Telemundo countersues TV Azteca


MEXICO CITY -- Telemundo has filed a counter lawsuit against Mexican network TV Azteca seeking unspecified damages for an incident that forced the U.S. Spanish-language broadcaster to shut down production on a reality show. NBC Universal's Telemundo is caught in the middle of a heated legal dispute between Miami-based producer Nostromo and TV Azteca. Nostromo produces "Quinceanera" in Mexico, a reality TV program that airs on Telemundo. In doing so, Azteca claims Nostromo is violating an exclusive contract between the two companies. The conflict boiled over several weeks ago when armed police and Azteca security guards stormed Nostromo's Mexico City studio to stop the production of "Quinceanera" after a Mexico City court issued the order for the work stoppage. Telemundo on Thursday filed the counterclaim to an August lawsuit brought by Azteca in a Miami court. Azteca insists the situation was handled "in a legal and peaceful manner."