Danger Comic heads to screen
She’s bold, she’s brave, now she is leaping off the pages of the “Danger Girl” comic book series into live-action development at UPN and Paramount Network TV. UPN and Paramount have struck a deal with producers Chuck Gordon and Adrian Askarieh to develop a drama series based on the Danger Girl comic book character created by J. Scott Campbell and Andy Hartnel. According to Variety, writer Analisa LaBianco has been enlisted to pen the small-screen adaptation of “Danger Girl.” LaBianco describes the TV rendition as “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” meets “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” The comic books revolve around the adventures of the members of an underground network of female spies that grew out of the government’s success in recruiting women for espionage duty during World War II.
Bad news for Winnie the Pooh
In a major setback to the Walt Disney Co. in the long-running Winnie the Pooh royalties’ case, a California appellate court Wednesday let stand potentially devastating jury instructions. Disney appealed an order imposing sanctions because it destroyed documents, including a filed marked “Pooh-legal problems.” A judge said that the jury could be told as a fact that Disney willfully suppressed evidence.
The Slesinger family, which holds North American rights to Pooh and has licensed them to Disney since the 1960s, claims it has been cheated of royalties by hundreds of millions of dollars. The family wants the money and the right to terminate the Disney license. The judge imposed monetary sanctions on Disney of $90,000 — a large amount for sanctions, but a small amount in a case with potential damages of $1 billion. Earlier this month, Disney announced it had reached an agreement with the heirs of A.A. Milne and E.H. Shepard, the Pooh books author and illustrator, under which the heirs would reclaim merchandising rights from the Slesingers and grant them to Disney. The Slesingers are contesting the agreement in separate litigation.
Queen Latifah busted
for drunk driving