(CN) - A Florida company claims in court that entertainment firm ValCom sold rights to a 1990s children's TV show to Telemundo, even though it doesn't own the rights to the program.
Bridgeport Enterprises claims ValCom entered into a $40,000 licensing deal with non-party Telemundo for the rights to "AJ's Time Travelers" for the period of Jan. 1, 2012 until June 30, 2013 in the United States and Puerto Rico. But Bridgeport claims it owns the worldwide distribution rights to the show, excluding Indonesia.
Bridgeport bought the distribution rights to the program from non-party Macropower Development, the show's copyright owner, in a 10-year deal inked in 2009, according to the complaint in federal court in Los Angeles.
Telemundo has already paid $20,000 to ValCom on the agreement, but is allegedly holding the remainder "in escrow pending the resolution of this dispute between Plaintiff and Defendant."
Bridgeport seeks a declaration that it holds the sole distribution rights to "AJ's Time Travelers" for the period between June 2009 and June 2019, and that ValCom holds no rights to the show.
Bridgeport is represented by Peter Shimamoto and Keith Wesley of Browne George Ross in Los Angeles.