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Paddington 2 is one of the most popular films in recent memory, and Entertainment One Films Canada says it is owed millions after The Weinstein Co. backed out of a distribution deal for the CGI smash hit.
EOne is suing TWC for breach of contract, claiming it had been promised Canadian distribution rights for the hit sequel but that TWC sold them to Warner Bros. instead.
According to a complaint filed Wednesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, eOne and TWC signed a 2006 output deal that included Canadian distribution rights for certain films. After TWC sold Paddington 2 rights to Warners, eOne terminated their output agreement and claims that move triggered repayment of a master advance.
Currently, eOne says more than $7.2 million of that advance hasn’t been repaid.
The Weinstein Co. didn’t immediately reply to a request for comment on the complaint, which is posted in full below.
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