A federal judge is signing off on an arbitrator’s award of $3.4 million in damages to Studio Solutions Group in its litigation with Media Development Corp. over the Taiwanese distribution rights to “Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” “The Master,” “Looper,” “Magic Mike” and other films.
U.S. District Judge George Wu issued an order on Thursday confirming the arbitration award, which also includes an additional $571,041 in pre-judgment interest, $8,824 in costs, $176,383 in attorney’s fees and $28,000 in arbitrators fees. He also dismissed a suit that MDC filed last year against SSG and its CEO Johnny Lin, claiming that they failed to disclose that SSG already had licensed some of the key titles in Taiwan. MDC’s counsel withdrew from the case earlier this year and the company failed to appoint new representation.
The dispute centered on six license agreements made in 2012 between SSG, a licensor of movies in Taiwan and other territories, and Taiwanese distributor MDC, the company co-founded by Wayne Chang. An IFTA arbitrator concluded in July that MDC paid $5 million but fell short of the $8.4 million requried in minimum guarantees. The arbitrator also concluded that SSG was entitled to terminate distribution rights.
A spokesman for SSG said that the company is looking to seek more than $20 million in additional damages from MDC.