Earlier this year, we brought you the story about writer Harlan Ellison’s lawsuit against Paramount Pictures. The suit alleged that Paramount failed to pay for merchandising, publishing and other exploitations of “The City on the Edge of Forever,” an episode he wrote for the original “Star Trek” episode, “City on the Edge of Forever.”
Ellison was suing for $1 plus his expenses.
Ellison’s suit accused CBS Paramount of failing to notify him about the “Crucible” trilogy of books based on the teleplay and merchandising that included a “talking” Christmas ornament.
Now comes word that a federal judge has ruled in Ellison’s favor.
“I am pleased with the outcome,” Ellison said on his web site. Ellison, who filed the suit in March in federal court in Los Angeles, also sued the Writers Guild of America for its alleged failure to act on his behalf but sought only $1 in damages plus attorneys fees and court costs from the guild. CBS Paramount and the WGA had no comment.
The suit accused CBS Par and the WGA of breaching the collective bargaining agreement and also accused the guild of breaching its duty of fair representation. The episode, which centered on time travel and starred Joan Collins, first aired in April 1967 and won the WGA teleplay award and a Hugo award.