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Fox Has No Rights for ‘Valley of the Dolls’ Series, Estate Says

March 15 (Bloomberg) -- News Corp.’s Twentieth Century Fox Film unit doesn’t have the rights for a “Valley of the Dolls” television series it is developing, the estate of the late novelist Jacqueline Susann said in a lawsuit.

Fox, which obtained the rights for the 1967 movie, which became a cult classic, and a 1981 TV movie based on the novel, doesn’t have the rights for a television series it is developing with Lee Daniels, the director of “Precious,” according to a complaint filed yesterday in federal court in Los Angeles by Tiger LLC, the manager of Susann’s estate.

The estate accuses Fox of copyright infringement, breach of contract, among other claims, and seeks unspecified damages.

Entertainment news website Deadline Hollywood reported in September that Comcast Corp.’s NBC had bought the project that Daniels is set to write and direct from Fox.

Chris Petrikin, a spokesman for Twentieth Century Fox Film in Los Angeles, didn’t have an immediate comment on the lawsuit.

The case is Tiger LLC v. Twentieth Century Fox Film, 12-2183, U.S. District Court, Central District of California (Los Angeles.)

To contact the reporter on this story: Edvard Pettersson in Los Angeles at epettersson@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Hytha at mhytha@bloomberg.net.

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