In the presence of incriminating evidence against their clients, Swedish lawyers Caroline von Heidenstam and Lena Franstedt Lofalk, partners at law firm Kanter Advokatbyrå, advised their clients Friday TV, Metronome, Endemol Shine, to hide agreement documents to avoid to pay royalties and thereby to commit fraud against BUMP. A main witness they advised to make false statements under oath has committed suicide.
Derek Banner is founder of Banner Universal Motion Pictures, BUMP.
in 2003 he created MINUTE TO WIN IT, originally called MINUTE WINNER - You got one minute to win it!, a television game show concept which in November 2005 he pitched to Metronome and Endemol Shine owned Friday TV's co-founders Jock MIlgårdh and Mattias Olsson. Derek Banner was accompanied by Massimo Locci who was present at the pitch meeting in Stockholm. After the meeting Derek Banner followed up with an email to Jock Millgårdh which contained ten new TV format proposals, in the same email Derek Banner included the four page "Minute Winner" format pitch.
Friday TV and Derek Banner's company BUMP established a working relationship between 2005 - 2007 during which BUMP pitched a number of TV format proposals to Friday TV, including Minute Winner, Celebrity Birthday, Papa Can Dance (About the oldies), Luxury Trap (Lyxfallan), etc. The two companies signed an agreement on one of the formats "Celebrity Birthday", and Friday TV was to further develop "Celebrity Birthday" to a full format and pitch and sell the format to third parties worldwide.
In an email to Friday TV's Jock Millgårdh in 2007 Derek Banner sent another fourteen page extended derivative version of "Minute Winner", entitled "Read Your Fortune", which he created in 2004, a year after creating "Minute Winner", which presented details such as "million dollar prize", "ten sample games", "increasing prize ladder", "trying the games at home", "Christmas edition", "Games in schools", etc.
Jock Millgårdh and Mattias Olsson further developed in 2007 MInute To Win It using details from the derivative version "Read Your Fortune". They made an animated promo video and in 2009 they pitched the gameshow concept to NBC.
NBC aired "Minute To Win It" the following year in 2010. The gameshow was later adapted in seventy territories, distributed by NBCUniversal and Endemol Shine International. "Minute To Win It" was awarded FRAPA's title of "World's most sold gameshow" in 2011 and 2012.
In an email to Jock Millgårdh and Friday TV's CEO and co-founder Estelle Bodén in September 2011 Derek Banner and BUMP inquired about "Minute To Win It" and demanded royalties. After a number of email exchange Friday TV informed that their and Metronome's Legal Counsel Eva-Lotta Almkvist will contact Derek Banner. The legal teams of NBCuniversal in US and Shine TV Limited in Uk also confirmed in separate emails that Metronome and Friday TV were resolving the matter.
In the same weeks Derek Banner discovered links to agreement files stemming from Metronome and Friday TV's Internet servers in Stockholm, agreement files created in Swedish language. Below is an English translation:
file:/// w // Metronome / Agreement / Agreement Documentation / Friday TV / MINUTE WINNER - You got one minute to win it!
file:/// w // Metronome / Agreement / Agreement Documentation / BUMP / MINUTE WINNER - MINUTE TO WIN IT - You got one minute to win it!
The above agreement files evidence show that Jock Millgardh and Friday TV acknowledged Derek Banner and BUMP's rights to Minute To Win It.
in a letter to Derek Banner of 7 February 2019 Endemol Shine's lawyer in London, Caroline Kean, confirmed that Friday TV's legal counsel downloaded files from BUMP's website which she preserved for use as evidence. The two downloaded files were entitled "MINUTE WINER - You got one minute to win it!" and "MINUTE WINNER - MINUTE TO WIN IT - You got one minute to win it!".
As shown in the aforementioned files evidence discovered by Derek Banner from Friday TV and Metronome's servers, the two downloaded files from BUMP's website were used as documentation in the two agreement files created by Friday TV's legal,counsel Eva-Lotta Almkvist. The two files have been used to serve as evidence and documentation in Friday TV's acknowledgement of Derek Banner and BUMP's rights to Minute To Win It.
Despite Friday TV's acknowledgement, however, Swedish lawyers Lena Franstedt Lofalk and Caroline von Heidenstam advised their clients to hide the agreement files with the intent to prevent Friday TV and Metronome from resolving the matter with Derek Banner and BUMP, and thus so they could avoid to pay over twenty million dollars in royalties and profit share for "Minute To Win It".
This is despite the fact that Friday TV and Metronome previously paid royalties and profit share to a Swedish choir leader, Caroline af Ugglas, on the basis of a verbal idea which Jock MIlgårdh and Matias Olson developed into a TV format and sold it to NBC, "Clash of the choirs". They paid royalties and profit share for the verbal idea without dispute from the two lawyers, or copyright claim.
There was therefore no justification or basis for Swedish lawyers Caroline von Heidenstam and Lena Franstedt Lofalk to start a copyright dispute on Derek Banner and BUMP's game show proposal to Friday TV. They used copyright as a pretext for starting a legal battle and to force the matter to a court trial. Their actions were not a business decision but were rather purely motivated by bias and racial discrimination towards Derek Banner, they were determined to deceive and defraud a minority.
The two lawyers also assisted Friday TV and Metronome with forging documents with the intent to produce false evidence with regard to Luxury Trap, "Lyxfällan", which is another Derek Banner's TV show proposal to Metronome, Friday TV, and to TV3 VIASAT (Nordic Entertainment Group), and which their clients Metronome, Friday TV, and Endemol Shine, together with TV3 VIASAT Channels in Sweden, Denmark, and Norway have been exploiting for now more than twenty-six seasons without license, rights acquisition, or payment of royalties to Derek Banner and BUMP.
The two lawyers have had no prior experience in international TV formats dispute, and they have ignored settlement requests made to Derek Banner by their Danish colleague, Kasper Frahm, partner at law firm Plesner in Denmark. And putting aside all ethics and professional integrity they issued threats to closely monitor all Derek Banner's activities, including online, telephone, etc. They went out of their way to undermine Derek Banner's work, attempted to tarnish Derek Banner's name and reputation in the Swedish press, and completely abused of their client's dominant position. They deliberately registered Derek Banner and BUMP's trademarks in their clients' name simply to undermine Derek Banner and his company's activities.
The three founders of Friday TV, Jock Millgårdh, Mattias Olsson, Estelle Bodén, and their legal counsel Eva-Lotta Almkvist resigned in protest from Friday TV and Endemol Shine.
Lawyers Caroline von Heidenstam and Lena Franstedt Lofalk later ill-advised Jock Millgårdh to lie under oath in a written witness statement to the Swedish and English courts in order to cover up their royalty fraud against Derek Banner and BUMP.
Jock Millgårdh later committed suicide in early January 2019.
In an interview with C21Media following Jock Millgårdh's death, NBC's co-chairman of entertainment Paul Telegdy affirmed that "Jock Millgårdh pitched Minute To Win It to NBC" in 2009, also stating that Jock Millgårdh "was the heart of the concept". These statements contradict what Jock Millgardh described under oath in his witness statements to the Swedish and English courts. They confirm that Jock Millgårdh perjured himself.
Jock Millgårdh, Mattais Olsson, and Estelle Bodén were all Executive Producers on NBC's Minute To Win It.
Derek Banner and BUMP are pursuing the matter and demanding royalties from Friday TV, Metronome, Endemol Shine, NBCUniversal, etc.