An executive producer on the film “Steel Magnolias” has filed a lawsuit against Lifetime Entertainment, A&E Networks and Sony Pictures Television.
Victoria L. White charges that an upcoming TV movie version of the film is being created without her permission or any agreement for the underlying rights.
The suit, which was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, says White acquired the rights which were the basis of the 1989 Julia Roberts/ Dolly Parton movie. She said she developed it with the late Ray Stark and others. Stark died in 2004.
According to the suit, in 1991 Sony acquired Rastar Productions, Stark’s company.
White is seeking a producing credit on the TV movie version or series of movies and also compensation of $5,00 per episode and a $10,000 bonus. She also wants a share of net profits.
She is asking that unless she gets a screen credit and is compensated, the court should stop the release of the Lifetime telefilm.
According to the suit White was told by the defendants her rights to a TV version were limited to the1992 TV movie where White was created as a co-producer, which White contends is false. She says she is entitled to royalties on any TV versions in the future.