Comedian Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” show is under fire by its pilot episode director claiming original ownership of the series.
This month, Christian Charles is suing Seinfeld for copyright infringement, with Seinfeld’s own lawsuit filing a motion to dismiss on the grounds of a 3-year statute of limitations for copyright claims, allowing him to continue production.
In turn, Charles claims he is entitled to all profits and royalties from the show after pitching the idea to Seinfeld in a 2002 conversation, and that Seinfeld’s production team “willfully and swiftly moved forward with the Show without obtaining a chain-of-title or release paperwork for the concept; shutting me out.”’
No word yet on the results of the proceedings.
Now airing on Netflix in its fifth season, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” has already featured popular comedians such as Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart, Dave Chappelle, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and more in a series of casual interviews in classic cars driven by Seinfeld.