Lawsuit Sheds Light on Unpleasantness Behind the Scenes of Hit Cable Show

Aug 15, 2011  •  Post A Comment

A cable network’s $1.5 million countersuit against the former producer of one of its hit shows paints a picture of what the network calls an “intolerable” work environment allegedly created by the producer, according to The Hollywood Reporter’s Hollywood, Esq. blog.

The Food Network filed the countersuit against David Page, former producer of “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” saying it was forced to replace him as producer of the show. The countersuit follows a lawsuit filed in May by Page Television and Video Productions accusing The Food Network of breach of contract.

The network’s filing accuses Page of failing to deliver footage on time and mistreating the show’s staff, the story says.

According to the report: “TFN says that Page would send e-mails to staff members calling them, ‘a vile uninformed piece of sh–,’ ‘you are one f**cked up dumba** loser,’ ‘I hope you die so I can dance on your f**ing grave,’ and ‘lets assume im a genius from now on. . . lets all assume i know what the f*** im doing. . . this is no longer a democracy.’”

The countersuit also says Page continues to hold out material for the show and has delivered incomplete work for seasons 12 and 13 of the show.

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