Suit based on rights from 'Star Trek' episode
Harlan Ellison has settled his lawsuit against CBS Paramount over its alleged failure to pay him for the merchandising, publishing and other exploitations of “City on the Edge of Forever,” an episode of the original “Star Trek” series that he wrote.
Ellison made the disclosure Thursday in a posting on his website, Harlanellison.com, but did not disclose terms of the settlement.
“I am pleased with the outcome,” Ellison said. Ellison, who filed the suit in March in federal court in Los Angeles, also sued the Writers Guild of America for its alleged failure to act on his behalf but sought only $1 in damages plus attorneys fees and court costs from the guild. CBS Paramount and the WGA had no comment.
The suit accused CBS Par and the WGA of breaching the collective bargaining agreement and also accused the guild of breaching its duty of fair representation. The episode, which centered on time travel and starred Joan Collins, first aired in April 1967 and won the WGA teleplay award and a Hugo award.
Ellison’s suit accused Paramount of failing to notify him about the “Crucible” trilogy of books based on the teleplay and merchandising that included a “talking” Christmas ornament.