Lawsuit Filed By Literary Scout Who Obtained Twilight

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 Thirsday [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.”

TY to Amanda Bell, the Twilight Examiner for pointing out the story

Comments

  1. why would she just now be filing a lawsuit? wouldn’t she have done that in early 2009 when the movie had earned millions??

    • Because she can. Lawsuits have “time limits” or legal term statute of limitations on them like criminal offences i.e. seven years for sexual assault for a victim to file in some states. She could be in the time frame still because the films are still ongoing. And who knows this maybe the first time its gone public she could have started out trying to keep it out of courts. Whether she will win depends if it is written down in a contract she has a better chance of win AND she deserves more than 20K off of the 1.8 billion dollar value.

  2. Doesn’t anyone care about grammar and spelling anymore? There are at least five errors in that piece!! Yikes…

    • Twilight_News says:

      That’s why we put in the “SIC” on the most glaring one, to indicate that it was not our typo. We are just quoting the primary source and their errors.

    • Well I love how not once did they spell The LightNing Thief right lol.

  3. I’m not buying this woman’s story. Why would you wait until the final movie is being filmed to file a lawsuit? I think this lady is just money hungry.

  4. If there is a contract that they signed, then no big deal. They have to pay.

    Always get it in writing!

  5. I agree with Ali Evans. Why now? How long does a lawsuit like this take once a claim has been made?

  6. If she’s owed the money, she’s owed the money — but I think that would likely depend on whether it’s in writing, as AlbertaJenn says.

    The delay on filing the suit doesn’t seem that strange to me. Once you sue someone, no one trusts you (lest you sue them, too), plus you’re likely embroiled in the suit for years, and thus your career may essentially be over.

    So, I assume, one would try every other means possible (including patience) before doing so.

    Then again, I still don’t understand why Summit needs to raise money to pay their own investors after bringing in… how many millions/billions? Is that right??

  7. Nothing is ever completed in Hollywood (for the most part) that a written contract isn’t signed. If there isn’t a contract signed up and ready, then technically speaking it didn’t happen. If she was a scout working for the company, she would have had a signed contract with that company. If she discovered a franchise and passed it on to a company, she might get a “Finders” fee compensation and such, but there are still contracts to be signed. Most people in Hollywood are terrified of getting sued, so they are pretty good about getting contracts drawn up and signed for just about anything.

    Now if she told her best friend who happens to no somebody at a studio about a certain possible project, and her friend tells the studio exec about it… She isn’t owed anything. That is no different than recommending a car to a friend…

    In short, if she doesn’t have a solid contract stating that she would get compensation, then she doesn’t have any legs to stand on.

    As for Summit raising money to pay investors. You have to realize that while Summit has made loads of money off the Twilight Saga, most of that money will go to finance future movies. In order for Summit to keep in business they have to create and market more movies than just the Twilight Saga. Unfortunately for them, most of their non-Twilight related properties haven’t been great money makers for them, so if I was them, I’d put back as much as possible until I get my next cash cow.

  8. i have nothing nice to say about this women fileing a lawsuit. i would love to call her the B word but my mama taught me manners when i was young. So i am just hoping that she wont get any money at all.

    • Like somebody already said, why did she wait so long to file the lawsuite in the first place. If Summit or any of their relations did her wrong, then she should have taken care of business early on. Her actions don’t speak well of her, and in fact make her sound greedy…

      I hope Summit and co stand up to her and don’t give in. Too many studios give in over frivelous lawsuites… such as Sony when White Wolf sued them over Underworld. Not only had the creators never played any of White Wolf’s RPG’s. The accounts of apparent stealing, were so vague and nondescript that any regular judge would have thrown it out. Sony though opted to pay them in a settlement. Many studios do that just to keep things quiet. This behavior has led to many making it rich off of greed…

      • That’s unfair. We don’t know what she’s been doing before this; likely, it was trying to work with the company to get her money. Court is expensive and time-consuming (and for some reason, people judge others who go to court), and any smart person would avoid it as much as possible.

        Also, it’s not greedy to want what is rightfully yours.

        • As I’ve stated, everything will come down to what her contract agreement stated. If Summit and co promised a set amount and didn’t deliver, then they will have to pay her, as it is contractual and binding. Production companies have hoodwinked people before (remember Peter Jackson and New Line Cinema), but it is very uncommon…

          If my intuition serves me right, and it usually does. Summit paid her based upon a forecasted % of what they believed the Twilight Saga would make. As you might recall, the first Twilight movie was made on around $25 mil. Based upon the early projections they weren’t planning on it making over $80 mil or so. Granted even if it made $80 mil, it would have still been a success. However, in the end, Summit made close to $295 mil in the US alone.

          The francise made Summit a LOT more money than they projected, and I’m sure that Nanette’s legal council, after seeing the Saga monumental success, stated that she was owed more money, by “definition” of her contract. In reality, most people that work in Hollywood have lawyers and such for legal council. Everyone that I know is connected one way or another to a lawyer.

          As touching her lawsuit… It’s ultimately going to come down to what her contract says. If it doesn’t explicitly say she’s owed more money, or that if the franchise produces more money than what was expected, she’d get more, then she’s not owed anything else.

  9. when I first started reading about another lawsuit I thought “here we go again. More crazy people.” This one actually sounds legit. She was paid some money, but not all. I understand reporting on it here has to do with the fact it’s twilight related, but honestly it’s pretty straight forward and not really something that effects the franchise. I guess what I’m saying is, I don’t quite understand why so many people are all “Do not trust her! She’s a tramp!” or something to that degree.

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