Claiming he was fired without cause or notification, Alex Ben Block has filed a $2 million lawsuit against Morgan Creek Prods.
Block, a former editor of the Hollywood Reporter, said Morgan Creek CEO James Robinson fired him as prexy of marketing after less than a month on the job.
In a complaint filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Block alleged that he was fired without notice or cause after Morgan Creek convinced him to leave the Reporter with promises of substantial compensation and involvement in all phases of the company.
Robinson “regularly solicited” Block’s advice on financial and marketing issues while he was at the Reporter and began talking with him about possible employment with Morgan Creek last year, Block said.
The deal they finally worked out last fall included a base salary of $250,000, an annual guaranteed bonus of $50,000, a $60,000 loan and a percentage of the company’s pre-tax income, the suit said.
Block was also to get a $250,000 severance payment if terminated within the first two years, he said.
Block began work on Nov. 9 last year and was fired Dec. 3. He was not given his severance payment, bonus or loan, the suit said.
The complaint seeks at least $2 million in compensatory damages plus unspecified punitive damages.
A Morgan Creek rep did not return calls seeking comment.