Warren Miller sued by his former film company
The Denver Post
Boulder’s Warren Miller Entertainment is suing a Denver ski filmmaker for enlisting filmmaker Warren Miller in its latest movie.
Level 1 Production’s ski film “Refresh” first premiered Sept. 11 at Denver’s Bluebird Theater, and 10 days later Warren Miller Entertainment filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against Level 1 in Denver’s U.S. District Court.
It seems as though the venerable Miller, now 84 and living in Washington State, sold the right to his voice in a 1995 deal with Warren Miller Entertainment. That deal, forged seven years after Miller sold the film company he created in 1948, gave Warren Miller Entertainment “exclusive right, in perpetuity, in all media, to the name, the personal endorsement, use of voice and the likeness of Warren Miller.”
So when Miller sat down with Josh Bermanand his decade-old Level 1 Productions crew and warbled utterances like “If you wait until next year to do it, you’ll be one year older” and other narrative quips for “Refresh,” federal trademark laws were broken, argues Warren Miller Entertainment.
The lawsuit says that Warren Miller Entertainment has been “irreparably injured and damaged” by Level 1’s unauthorized use of the Warren Miller image and asks the court to force Berman to stop using the filmmaker’s famous name and voice.
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