By: Amanda Anderson-Niles
We told you several weeks ago that Lionsgate had been slapped with a lawsuit over “Wendy Williams Show,” and it’s all because a former intern (Anthony Tart) is angry he had to do menial tasks such as handing out coffee to higher-ups and he wasn’t paid for his work.
Lionsgate has responded to the suit, and the company is asking the judge to toss it out since it’s well known that the internships offered are unpaid.
In fact, except admitting that Tart was an intern at WW Show in late 2012 and that he Lionsgate wasn’t paid, the 15-page response pretty much rejects everything else about the plaintiff’s complaint. Well, Lionsgate Entertainment Corporation also admits that it is “a multimedia corporation that operates in the motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, and other entertainment industries” and that producers Debar-Mercury is a Lionsgate subsidiary. Otherwise this filing in NYC federal court by Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP lawyers Christopher Parlo and Sam Shaulson is a collection of “no response is required” and “defendants deny the allegations.” Unlike many other studios, Lionsgate does not offer any compensation to its interns.