'The Osbournes' MTV Reboot Under Legal Fire Tied to Surprising/Least Dramatic Member of Ozzy's Family
MTV's reboot of The Osbournes is facing some legal drama and it's coming from the least dramatic member of Ozzy Osbourne's curious brood: Several companies affiliated with son Jack Osbourne have brought lawsuits in the last week (from Billboard).
The most major of the legal challenges if that from JOKS, the production company behind The Osbournes of which Jack is also a member. That company is suing Schweet Entertainment, another production company that the Osbourne son is a partial operator of. According to the lawsuit, Schweet has claimed a 55 percent hold on any new episodes of The Osbournes, while JOKS claims to be the exclusive owner of the rights. According to the suit, Schweet never issued any ideas or pitches for episodes.
"Contrary to Defendants' contentions, JOKS never entered into any agreement, express or implied, related to the Defendants' involvement in the production of new episodes of 'The Osbournes' and never conveyed to Defendants any interest in 'The Osbournes' and/or the copyrights and trademarks associated therewith," reads the filing.
Jack Osbourne himself may actually be with JOKS on this however. He filed several lawsuits in Los Angeles last week, seeking to dissolve Schweet and other media holdings he operates with Rob Worsoff and Brian Wendel. He alleges as part of each suit that the pair paid themselves exaggerated salaries while failing to pay his own interests in the company. It would seem that Jack's aim is for JOKS to take complete control of The Osbournes.