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Current TV-Keith Olbermann Cross-Complaint

Current TV-Keith Olbermann Cross-Complaint

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PAUL.WEISS.RIFKIND.WHARTON
&
GARRISONLLP2JayCohen(NYReg.No.1712462)
-ProHacVice
Pending3BruceBirenboim(NYReg.No.1867068)
-ProHacVice
Pending4AndrewG.Gordon(NYReg.No.2685352)
-ProHacVice
Pending5WilliamClareman(NYReg.No.4520995)
-ProHacVice
Pending61285AvenueoftheAmericasNewYork.NewYork100197Telephone:212.373.3000Facsimile:212.757.39908Email:
9KENDALLBRILL
&
KLIEGERLLPBertH.Deixler(CABarNo.70614)10LauraW.Brill(CABarNo.195889)RichardM.Simon(CABar.No.240530)1110100SantaMonicaBlvd.Suite1725LosAngeles.California9006712Telephone:310.556.2700Facsimile:310.556.270513Email:
14AttorneysforCurrentTV,LLC15
CONFORMEDCOpy
ORIGINALFILED
S{:PERIORCOURTOFCALlI'ORNIACOUNTYOFLOSANGELES
APR6-2012
JohnA.Clarke,ExecutiveOfficer/ClerkBY
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SUPERIORCOURTOFTHESTATEOFCALIFORNIACOUNTYOFLOSANGELES,CENTRALDISTRICT
OLBERMANNBROADCASTINGEMPIRE,CaseNo.BC48233518INC.andKEITHOLBERMANN,
CROSS-COMPLAINT
Plaintiffs.920
v.
CURRENTTV.LLCandDOES1-50,21inclusive,Defendants.2223CURRENTTV,LLC,2425Cross-Complainant,
v.
OLBERMANNBROADCASTINGEMPIRE,26INC.andKEITHOLBERMANN,2728Cross-Defendants.
KendallBrill
&
KliegerLLP
10100
Santa
MonkaBlvd.
Su~e
1725los
Angeles,
CA90067
CROSS-COMPLAINTBYDEFENDANTCURRENTTV,LLC
Judge:Hon.HollyKendigDept.:42ActionFiled:April5,2012
 
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CROSS-COMPLAINT
1Cross-ComplainantCurrentTV,LLC("Current"orthe"Company"),byitsattorneys,for2itscomplaintagainstCross-DefendantsKeithOlbermannandOlbermannBroadcastingEmpire,3Inc.("OBE,"and,togetherwithKeithOlbermann,"Mr.Olbermann")allegesasfollows:4
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NATUREOFTHEACTION
1.
OnApril3,KeithOlbermanntoldDavidLettermanandanationaltelevision6audiencethathisterminationbyCurrentTVwas"myfault"andthat"Iscrewedup."Twodays7later,heapparentlyforgotwhathesaid,filingafrivolousComplaintriddledwithfalsehoodsand8distortionsinwhichherefusedtotakeanyresponsibilitywhatsoeverforthattermination.The9Complaintlevelsaseriesof
adhominem
attacksontheprincipalsofCurrentwho,infact,have10donenothingwrong.CurrenthadeveryrighttoterminateMr.Olbermann'sservices,ratherthan11continuingtopayaprincelysumwhilereceivingapauper'sperformanceinreturn.2.Thisisanactionforbreachofcontractandadeclaratoryjudgment.Aswesetforth13belowandwillproveattrial,thefacts-asopposedtothefictioncontainedinMr.Olbermann's14Complaint-showthatCurrentactedwithinitscontractualrightswhenitterminatedMr.15OlbermannbyletterdatedMarch29,2012(the"TerminationLetter")(acopyofwhichisattached16asExhibit1hereto).Mr.Olbermanndid,infact,"screwup"anddidsowillfully;andhefailedto17fulfillhisobligationstosuchamaterialextentthatCurrentisentitledtoadeclarationbythisCourt18thatitisfreefromanyongoingobligationstohim.Inparticular,Currentseeksadetermination19thatitisnolongerobligatedtopayadimetoMr.Olbermannwho,havingalreadybeenpaid20handsomelyforshowingupsporadicallyandutterlyfailingtokeephisendofthebargain,now21seekstobepaidtensofmillionsmorefornotworkingatall.223.Justoveroneyearago,CurrentandKeithOlbermannreachedanagreementthat23promisedtoremakethelandscapeofcabletelevision:Mr.Olbermann-astapleofMSNBC's24primetimelineupsince2003andhostofitspopularshow"CountdownWithKeithOlbermann"-25agreedtojoinCurrentandbethecenterpieceofCurrent'sstrategytobecomethepremiere,26progressivecabletelevisionnetworkintheUnitedStates.27
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KendallBrill
&
KliegerLLP
10100SantaMonicaBlVd.Suite1725
los
Angeles.CA
90067
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CROSS-COMPLAINT
4.Thecontract,signedbythepartiesonJanuary22,2011(the"Agreement");'wasa2lucrativeoneforMr.Olbermann.Mr.Olbermannwasalsogiven,byhisowndescription,the3biggestandbeststaffhehaseverworkedwith.HewasalsonamedChiefNewsOfficerofCurrent4andofferedvariousrightstoconsultwithCurrentoverthenetwork'sotherprogramming.In5return,however,Mr.Olbermannwasobligatedtodofarmorethansimplyhost"Countdown."His6obligationstoCurrentwerecommensuratewithhisremuneration.Currentwasn'tsimplybuyinga7newspersonalityorananchorforasingletelevisionshow.Byenteringintothisdeal,Currentwas8makingalong-terminvestmentinMr.Olbermanntobuildandstrengthenitsbrandforyearsto9come.Toaccomplishthisobjective-thekeyobjectiveforCurrent-theAgreementnegotiated10andsignedbythepartieswasrepletewithprovisionsrequiringMr.Olbermannto"meaningfully11consult[withCurrent]withrespectto...businessdecisions,""participatewith[Current]inthe12creationofmarketingandpromotionalmaterials,""collaboratewith[Current]onopportunitiesto13buildthebrandnameofCurrentTVandCurrentMedia,""participatein[Current's]promotional14activities,"and"collaboratewith[Current]inconnectionwithopportunitiestoappearontalk15shows,magazineshows,newsandpoliticaleventsshows,"amongotherthings.16
5.
TheseprovisionsrequiringMr.Olbermanntocooperateandcollaboratewith17Currenttopromoteandgrowthenetworkweretheessenceofthedeal.Theyalsoreflected18Current'scorevaluesofcollaboration,respectforcolleagues,andintegrity.Inordertomeetthese19obligations,Mr.OlbermannmadeapersonalcommitmenttoworkwithCurrent'smanagementto20make"Countdown"thebestcablenewsshowontelevisionandtomakeCurrentanditsother21programmingthedestinationnetworkforprogressiveaudiences.Althoughthesewereambitious22goals,inmanyrespectstheyrequiredverysimplethingsfromMr.Olbermann.Amongother23things,theyrequiredMr.Olbermanntoshowupforworkfaithfully,communicatewithCurrent's24management,beaccessibletothemforconsultationandcollaboration,betransparentwiththe25
26
Fortheavoidanceofdoubt,asusedherein,the"Agreement"includesthe27inducementlettersignedbyMr.OlbermannasofJanuary22,2011,annexedtotheAgreementasExhibit1,andmadereferencetoinparagraph1oftheAgreement(the"InducementLetter").
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KendallBrill
&
KliegerLLP
10100SantaMonicaBlvd.
Suite1725
losAngeles,CA90067
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