While fans mostly only get to see the finished product once it airs on our televisions, laptops and tablets, a lot of work goes into making TV shows work. There’s often tension on set between departments, multiple plot directions to choose from and even your occasional contract dispute.
Gabrielle Union, star of BET’s Being Mary Jane filed a lawsuit against the television network this past Tuesday with claims that they’re attempting to maneuver their way out of paying her what was established in her contract.
According to Deadline, Union agreed to film two seasons of 13 episodes. However, her attorney, Marty Singer, claims that they’re now trying to “cram all of the episodes into a single season in order to fraudulently extend the term of Ms. Union’s contract.” Essentially, Union and her attorney feel that BET is looking to find a way to get Union to shoot an extended season of 20 episode but not pay her for going above the previously agreed upon 13 per season.
“While we hold Gabrielle Union int he highest esteem, we feel strongly that we are contractually well within our rights and are committed to reaching a swift and positive resolution in this matter,” said a BET Network representative in a statement.
Union is seeking $3 million in damages from the network and wants her contract to be amended to clarify that she signed on for a maximum of 13 episodes per season.
Hopefully this won’t present any major issues for all of the Being Mary Jane fans out there.
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