Producer angry over script clause
Producer Robert W. Goodwin has sued DreamWorks for $1.8 million, alleging that production on a new television series was shut down and he was unfairly fired from his post as exec producer because DreamWorks founder Steven Spielberg “did not like the scripts.”The complaint, filed Monday in L.A. Superior Court, alleges that DreamWorks agreed to pay Goodwin — a former exec producer of “The X-Files” — $900,000 for 10 two-hour episodes of a new science-fiction series called “Taken,” to be shot in Vancouver. Goodwin alleges that he accepted the job because it was limited to a one-year term and it gave him an opportunity to work directly with Spielberg. According to the complaint, it was not a condition of Goodwin’s agreement that Spielberg be satisfied with the scripts nor did Spielberg ever refer to such a condition during several face-to-face meetings. But once production began, the suit alleged, DreamWorks attempted to remove the $900,000 guarantee and demanded that Goodwin make himself available for the project for some indeterminate amount of time. Finally, DreamWorks terminated Goodwin, telling him Spielberg was not happy with the scripts, the suit says. Goodwin, who is represented by attorney Richard Ross, alleges several causes of action for breach of contract and fraud, including a fraud claim that DreamWorks intentionally concealed from him that production of the series was contingent on Spielberg’s satisfaction with the scripts. The $1.8 million in alleged damages includes the remainder of the $900,000 guarantee, plus expenses. DreamWorks declined to comment on the lawsuit.