On Tuesday (Oct. 10) Gabrielle Union, actress and star of BET’s hit series, “Being Mary Jane,” has filed a lawsuit against the network and Breakdown Productions for breach of contract and negligent misrepresentation. Union claims that the network is combining the upcoming season four and season five in order to extend her contract, but lower her pay.
According to Union’s lawyer Martin Singer, she and the network agreed that they would never produce more that 13 episodes per a season, but the network is now trying to film two 10-episodes season back-to-back in order to cram all the episodes into one season in order to “fraudulently extend the term of Ms. Union’s contract.” Currently, Union is set to make $150,000 per an episode for season four and $165,000 per an episode for season five.
At the end of season three, the show’s creator and showrunner Mara Brock Akil (creator of “Girlfriends” and “The Game”) stepped down from the show. She and her husband Salem Akil inked a television production deal with BET, and they were replaced with Will Packer (“Think Like A Man,” “Ride Along”) as Executive Producer and Erica Shelton (“The Good Wife,” “Hawthorne”) as the new showrunner. Patrick Ian Polk (“Noah’s Arc,” “The Skinny”) joined the writing team.
Last week BET released a teaser trailer stating that the show would return in January. This lawsuit will more than likely halt production on the upcoming season four which began filming last month.
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