News: "Rize" Makers "Clowned," Hit W/ Breach Of Contract Lawsuit
Wednesday, Nov 5, 2008 1:25PM
Krown Towers has sued the creators behind 2005's West Coast dance-based documentary Rize
for $30,000 claiming the company never received an agreed upon share of profits.
According to TMZ, the California corporation filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles yesterday (November 4) naming Lions Gate Films, Thomas E. Johnson AKA "Tommy The Clown," David LaChapelle and
other individuals responsible for the non-payment. Alleging breach of
contract and interference with existing contractual relations, Krown
claims there was a written agreement that granted them 25 percent of
the film's net revenue after pitching in their $30,000.
"Before making the motion picture
entitled 'RIZE,' as well as before making and generating replications
of the movie for purposes of DVD and other sales, Defendants -- were
fully aware and knowledgeable of the contractual obligation," the suit
read. "Each of the named Defendants in this cause of action profited
from the manufacture and sale of the 'RIZE' documentary, motion
picture, DVD, and other sales, without first obtaining Plaintiff's
written permission to move forward"
The company also stressed the individuals' intentional disregard to sell the product without obtaining Krown's approval.
"[They] were fully aware and knowledgeable of the contractual
obligation that Plaintiff KROWN TOWERS had to provide its written
permission to allow each of them to so manufacture and sell the 'RIZE'
product to members of the general public."
addition to demanding a trial by jury, Krown is also requesting
compensation for their monetary losses, attorney fees, punitive
damages, costs of the law suit and other further relief determined by a
Directed by famed fashion photographer David LaChapelle - who is known for his work with Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Lopez and Britney Spears - Rize
takes place in Los Angeles' inner city covering two dancing styles
known as clowning and krumping. Towards the end of the documentary,
both versions square off in a dance competition.
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