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 with the intent to resolve their dispute with BUMP concerning "Minute To Win It", a gameshow which Jock Millgårdh and Mattias Olsson developed and sold to NBC based on a written pitch and proposal 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 BUMP. Shortly after, within the same weeks, Derek Banner discovered evidence of Metronome and Friday TV's agreement files with BUMP in Swedish language, which English translation 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!

Lena Frånstedt Lofak and Caroline von Heidenstam, who are both lawyers 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 resolving the matter with BUMP, and instead they started a 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 head of legal Eva-Lotta Almkvist, were forced to resign. There is no court opinion or judgement with regard to Friday TV and Metronome's agreement files with BUMP.

In a similar case, Friday TV and Metronome established a profit share and royalty agreement with Swedish Caroline af Ugglas, a choir leader whose verbal idea was developed and sold to NBC by Friday TV's founders Jock Millgårdh and Mattias Olsson, 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 Lofak and Caroline von Heidenstam, contrary to their letter to BUMP's founder 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 their Swedish lawyers Lena Frånstedt Lofak 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 or court battle.

The actions of Friday TV and Metronome's lawyers Lena Frånstedt Lofak 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.

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There is absolutely no justification whatsoever for lawyers Lena Frånstedt Lofak and Caroline von Heidenstam starting a 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 Lofak and Caroline von Heidenstam not respecting Derek Banner and BUMP's rights to Minute To Win It gameshow proposal to Friday TV,

There is absolutely no justification whatsoever for Metronome, Friday TV, and lawyers Lena Frånstedt Lofak 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 proposal to Metronome, Friday TV, and TV3 VIASAT (Nordic Entertainment Group), and which Metronome, Endemol Shine, and TV3 Channels have so far exploited for twenty-six seasons 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 Lofak and Caroline von Heidenstam ignoring settlement requests from their Danish colleagues.

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

Their actions put in jeopardy the career and life of former employees of Endemol Shine. Jock Millgardh and his Friday TV co-founders' were resolving the matter with BUMP and acknowledged BUMP's rights to Minute To Win It through their agreement files with BUMP, but they were forced to resign and their reputation was being tarnished by lawyers' ill-advice and abusive conduct.

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

BUMP reiterates its request to the officials of Metronome, Friday TV, and Endemol Shine Group to pay for BUMP's 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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