Warren Beatty Wins Dick Tracy Lawsuit

Warren Beatty 1962
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17th May 1962:  American film star Warren Beatty, younger brother of actress Shirley MacLaine, in London. Later, Beatty also became a film producer, scriptwriter and director.

A U.S. District Court judge has ruled in favor of actor Warren Beatty in a legal dispute with Tribune Media Services over the rights to famous crime fighter Dick Tracy.

Judge Dean D. Pregerson sided with Beatty on Thursday in the long-running dispute over the character actor portrayed in his 1990 hit film, Dick Tracy.

Beatty had sued Tribune Media, a unit of Tribune Co., back in 2008, claiming the company acted wrongly in trying to retrieve the character's rights, which it had assigned to Beatty.

Under the original 1985 agreement between the two parties, the rights to Tracy would revert to Tribune if "a certain period of time" lapsed without Beatty having produced another project.

Beatty said he began a Dick Tracy TV special on November 8, 2008, and gave Tribune written notice.

Judge Pregerson wrote that "Beatty's commencement of principal photography of his television special on November 8, 2008 was sufficient for him to retain the Dick Tracy rights."