Is There A Legal Dispute About STAR WARS: EPISODE 7 Already?

Will this delay filming?

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By KevMerica - 5/17/2014
 

Just as the 35mm Kodak stock 5219 film begins to roll on Star Wars Episode 7, a legal battle begins to emerge in regard to the films extras.  Mad Dog Casting, a casting agency based in the United Kingdom has filed papers in the High Court of London against former employee Eleanor McLaughlin in the amount of two hundred & fifty thousand pounds (about $405,000.00 in US dollars) after she quit the firm, started her own casting company and begun directly competing with her former employer as she tried to poach the Star Wars Episode 7 extras contract valued at 1 million pounds (about $1.4 million in US dollars).  Mad Dog is claiming that they had already entered mature negotiations a year ago to provide extras for crowd scenes that involve aliens and other creatures. 
 
McLaughlin, whose credits include Skyfall, Pirates of the Caribbean and World War Z is also being accused of stealing a database that included personal information of at least 1,000 individuals. She then allegedly promised there was work available for them at her casting company We Got Pop. She has denied these accusations.
 
I sure hope that something like this wouldn’t delay any of the filming, but I imagine it would be hard to shoot a practical crowd scene without any extras. The article seems to think it will. What do you think?
 
KevMerica

Source: The Daily Mail
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JoeMomma29 - 5/17/2014, 7:45 PM
Good find but who cares I am sure Disney will pay the ransom!
AgentZero - 5/17/2014, 7:53 PM
Disney is not concerned about this. The lawsuit doesn't involve them.

But this is kinda cheap so they could pay that for her
KevMerica - 5/17/2014, 7:57 PM
I just don't want something so silly to delay or impact the film in a negative way.
wookiefit76 - 5/17/2014, 8:39 PM
Nothing to do with Disney or the movie. It'll be between the 2 casting companies.
BritishMonkey - 5/17/2014, 8:40 PM
Slap them round the head and get on with things.
dethpillow - 5/17/2014, 9:13 PM
well there's actually possible reason to think a court might take it seriously enough to halt a movie until this was resolved, since the movie going forward could possibly be infringing on one party's rights.

like if a court let the movie move forward, every day of shooting would be further adding weight to the one person's grievances about it. it's not just money, but it's also loss of reputation and how that affects the casting agency who might have been setting up for a huge demand of business that fell thru.

so it's conceivable. but i doubt it. it just sounds like something that gets worked out or that would never end up reaching the point of affecting a huge production like this. i say, not gonna happen.
this kind of stuff is interesting tho.
AgentZero - 5/17/2014, 10:42 PM
whichever company has the contract with Disney is bound to fulfill it so production won't halt.

The settlement is between the two casting companies and that's something else entirely.
loki668 - 5/18/2014, 1:57 AM
Give both parties a "spork" and put them in the Thunderdome! Two idiots enter, one idiot leaves. To the victor goes the extras!!!
Canon108 - 5/18/2014, 2:54 AM
It's not slave labor, the extras can work for whomever they feel like...most likely the company that pays the most. Good luck trying to outbid Disney,lol
spidey212926 - 5/18/2014, 10:52 AM
Justice5 - 6/10/2014, 6:31 PM
From what I've heard Mad Dog takes MONTHS to pay extras whereas Pop pays a few weeks after the job. I'd rather work through a company that will actually pay me! The article reads as though a disgruntled employee of the losing company went to the Daily Mail and sold them half a story just to get back at Ms McLaughlin. Pretty sad in my book. If you're good at what you do then you win contracts. That's how it goes. Advice to Kev Merica - perhaps you should get your facts right before publishing such slander. Uni-versal Extras had the contract for the extras on 24 but lost out to competitors because they obviously dropped the ball. It happens. Love and war.... jog on!

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