Lifetime’s “Steel Magnolias” 2012 Sued by Movie’s 1989 Producer
According to a Hollywood Reporter story this week; Victoria L. White, who was an executive producer on the 1989 theatrical motion picture Steel Magnolias along with the late Ray Stark, filed a lawsuit Monday against Lifetime Entertainment, A&E Networks and Sony Pictures Television charging an upcoming TV movie based on that film is being made without her permission or an agreement for the underlying rights.
The suit says that White acquired the rights that were the basis of the 1989 movie starring Julia Roberts, Dolly Parton and others, and that she developed it with Stark — who died in 2004 — and others.
The suit notes in 1991 Sony acquired Rastar Productions, which was Stark’s company. She notes there was a 1992 CBS movie based on the same material and she was credited as a co-producer.
White says she is entitled to producing credit on the new TV movie or series of movies and compensation of $5,000 per episode plus a $10,000 bonus, and a share of net profits.
White asks the court to stop the release of the new Lifetime movie unless she gets a screen credit and her compensation.
The Hollywood Reporter did reach out to Lifetime for a comment and will update with any response.