NBC is suing Law & Order creator Dick Wolf over a contract provision that would give him executive producer fees if any version of his hit crime series were to be cancelled, Variety reports.
In May, Wolf notified NBC that he had a different interpretation of the contract. Wolf contends it is like a “kill fee,” under which he is entitled to a two-year severance package once a “Law & Order” show is not renewed. NBC claims that interpretation of the contract would provide Wolf with an unintended windfall of millions of dollars. The parties have been in negotiations since September, but have been unable to resolve their differences without litigation.
NBC is not seeking monetary damages. Rather, the suit asks for “declaratory relief” or a rewriting of the contract.