Mixed ruling for ski-film icon Warren Miller
The Denver Post
A three-member Colorado arbitration panel has denied Warren Miller Entertainment’s breach-of-contract claim against its iconic namesake, filmmaker Warren Miller. But while the decision gives Miller more control over his name, it could force him out of the ski-film industry he sparked more than 60 years ago.
The ruling comes 13 months after the Boulder-based Warren Miller Entertainment group sued to block screenings of Denver-based Level 1 Production’s ski movie “Refresh,” featuring narration by Miller.
Miller sold his movie company in 1988 and signed endorsement and noncompete contracts with the company as part of the sale. Warren Mil ler Entertainment argued that his narration in a competitor’s movie violated those contracts.
The arbitrating panel last week ruled that the noncompete clauses in five contracts negotiated between the man and the company between 1988 and 1998 had expired but that Miller’s participation in “Refresh” breached his promises for exclusive publicity of WME’s annual movies.
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