Ashton Kutcher has been known for his reality projects whether it is his own life or through his television shows. His personal life has caught media attention and his production company has earned him a pretty penny through reality television shows, including the surprise prank show "Punk'd" and "Beauty and the Geek," a show that plays with societal norms.
Kutcher had planned to have yet America laughing in their homes as they watch yet another reality television show involving the comical characters and situations that arise in a government center. His planned DMV candid camera type show was set for production when the California Department of Motor Vehicles backed out, and Kutcher claimed a breach of contract with his production company, Katalyst Media Inc.
Katalyst filed the lawsuit in a Los Angeles court late this past month. In the lawsuit it claims that the California DMV had signed a contract which would allow the production company access to the building and the daily interactions of employees and their customers. According to Kutcher's camp, the show had already been promised to the TruTV channel. The lawsuit claims that it suffered at least $1.4 million in damages as a result of the breach.
The DMV has made it clear that they will not comment on an active lawsuit but did say that the decision to back out was made after it became apparent that the show would not be in the agency's best interests.
While Kutcher's production company may run into extra issues with this lawsuit because a state agency is a party to the contract, a clear and concisely drafted contract is vitally important in all situations.
Source: The Huffington Post, "Ashton Kutcher DMV Lawsuit: Katalyst Media Inc. Sue California DMV Over Breach Of Contract," June 20, 2012
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