A former senior producer at Jennifer Lopez‘s Nuyorican Productions is taking the company to court for breach of contract. In a five-claim complaint filed today in LA Superior Court, Brian Schornak is alleging that he was removed from the company’s shows like The Fosters and South Beach Tow and eventually forced out. And Schornak is very specific about who is to blame for that: former manager and producer Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas who was brought on board Nuyoricann in March but is not a defendant in the lawsuit, however. The complaint (read it here) claims she accused him of stealing from Nuyorican and relentlessly tried to get rid of him. ”Elaine demoted Plaintiff and attempted to push Plaintiff out, or get him to quit,” the complaint claims. Schornak says he was “compelled” to resign from Nuyorican earlier this year. In addition to breach of contract, the complaints claims breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, as well as violations of the California labor code. Schornak is seeking unspecified compensatory, general and special damages in a 3-day jury trial. He is represented by Stephen Kernan of Santa Monica’s Kernan Law Firm.
AOL unveiled its slate of original programming today featuring more than 15 Web series targeting specific audience demographics in partnership with the likes of Jennifer Lopez’s Nuyorican Productions (Tiger Beat Entertainment), Mark Burnett (CliffsNotes Films) and Vuguru (Little Women, Big Cars). Each series will be programmed and distributed across AOL Huffington Post Media Group sites and many will be produced in-house at AOL Studios in Los Angeles and New York; some go live today and others will be rolled out over time. Here’s the slate: