Discovery Communications has won a major legal battle in its bitter falling out with LMNO Entertainment, which produced numerous reality shows for the giant media company’s cable networks. On Friday, A U.S. magistrate judge in Los Angeles recommended that a District Court judge order LMNO to turn over the [third] season of 7 Little Johnstons, which Discovery said was being “held hostage” by LMNO.
In his 13-page ruling (read it here), Judge Steve Kim found that under its contract, Discovery had the right to terminate its agreement with LMNO “at any time and without cause,” and that once LMNO had been paid, it would have to “promptly deliver to Discovery all program materials of any kind produced as of the date of termination.”
Source and more: Deadline
The issue at hand now is who keeps footage and other material from the [third] season of 7 Little Johnstons while the litigation is pending.
A master agreement between the two parties dictates that Discovery can terminate any program at will and, as long as the network reimburses LMNO for out-of-pocket costs, it will retain all of the relevant program materials.
Source and more: THR
As things stand, 7 Little Johnstons remains cancelled.
Will Discovery release the third should it gain possession of the series? Will the network produce additional seasons on its own? Or will 7 Little Johnstons remain cancelled forever, no matter the outcome of the legal battle?
Stay tuned for the very latest updates on the cancellation status of 7 Little Johnstons…