Gabrielle Union sues Black Entertainment Network over hit show

BeingMaryJaneBeing Mary Jane is the ONLY reason i watch the Black Entertainment Network aka BET.  Despite its lack of thought provoking content, Being Mary Jane provides a show that both educates and entertains.  Mara Brock Akil, the shows creator, used the Inglewood NFL stadium project as a prominent focus of the second season.  Now its star, played by actress Gabrielle Union, has sued the network over salary issues.  With Akil leaving the show, and now this lawsuit, BET could be on its last legs.

In the lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court claimed the network agreed it would never produce more than 13 episodes per season.

BET was attempting to film two 10-episode seasons consecutively to ‘cram all of the episodes into a single season in order to fraudulently extend the term of Ms. Union’s contract,’ the lawsuit stated.

Union under her contract was set to receive $150,000 per episode for season four and $165,000 per episode for season five.

She was suing the network and Breakdown Productions for negligent misrepresentation and breach of contract.

Related:  Salim and Mara Brock Akil Are Exiting BET and Setting Up Shop at Warner Bros

Aaron McGruder, creator of the hit show “The Boondocks” made reference to the networks failure to pay its employees during an episode called “Black Evil Television”.

No word on whether this author will continue watching this show.  Season 4 is set to air January 2017.


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