Universal Sues Romanian TV Outlet for $11 Million in License Fees (Exclusive)

The international arm of Universal Studios has sued a Romania-based broadcaster claiming more than $11 million in unpaid license fees for a series of movies and TV shows.

The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, accuses Societatea Romana de Televisiune (aka TV Romania) of entering into a five-year, nine-month contract with Universal Studios International to license studio films including 8 Mile, About a Boy and Do the Right Thing, and such TV shows as 30 Rock and Battlestar Galactica, for broadcast on stations in Romania and Moldova.

But when the bill came due, the broadcaster allegedly didn't pay up. When Universal complained earlier this year, TV Romania is said to have coughed up a small amount, but not nearly enough, the studio contends.

The suit for breach of contract and declaratory relief on behalf of Netharlands-based Universal Studios International was filed by Linda Burrow, David Zaft and Lennette Lee at LA's Caldwell Leslie & Proctor.

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