Rod Lurie Claims Touchstone Used WGA Strike To Impeach His 'Commander-in-Chief' MoneyThu Sep 11, 2008 @ 10:25AM PST
By Eriq Gardner
We're a bit surprised we haven't seen more lawsuits emanating from last year's writers' strike. Especially after the words “force majeure" became the catchphrase around town.
Now, producer-director-writer Rod Lurie is suing Touchstone TV claiming he is owed $1 million for work — or non-work — on the cancelled series "Commander-in-Chief." The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, claims that after he was replaced as executive producer of the series, Touchstone satisfied its original "pay or play" contract with Lurie by signing a two-year, $3 million extension with him that apparently paid him for sitting on the sidelines in a consulting capacity. But Lurie claims that Touchstone used the WGA strike last year to wiggle out of its financial obligation to him.
Lurie is represented by Henry Gradstein.