Stanley Brooks fires back at AFTRA, WGAW
Attorney demands that he be taken off 'Do Not Work List'An attorney for Stanley Brooks has sent letters to AFTRA and the WGA West demanding that they remove his client, who was executive producer of the Logo series "Sordid Lives" and other series and TV movies, from their "Do Not Work List." The letter demands that the guilds stop telling their members not to do business with Brooks or his company Once Upon a Time Films.
The letter was sent Monday by Arnold Peter of the law firm Peter, Rubin & Simon to attorneys for the two guilds.
Brooks was placed on the "Do Not Work List" over the past month after companies he controlled failed to pay all the residuals owed to actors and the writer-director of the series, Del Shores. Brooks, through his reps, offered a settlement of 16 cents on the dollar, which the talent and then the guilds turned down. At that point, an attorney for Brooks said his company would be forced to declare bankruptcy, which to date it has not done.
The new legal letters say he should not be shunned because Brooks does not have a formal relationship with AFTRA or WGA and is not a signatory to either guild. It charges that telling guild members not to work for or associate with Brooks and his company, or develop projects with them, is potentially libelous.
An AFTRA arbitrator has previously ruled that Sordid Prods., the corporation that Brooks' company created to produce the 2008 comedy series, is the same as Once Upon a Time Films, which is why the guilds acted as they did toward both.
The WGA won an arbitration award against Brooks' company for $165,907.21 in November 2009 on behalf of Shores for rerun residuals, interest and penalties.
A third letter was sent to Shores demanding he not make any more statements they consider defamatory about Brooks or his company.
Shores had won a settlement for $151,585.72 through the DGA in November to be paid in five installments, but after Brooks' company made two payments, it defaulted on the rest of the settlement, leaving a balance of $83,689.32. Shores has been vocal in his unhappiness about the matter ever since.
Brooks' attorney also said Shores attempted extortion by threatening to go to the press if the money he had won in an arbitration was not paid.
Shores and many cast members have also complained that they have not been paid other residuals that Brooks' company collected but never distributed, according to information provided to guild members after the AFTRA arbitration hearing.