April 20th, 2012 by faye
Anger Management, the newest show of actor Charlie Sheen has been reportedly sued for $50 million by a former creative partner of the show’s producer, Joe Roth.
According to reports, Joe Roth, producer of Anger Management, has been sued by his former creative partner, Jason Shuman, for $50 million. Shuman claims that he worked for two years to develop the TV series, only to be ousted when Charlie Sheen signed on to the project.
Jason Shuman and his production company, Blue Star Entertainment, are suing Anger Management producer Joe Roth for breach of contract and fraud. In the suit, which was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday, Shuman claims that Joe Roth hired him to develop several projects, including Anger Management, which Shuman and his team reportedly began working on in 2008.
The pre-production work allegedly included fleshing out characters and storylines and meeting with TV honchos
The lawsuit states that “in June 2011, without warning or justification, Roth went silent and refused to answer any of Shuman’s emails or take any of his telephone calls.” Jason Shuman claims he eventually learned that Joe Roth was having a negotiation with actor Charlie Sheen to develop and star in the project.
Shuman claims that Roth and his production company, Revolution Studios, had “refused to honor its written producer agreement” with him and “takes sole credit” for the show’s development. He’s now seeking $50 million in damages owing to a loss of “receiving significant backend ownership in, and producer credit and fees on, the show.”
Meanwhile, Joe Roth is denying the accusations, saying, “Haven’t received the complaint. I’m aware of the situation and think it’s without merit.”
Charlie Sheen started production on Anger Management last month, and it’s set to premiere on FX on June 28.