Don Bellisario, creator of both "NCIS" and "JAG," has filed suit against CBS TV Studios seeking compensation for profits from the spinoff series "NCIS: Los Angeles," reports Deadline.com.
Bellisario’s legal team cites the right of "first opportunity" in his "NCIS" contract in which he was allegedly given the right "to participate creatively and economically in the development" of any projects derived from ‘NCIS.’"
CBS TV Studios responded with a statement dismissing the merits of the suit: "Don Bellisario has no rights to what he is claiming in this suit. The contract is clear, the facts are undeniable and the courts won’t need Naval intelligence to conclude that the case has no merit. We continue to honor all of our obligations to Mr. Bellisario under the actual agreement."