Hilton Sued By Utsick Receiver
No one has ever accused Paris Hilton of being a failure at self-promotion – until now.
Michael Goldberg, the receiver in the Jack Utsick / Worldwide Entertainment debacle, has filed suit against Hilton accusing her of failing to promote the Utsick-produced, straight-to-video “National Lampoon’s Pledge This!”
Utsick was an executive producer of the film, and Goldberg estimates Hilton owes at least $75,000, and possibly millions, for not delivering on a promise to promote the 2006 movie. Any judgment would be used to repay creditors the Security and Exchange Commission in 2006 said were the victims of a fraudulent WE investment scheme.
According to the complaint filed in U.S. District Court’s Miami division August 12, Hilton inked a deal in June 2004 for the production and distribution of “Pledge This!” and was paid $1 million for “acting services” and “reasonable promotion and publicity services.”
Goldberg accuses Hilton of then failing to do talk-show appearances and interviews in support of the movie, causing it – and ultimately, the receivership – to lose money.
Included in the filing as “Exhibit A” is the deal memorandum between Hilton and Pledge This, LLC – the holding company formed to make the movie and a subsidiary of Worldwide South Beach, another Utsick company.
Some of the deal points are at least as entertaining as the movie. The memo requires Hilton to use her “best artistic efforts in a timely and professional manner in rendition of the acting services,” and includes almost a full page of specifications outlining the size and prominence of her credits in the movie.
Hilton required first-class, round-trip accommodations for herself and “personnel [sic] body guard,” first class hotel or private penthouse suites, luxury sedan/SUV and driver on 24-hour call, fees and expenses paid to her bodyguard and “crew,” and a personal assistant.
The deal memo also specifies that “no other cast member rendering services to Company on the Picture shall be entitled to more favorable travel, accommodations and expenses than those accorded” to Hilton.
Goldberg and his creditors should be at least pleased to note that Worldwide managed to hold the line somewhat on Hilton’s per diem of $100, which probably covered Tinkerbell the chihuahua’s daily dog food bill.