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ITV, Gurneys reach settlement in legal skirmish

ITV and Scott and Deirdre Gurney (pictured) have reached a settlement in the litigation between the parties that began in 2016. In a statement issued from ITV on Wednesday (June 4) ...
June 5, 2019

ITV and Scott and Deirdre Gurney (pictured) have reached a settlement in the litigation between the parties that began in 2016.

In a statement issued from ITV on Wednesday (June 4) the network said the settlement “resolves all claims and issues asserted in the litigation between them to their mutual satisfaction.” The Gurneys, who founded Gurney Productions in 2005 and sold a 61.5% stake to ITV in 2012, will sell the remaining stake of the company to ITV as part of the settlement. The rest of the terms in the settlement are confidential.

The legal dispute began in 2016, when ITV moved to terminate the Duck Dynasty production duo from their company, accusing the Gurneys of “self-dealing, fraudulent concealment and breach of contract.”

The Gurneys, in turn, countersued in early 2017, alleging an “outrageous campaign of intimidation and extortion” to acquire the duo’s remaining interest in Gurney Productions for a deflated price point.

Deirdre and Scott Gurney, in their own statement, said: “We are excited about our next chapter and look forward to pursuing scripted and unscripted film and television projects we have in development.” ITV, meanwhile, also said: “”We wish Scott and Deirdre success with their next venture.”

(With files from Daniele Alcinii and Meaghan Kashty)

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Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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