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Agency countersues Williams

Agency for the Performing Arts fired back at “Home Improvement” producer Matt Williams and his production company Thursday in a countersuit that demanded some $ 700,000 in “package” commissions.

The suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, claims Williams and Wind Dancer Prods. owe the agency for negotiating the original contracts for the hit skein.

Contractual claims

“The Williams Group has wrongfully withheld and converted more than $ 700,000 of commissions which it is contractually bound to pay to APA,” the countersuit said.

Williams, creator and former writer on “Roseanne,” originally sued APA Jan. 25 to nullify the “packaging fees” obligations for “Home Improvement.”

He claimed the talent org negotiated the original deal but failed to continue performing contractual duties after agent Rick Leed left to become prexy of Wind Dancer.

Business ban

The original suit also contended that APA instructed agents not to do business with Wind Dancer and Williams and to bar them from the services of writers, actors and helmers repped by the agency.

In a statement, Wind Dancer chastised the APA for bringing the countersuit into the media spotlight.

“This is simply a response to a previously filed suit by Wind Dancer for breach of contract against APA. It is not Wind Dancer’s policy to try matters such as these in the media. We are surprised that APA would issue a press release in regards to their response to our suit,” the production company said.

The APA countersuit argued that Leed told the agency to give in because it could not afford to litigate against the Williams Group.

Talent hemorrhage

The talent agency has been losing clients over the last few months, including Rick Moranis, Steve Martin, Tony Bennett, Harry Connick Jr., Bernadette Peters, William Devane, Ned Beatty, Richard Thomas, David Shiner and Paul Sand.

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