PRESS RELEASE

MINUTE TO WIN IT, LUXURY TRAP / LYXFÄLLAN

 

Starting a legal dispute and hiding agreement files to avoid paying over $20 million in royalty is an abusive tactic and not a way to do business.

Lawyers of Metronome and Endemol Shine advised Jock Millgårdh, co-founder of Swedish format company Friday TV, to lie under oath and cover up royalty fraud against our company Banner Universal Motion Pictures, BUMP. Jock Millgårdh, Endemol Shine's main witness in this matter, took his own life and committed suicide.

The three founders of Friday TV, Jock Millgårdh, Estelle Bodén, and Mattias Olsson, with Metronome / Endemol Shine Nordic's head of legal and business affairs Eva-Lotta Almkvist, created agreement files acknowledging our company's rights to "Minute To Win It", a gameshow which Jock Millgårdh and his colleague Mattias Olsson developed and sold to NBC based on a written pitch by BUMP's founder Derek Banner, "Minute Winner - You got one minute to Win it". The successful gameshow was later distributed in seventy territories and received FRAPA's title of world's most sold game show in 2011 and 2012.

The legal teams of NBCUniversal and Shine Limited informed in an email to Derek Banner that the matter was being resolved by Friday TV and Metronome, and Friday TV's CEO and co-founder Estelle Bodén informed in a separate email that their head of legal Eva-Lotta Almkvist will contact Derek Banner and BUMP. In the same weeks Derek Banner discovered evidence of agreement files between Metronome, Friday TV, and BUMP in Swedish language and stemming from Metronome's internet server. English translation of the agreement files evidence is below: 

file:///w:// Metronome / Agreement / Agreement Description / BUMP / MINUTE WINNER - MINUTE TO WIN IT - You got one minute to win it!
file:///w:// Metronome / Agreement / Agreement Description / FRIDAY TV AB / MINUTE WINNER - You got one minute to win it!

Swedish lawyers Lena Frånstedt Lofalk and Caroline von Heidenstam, who are both in charge of the matter for Friday TV and Metronome, partners at Swedish law firm NORD Och Co Ab (now called Kanter Advokatbyrå), decided to withhold and hide the agreement files in order to prevent Friday TV and Metronome from acknowledging Derek Banner and BUMP's rights to the gameshow and from paying royalties and profit share to Derek Banner and BUMP. Instead they started an unnecessary and abusive legal dispute. Their tactic prompted an internal conflict within Metronome and Endemol Shine and the three founders of Friday TV, Jock Millgårdh, Estelle Bodén, Mattias Olsson, and Metronome's head of legal Eva-Lotta Almkvist were forced to resign. 

It is known that Friday TV and Metronome previously established a profit share and royalty agreement with Caroline af Ugglas, a Swedish choir leader whose verbal idea was developed by Jock Millgårdh and Mattias Olsson and sold to NBC. The choir competition TV show, "Clash of the choirs" ("Körslaget"), was later adapted in seventeen territories. Swedish Caroline af Ugglas did not receive threats from Metronome's Swedish lawyers Lena Frånstedt Lofalk and Caroline von Heidenstam, contrary to the letter they sent to Derek Banner in which they threatened Derek Banner with: "all your activities will be closely monitored". Swedish Caroline af Ugglas did not have her telephone tapped or her private life violated, she was not called "Lycksökare", Swedish word for "gold digger", contrary to their explicit attempt to tarnish Derek Banner's name and image in the Swedish press. Swedish Caroline af Ugglas' rights to her verbal idea were respected by Metronome, Friday TV, and by their Swedish lawyers Lena Frånstedt Lofalk and Caroline von Heidenstam and she is paid royalties for her verbal idea and receives a profit share of "Clash of the choirs" without legal dispute, copyright claim, or any form of disagreement.

The actions of Friday TV and Metronome's lawyers Lena Frånstedt Lofalk and Caroline von Heidenstam towards Derek Banner and BUMP were motivated by racial and ethnic bias, with the sole intent to commit fraud against Derek Banner and his company BUMP.

There is absolutely no justification whatsoever for lawyers Lena Frånstedt Lofalk and Caroline von Heidenstam starting an abusive legal dispute with Derek Banner and BUMP and hiding Friday TV and Metronome's agreement files. There is absolutely no justification whatsoever for Metronome, Friday TV, Endemol Shine, and their lawyers Lena Frånstedt Lofalk and Caroline von Heidenstam not respecting Derek Banner and BUMP's rights to Minute To Win It gameshow proposal to Friday TV, while they have acknowledged Swedish Caroline af Ugglas' rights to a verbal idea and pay her royalties for the verbal idea. 

There is absolutely no justification whatsoever for Metronome, Friday TV, and lawyers Lena Frånstedt Lofalk and Caroline von Heidenstam forging documents with the intent to produce false evidence and to deceive Derek Banner and BUMP with regard to Luxury Trap, "Lyxfällan", which is another Derek Banner's TV show proposal to Metronome, Friday TV, and TV3 VIASAT (Nordic Entertainment Group), and which Metronome, Endemol Shine, and TV3 Channels have exploited for twenty-six seasons so far without license, rights acquisition, or payment to Derek Banner and BUMP.

There is absolutely no justification whatsoever for the legal team of Endemol Shine and lawyers Lena Frånstedt Lofalk and Caroline von Heidenstam ignoring settlement requests from their Danish colleagues.

The actions of lawyers Lena Frånstedt Lofalk and Caroline von Heidenstam and their handling of the matter are a result of a bad and poor judgement, and they are irresponsible, unprofessional, unethical, dishonest, deeply concerning, and fully unacceptable and must be rejected and condemned by everyone.

Their actions have put in jeopardy the career and life of former employees of Friday TV and Endemol Shine.

Endemol Shine would not exist if John de Mol was never paid for Big Brother.

BUMP continues to call on the officials of Metronome, Friday TV, and Endemol Shine Group to resolve this matter and pay for its successful work.

For more information please contact Derek Banner directly at:
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Direct phone: +45 - 20 90 43 43

 

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