Previously set plans had been for filming to go on to a Thursday-through-Monday work week at that point to accommodate the availability of locations such as the state capitol buildings.
IATSE-repped employees also stopped production on May 15 after not being paid, then resumed on Monday. The Screen Actors Guild had ordered its members to stop working on May 9 after film financer Capitol Films failed to deposit enough required money in SAG accounts set up to pay the actors. Filming then resumed on May 12 after the funds went into the accounts.
Capitol Films was not immediately available for comment. IATSE also would not comment.
Pic, directed by David O. Russell, began shooting April 15 and is due to wrap in mid-June. Catherine Keener, James Marsden and Tracy Morgan also star.
In a previous interview, Capitol Films topper David Bergstein insisted his company was on firm financial footing despite reports about unpaid bills and lawsuits.
“Nailed” is produced by Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher through their Red Wagon banner and by Persistent Entertainment. Script by Russell and Kristin Gore, centers on an uninsured woman who goes on a crusade for better health care after a nail is accidentally shot into her head.
In further news coming out of the Cannes Film Festival, Daily Variety reports that TF1 in France and Moviemax Italia in Italy have acquired rights to the upcoming CG-animated family feature Planet 51. Co-financed and co-produced by London-based Handmade Films and Madrid’s Ilion Animation Studios, the $60 million production has enlisted Hollywood talent and was picked up by New Line Cinema for North American distribution late last year.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Jessica Biel, Seann William Scott, Justin Long, John Cleese and Gary Oldman have signed on to lend their voices to the English-language version of Planet 51. The invasion story with a twist takes place on an alien world that bares a striking resemblance to suburban America in the 1950s. In this tale, the invader from outer space Earthling astronaut Capt. Chuck Baker (Johnson), causes panic when his spacecraft lands. In his efforts to avoid capture and get off the planet, Baker is befriended by a local boy named Lem (Long) and his goofy sidekick, Skiff (Scott). Biel will lend her voice to Neera, Lem’s love interest.
The movie was penned by Shrek writer Joe Stillman, and is directed by Jorge Blanco, the lead artist on the Commandos video game series created by Ilion’s parent company, Pyro Studios. Pyro has been simultaneously producing a video game based on the flick, which New Line plans to release sometime in 2009.
Planet 51 is produced by Ilion’s Ignacio Perez Dolest, with Handmade’s Guy Collins and Michael Ryan listed as co-producers, along with former Nickelodeon head Albie Hecht and Lola Film president Andres Vicente Gomez. Stillman, who collaborated on scripts for all three Shrek films, earned an Emmy nomination for his work on the Fox TV series King of the Hill, and also worked with Mike Judge on Beavis and Butthead.