Warren Miller (yeah, the annual ski movie Warren Miller) stepped up big recently. Long story short, he was interviewed for the film Refresh (trailer below) by Level 1 Productions. However, Warren Miller Entertainment, Inc. “owns the exclusive right, in perpetuity, in all media, to the name, the personal endorsement, use of voice, and the likeness of Warren Miller, when used with its existing business, and the fruits of its related efforts” stemming from when they bought his company twentysome years ago. So, WME goes after Level 1 for their “irreparably injured and damaged” brand (like really? beyond repair?). Level 1, the little guy, is obviously not poised to outlawyer WME. However, Mr. Miller himself filed a “motion to intervene”, basically asking WME to sue him and not Level 1. Insane.
““I have never made ski films solely for the money,” he stated. “I have always done what I do out of my love for skiing, passion for people, and the freedom that I find while on the mountain.”
Somewhere in the world bombs are going off. In another part of the world children are walking 10 miles to find clean water. Back here in the US a big ski filmmaker is suing a little guy for interviewing a filmmaking legend. Perspective.