Snoop Hit with $250,000 Lawsuit Over Reality Series
Natural Resources Media and Technology Group, based in New York, has hit Snoop Dogg with a $250,000 breach-of-contract lawsuit over the rights to a proposed reality series based on the rapper's Snoop Youth Football League. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Natural Resources claims that the Youth Football League Foundation entered into an agreement with the firm to produce a reality series chronicling Snoop and his team's activities leading up to the planned "Snooperbowl" chamionship game, which was a breach of a pre-existing contract with 20th Century Fox to develop and distribute Coach Snoop a feature film in the same vein. When Fox learned of the plans, their Sr. VP of legal affairs Michael Ross sent a notice to Natural Resources and other parties involved in the show's development, informing them of Fox's "exclusive rights to portray Snoop in any motion picture or television project or other production based on Snoop's involvement with his sons' football teams and leagues." In Natural Resource's lawsuit, filed against Snoop last week in New York Supreme Court, the company claims that they immediately halted production on the reality series and requested that the Snoop Youth Football Foundation rectify the breach. According to Natural Resources attorney Bradley Rosen, the Foundation did not respond to the request. The company is now seeking $250,000 in damages and attorney's fees from Snoop and the Youth Football Foundation.