Foundation claims distrib made no payments

BOSTON — Pubcaster WGBH has filed suit against Imax Corp. in U.S. District Court, claiming a failure to pay on its investment in the 1999 Imax feature “Island of the Sharks.” The giant-screen doc was a co-production of Nova/WGBH Boston and Howard Hall Prods. with the New England Aquarium.

The WGBH Educational Foundation claims it invested $2 million in the production but that Imax, distributor of the film, has made no payments under the agreement.

The film has been shown theatrically in Imax venues and was released on DVD.

In the lawsuit, WGBH accuses Imax of engaging in “self-dealing” and “inflating costs.”

The pubcaster also accuses Imax with misusing both “Island of the Sharks” and “Special Effects,” another WGBH-produced giant-screen film, for promotional purposes.

WGBH is asking for enforcement of the agreement as well as damages. Pubcaster confirmed the suit, but would make no further comment.

Imax is withholding comment until it has been served.

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