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LMNO’s Eric Schotz launches new production company

In the midst of a legal dispute with Discovery, Schotz is starting Anvil 1893 Entertainment reportedly to focus on factual, feature doc and scripted programming.
September 13, 2016
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LMNO Productions president and CEO Eric Schotz is launching a new production company called Anvil 1893 Entertainment.

As first reported by Deadline, articles of incorporation for Anvil 1893 were filed with the California Secretary of State on Aug. 1. According to that news story, the company already has a project set up at History, but a deal has not been finalized. Deadline also reports the company will focus on producing factual, feature doc and scripted programming.

LMNO Productions, which is in the midst of a legal dispute with Discovery Communications, will continue to operate.

LMNO has produced several reality series for Discovery-owned cable networks such as TLC and Investigation Discovery. In June, the media giant terminated contracts for six of the company’s shows, including The Little Couple, following an audit of the prodco’s books.

LMNO responded by filing a US$7 million breach-of-contract lawsuit alleging copyright infringement and accusing Discovery of trying to “steal” its titles by creating unauthorized derivative works.

On Aug. 1, Discovery countersued, accusing LMNO of keeping two sets of books and overstating production budgets to get the company to foot the entire bill for both fully commissioned programs and copros, for which the two parties agreed to split costs and rights.

Last week, the prodco filed a motion to have Discovery’s countersuit dismissed on grounds that Discovery is failing to offer sufficient facts to support its claims. The case has yet to go to trial and all allegations detailed by both sides are unproven.

 

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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