Tori & Dean producer sued by talent agency over profits

The producers of the Oxygen reality series Tori & Dean have been sued by the talent agency that represents Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott over profits from the show. World of Wonder Productions was sued Friday by United Talent Agency, which put together the series by connecting Tori and Dean to the producers and selling their show to Oxygen, for “deceitful accounting and underpayment of profits to UTA.”

The Hollywood Reporter notes that “the agency says its deal entitles it to 5% of the show’s license fee, plus an additional 5% of gross license fees capped at 50% of net profits, plus 10% of adjusted gross receipts from the series,” and the agency “now alleges WOW is refusing to turn over its books for an audit.” The paper notes that “talent agencies usually try to avoid suing clients, fearful that the talent community won’t want to be represented by agents who might turn against them. So this suit is an especially aggressive move by the agency.”

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