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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Lawsuit Filed By Literary Scout Who Obtained Twilight

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According to The Hollywood Reporter:

“A woman who claims credit for discovering Twilight as a potential feature film is demanding payment for her role in helping launch one of Hollywood’s biggest movie franchises.

Nanette Shipley says in a lawsuit filed Thursday [sic]in Los Angeles Superior Court that she was “a literary scout,” whose job was to find potential feature films for Maverick Films. Shipley claims enormous success, helping Maverick find and obtain the rights for two motion pictures, Twilight and The Lighting Thief. She says her complaint against Marverick and topper Mark Morgan that she was promised $75,000 for her work in connection with Twilight and $100,000 for her work in connection with The Lighting Thief. 

She says she’s only been paid $20,000 and wants the outstanding $155,000 plus legal costs.” 

See more on THR.

It should be noted that this lawsuit is filed against Maverick Films which is now known as Imprint Films. It is not part of Summit Entertainment. In layman’s terms Summit is an umbrella group working with other groups such as Imprint and others such as Wyck Godfrey’s Temple Hill Entertainment to pull off the Twilight movies. In a way think of it like a construction firm that hires a bunch a subcontractors. The head of the construction management isn’t involved if one of the subcontracted electricians is claiming his paycheck doesn’t reflect the right overtime, he has to deal with his boss, not the guy that his boss is then doing business with.

At the time of this article we couldn’t locate an official website for the company, just their facebook page. The description of their company reads:

“Imprint Entertainment, which is based on the Universal Studios Lot in Burbank, California, was founded by Michael Becker and Mark Morgan in 2008. The company is a full service film / television production and management company.

Imprint Entertainment has over two-dozen projects currently in development, pre-production and production. The Company’s most recent films Twilight, and Twilight Saga: New Moon, based on the best-selling novel by the same names for Summit Entertainment, was released in November 2008 and November 2009, respectively. The company also produced The Stepfather for Sony Screen Gems and Hit and Run for MGM, and is in post-production on the independent film Slightly Single in LA.

Imprint Entertainment’s management division currently represents a range of clients for film and television, which include platinum selling music artist Soulja Boy, as well as the newly signed Slip N Slide artist and actress Drew Sidora. Imprint also represents top music video director Dale “Rage” Resteghini and film and television writers Reed Steiner, Dyan Traynor, Joany Kane, Jay White, James Bird among many others.” 

Thanks to our Elite Affiliates Twi Examiner and Twi Lexicon for the tip! Via @twilightlexicon Via @twiexaminer.

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