Texas fans of the late singer Selena may not have the ability to watch the television series about her love story with her widower that has been planned by her widower. According to court documents, Selena's father, Abraham Quintanilla, has filed a lawsuit against Chris Perez, the late singer's husband.
The lawsuit was filed in order to block the production of the planned television series. Perez reportedly signed a contract with the singer's estate forever giving up any rights he might have to exploit her story in exchange for receiving 25 percent of the profits made by the estate for using her name and likeness. Perez signed the contract two months after his wife died in 1995.
The series was to be based on the book that Perez wrote in 2012 titled "To Selena, With Love". According to the terms of the contract, the book would have also been in violation of the contract. Quintanilla would not answer why the book's publisher was also not named as a defendant in the lawsuit. The TV production company handling the series, Endemol Shine North America, reportedly ignored a cease-and-desist letter that it had been sent.
Contract disputes may be major and destroy the heart of the contract. In other cases, minor breaches may be resolved short of litigation. A business and commercial law attorney may work to resolve disputes on a client's behalf in a manner that may allow the parties to continue forward with their contract. If the breach is a major one, then court action may be necessary.
Source: The Huffington Post, "Why the Selena TV series backed by her widower might never get aired," Carolina Moreno, Dec. 5, 2016