If only the annual Oscar telecast was this entertaining.
Per a Hollywood, Esq. dispatch from THR senior writer Daniel Miller, some 2011 correspondence between the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and Edwardsville, IL special events firm TheEventLine.com has escalated into a 2012 lawsuit filed last week. At issue are the eight-foot-tall golden statue props provided by Event Line for special functions.
In response to last year’s AMPAS letters, Event Line changed the name of the prop from “Oscar statue” to “Telly statue” and made alterations to the statue’s appearance. But after some February subterfuge, this now looks to be headed to the courtroom:
According to TheEventLine.com president Robert Hollingsworth, the person sent by the Academy to the [Atlanta] warehouse used a “false name, false address and false purpose” to gain access to the facility and took unauthorized photographs of the Telly Award statuettes and other TheEventLine.com products.