NBC countersues Will & Grace creators
March 5, 2004
LOS ANGELES — NBC filed suit against the creators of Will & Grace in an
ongoing dispute over how negotiations for the TV comedy's renewal
were conducted in 2002.
Scene from the new season on SABC3 this month
The network filed a countersuit against David Kohan and Max
Mutchnick on Wednesday, claiming the pair failed to lead contract
talks as agreed.
In their December lawsuit, Kohan and Mutchnick said the network
and NBC Studios breached contracts and acted in bad faith.
The men accused the two companies of failing to shop the show to
the highest bidder, colluding instead to keep profits within the
NBC family. General Electric owns both companies.
In its counterclaim, NBC alleged the pair were expected to lead
negotiations between NBC and NBC Studios, which produces Will &
Grace, as an independent third party.
The intent was to avoid the appearance of a sweetheart agreement
between the network and its studio subsidiary.
An employee at Kohan and Mutchnick's office said Thursday that
they had no immediate statement.
Will & Grace, about a New York City interior designer and her
best friend, a gay lawyer, has won 12 Emmys since its creation in
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