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Reporter, Writer Reach Settlement (Daily Variety May 2, 1996)

Donna Balancia received a 6-figure settlement related to her misappropriated screenplay.

Donna Balancia received a 6-figure settlement related to her misappropriated screenplay.

Scribe Donna Parker has reached an out-of-court settlement with the Hollywood Reporter after she was fired for filing a lawsuit against International Creative Management.

Sources said Parker received a six-figure settlement from the trade paper, which dismissed her after editors ran a story about the lawsuit in the Reporter (Daily Variety, Dec. 19, 1995).

Sources said editor-in-chief and publisher Robert J. Dowling agreed to the settlement rather than answer questions that might have forced him to contradict info provided by several key defendants in the suit.

Parker, whose real last name is Balancia, filed a breach of contract suit against ICM, Brillstein/Grey Entertainment, Cap-Cities/ABC claiming that the defendants stole her idea for a sitcom based on a tabloid reporter.

Parker claimed in that suit that the first-year ABC series “The Naked Truth” was based on a 1990 pilot, “National Spy,” which she wrote, produced and directed, funded by a grant from the Aaron Spelling auteur program.

Neville Johnson, Parker’s attorney declined to comment on the settlement or specifics of the case, but said “She doesn’t have to worry for a long, long time.

 

Ed note: The lawsuit settlement cleared the way for another award for Balancia from defendants in the screenplay suit.

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