Injunction Against Lifetime’s ‘Steel Magnolias’ Adaptation Slapped Down by Judge

Executive producer of 1989 "Steel Magnollias" film claims that she's owed a producer's credit and financial compensation

Last Updated: October 5, 2012 @ 1:48 PM

The world will get to see Lifetime's take on "Steel Magnolias" on Sunday after all.

A judge in Los Angeles Superior Court denied an injunction request from Victoria White, the executive producer of the 1989 film "Steel Magnolias," requesting that the adaptation be barred from airing as part of a lawsuit against Lifetime, A&E Networks and Sony Pictures Television, a representative from Sony TV told TheWrap.

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White filed suit earlier this week, alleging breach of contract and breach of implied covenant, claiming that she is entitled to a producer's credit and financial compensation for Lifetime's "Steel Magnolias" adaptation, which stars Queen Latifah and Phylicia Rashad .

According to the suit, White entered into an agreement with Rastar Productions — which was later acquired by Sony Pictures — that was "intended to reward Ms. White financially if the Motion Picture release was successful and derivative works based on the Motion Picture were ever produced for the television market."

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White claims that, under the agreement, she should receive credit as a co-producer or co-executive producer on the Lifetime adaptation, plus a production fee of $15,000, plus other compensation, including a percentage of the profits.

The suit notes that White received credit and compensation for a 1992 TV adaptation of the film, but the defendants claimed that her agreement was limited to the 1992 adaptation when she asked about the latest incarnation.

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White is seeking unspecified damages in the suit, and had asked that the film be blocked from airing without her credit being included.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.