Sony is fighting back after being hit with a lawsuit accusing it of trying to destroy the long-running soap opera “Days of Our Lives.”
The Hollywood Reporter’s THR, Esq., reports that Corday Productions, which is behind the NBC daytime drama, has sued the company alleging that it plotted to get rid of “Days.”
The story quotes the complaint saying: “While the domestic ratings for ‘Days of Our Lives’ have remained largely constant, Sony’s distribution receipts have decreased by over 50%. This dramatic decline is directly attributable to a decision at the highest levels of Sony management to eliminate any competition to its own wholly-owned Series ‘The Young and the Restless,’ also distributed by Sony. … In the annals of Hollywood television, it is difficult to identify a distributor more guilty of blatant conflict of interest, deceit, perfidy, and abuse of market power.”
Sony fired back this week, THR reports. In a demurrer aimed at dismissing a number of Corday’s causes of action, Sony’s lawyers are quoted writing: “Daytime soap operas face a difficult and evolving television market environment. There were once 18 different first-run network series; now, there are 4. And since 2011, plaintiff Corday’s series, ‘Days of Our Lives’ has finished last in the Nielsen ratings. Given the changes and challenges of the domestic and international markets, as well as ‘DOOL’s’ ratings, it is not surprising that ‘DOOL’s’ profitability has declined in recent years.”
We encourage readers to click on the link above to THR to get the rest of the details on this legal battle.