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    INXS sued

    Here you go Lois Lane,

    Reality TV producers sue INXS for $7.5m
    By Kim Arlington
    24-02-2006
    From: AAP

    THE Australian producers behind the reality TV show Rock Star are suing rock band INXS for more than $7.5 million, claiming they were sacked by the band without being paid.

    David Edwards and Michael Murchison allege that as executive producers of the CBS TV series they were entitled to a slice of the band's income from the project, but that they were dumped without getting their share.
    They are suing INXS Productions and individual band members for damages in the NSW Supreme Court.

    "We say that Michael and David took them through the whole Rock Star concept and as soon as ... the program started to generate real revenue, Michael and David were unceremoniously sacked," their solicitor, Mark Williams, said outside court today.

    According to court documents, the pair agreed with the band in 2004 to create and develop a TV show Rock Star: INXS.

    The series followed contestants as they auditioned to become the band's new lead singer, a role left vacant after Michael Hutchence died in Sydney in 1997.

    Band members Kirk Pengilly, Garry Beers and Tim, Andrew and Jon Farriss had been on the lookout for a new frontman, with Terence Trent D'arby and former Noiseworks singer Jon Stevens filling in before Rock Star delivered J.D. Fortune as a replacement.

    The 31-year-old Canadian has now joined a rejuvenated INXS as they tour the world with a new album.

    Mr Edwards and Mr Murchison claim that under their management agreements, they were entitled to 18 per cent of gross revenue from the Rock Star project and subsequent tours, as well as 15 per cent of revenue from related ventures including a book, website and merchandising.

    They allege they have not been paid and are seeking at least $US5,725,890 in damages about $7.75 million a figure that may rise alongside the band's income.

    However, the case could be delayed by legal proceedings involving the parties in California.

    Counsel for INXS, Sean Docker, today told Justice Patricia Bergin the band would seek a stay on the local proceedings.

    The judge set the matter down on March 31 for argument on whether the Australian case should proceed.

    Mr Edwards and Mr Murchison will apply to have a percentage of INXS's income from the agreement paid into a protected fund, pending the outcome of the legal battle.

    The dispute is the latest hurdle for a band that has sold 30 million albums, but struggled to resurrect itself after 37-year-old Hutchence was found dead at Double Bay's Ritz-Carlton Hotel.

    A coroner ruled his death was suicide.

    Last year Hutchence's family discovered that, despite his estimated fortune of up to $20 million, there was no money left in his estate and his share of INXS's bank balance was $572.

    Comment on the court case was being sought from the band.

    http://www.news.com.au/story/print/0...259212,00.html

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    Thanks for the heads up Original Sinner. That's too bad all around. It'll be interesting to see how this all turns out... There always seems to be a lawsuit when one of these shows airs. Didn't someone sue Heidi Klum, saying "Project Runway" was their idea?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OriginalSinner View Post
    Last year Hutchence's family discovered that, despite his estimated fortune of up to $20 million, there was no money left in his estate and his share of INXS's bank balance was $572.
    http://www.news.com.au/story/print/0...259212,00.html
    Wow, no wonder they needed to do the show

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    Quote Originally Posted by OriginalSinner View Post
    Last year Hutchence's family discovered that, despite his estimated fortune of up to $20 million, there was no money left in his estate and his share of INXS's bank balance was $572.
    So what happened to all that money? Hutchence blew it all or Fariss et al. usurped it? Remember a similar lawsuit a few years ago with surviving band members of The Doors?

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