Last year I became a big fan of the A&E Channel’s show called “Flip This House”. The show followed Richard Davis, and his company Trademark Properties, as they bought, renovated, and sold houses. I loved the show and Richard’s up-and-coming employee Ginger Alexander.
I waited to see new episodes. And I waited. And waited. And waited.
And finally realized there wasn’t going to be another show. At least not with Richard and Ginger. A&E had found some bogus “replacements” for the show, and it is now terrible.
Richard, Trademark Properties, and A&E are now embroiled in a legal battle over the show. Imagine my surprise to find a blog devoted to following the lawsuit! The site, Flip This Lawsuit, created by law student Mark Lyon is fantastic, and credit goes to Mark and his site for helping me get in-the-know about the situation.
The lawsuit filed by Richard and Trademark against A&E alleges:
- Davis came up with the idea for the reality-based television program about their property flips, and filmed a pilot in April 2004 and submitted it to A&E
- In June 2004, A&E expressed interest in televising such a show, and the network and Davis were to be 50/50 owners of the project, sharing in all revenues and profits
- A&E promised to submit a written agreement outlining these terms, but never did
- Davis and his company did 13 episodes of the show without a written agreement
- Davis was not compensated for the 13 episodes that were aired
- A&E stole the concept of the show and is now planning on televising a second season without any participation by Davis or any compensation paid to him
- A&E and Departure Films never intended to pay Davis any compensation or share in any net proceeds, and intended instead to use his ideas to A&E’s benefit
Naturally, A&E denies all of it. I’ll continue with the story in future posts to this blog.