Date: 2nd October 2000
Alleged plans by Universal Studios Home Video to distribute on video as many as 65 episodes of the animated THE X-MEN TV series resulted in a lawsuit being filed last week (SE00) by Saban Entertainment and Fox Children's Network to stop the plan.
The X-Men series is a major hit for Fox Children's Network. According to legal papers filed in the Los Angeles Superior Court, Universal "attempted to exploit the recent success of the X-Men movie, with which they had no involvement, by planning to release as many as 65 episodes of the animated X-Men."
In 1994, Saban licensed to PolyGram Video International the right to release videos or DVDs of certain episodes. "While Fox broadcasts the series, Universal, successor to PolyGram, is limited to the release of three episodes on one video per broadcast season," the filing stipulates. (PDD/BB)