The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has made a radical decision regarding the famous comedian David WilliamsPart of the funding for one of her projects was cut due to controversy caused by explicit comments on the program Britain’s Got Talent (BGT).
Supreme Court documents reveal that Williams claims the company withdrew funds intended for an animated series based on his book.”Gangster noveltyFrom 2011 due to “negative publicity”. The event is at the heart of a €10 million legal battle with producer BGT Fremantle.
Last year, the 52-year-old comedian left the ITV show after making explicit off-screen comments referring to the contestants.
Williams claims he was not aware that these comments could be recorded and copied, and accuses Fremantle of breaching data protection rules.
However, sources close to the case indicate that in April 2018, BGT announced that all cameras would be running 24/7, casting doubt on the comedian’s claim.
According to the Mirror, the BBC has previously adapted seven of Williams’ best-selling children’s books over the past 11 years. The latest project is titled “Gangsta Granny Strikes Again” and was released in December of last year, and features Williams, Sheridan Smith, Kevin Bishop, and Griff Rhys Jones. Although the series based on “Gangsta Granny” is in development, the BBC has not officially commissioned it yet.
Although Williams was able to secure additional funding beyond the BBC’s initial contribution, corporation sources refuse to confirm whether or not the series will eventually run.
However, people close to Williams say production is progressing as planned and will soon be broadcast on the BBC.
According to documents filed by Williams’ attorney, schools, libraries and stores removed the author’s books from shelves after the comments were published, resulting in lower sales and royalty income.
Producer Fremantle expressed his hope that the situation would be resolved amicably, but made it clear that if necessary, he would defend himself vigorously. Controversy continues to surround one of the UK’s best-selling children’s book authors and his relationship with the BBC, pending future developments both legally and in television production.
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