Anorak | Farrah Fawcett Wins First Emmy

Farrah Fawcett Wins First Emmy

by | 12th, September 2009

farrah_fawcett-emmy FARRAH Fawcett has died, but in TV-land she lives on, and is tipped to win an Emmy for her celebrity cancer show. Anorak’s Man in LA looks at developing storm:

Farrah Fawcett may finally win an Emmy on Saturday night, an award that’s eluded her in three previous nominations in as many decades (T he Burning Bed, Small Sacrifices & The Guardian ). Should she win posthumously for the controversial Farrah’s Story, the statuette won’t be for her acting, but for her role as executive producer of the documentary she made chronicling her fight with cancer.

Meanwhile, Craig Nevius , Farrah’s fellow producing nominee, is only beginning his own fight: a legal war with Ryan O’Neal over who has the right to tell Farrah’s real story.

Nevius and Farrah worked for almost two years on an unconventional yet inspirational “video diary” that would tell Farrah’s story from her point of view. Yet, after Farrah sold the material to NBC and her health took a turn for the worse in April, she turned her affairs over to longtime lover O’Neal, who took control of the documentary, kicked Nevius to the curb and rejigged it with the help of NBC Dateline into an exploitation of a celebrity’s death with a nod to his own film, Love Story .

Nevius filed a lawsuit against O’Neal, his business manager Richard Francis, and Alana Stewart, Farrah’s friend who helped shoot some of the documentary footage and later held out for producing credit that has her up for an Emmy as well.

The lawsuit was in court this week. A Tabloid Baby contributor was there and sends us this unsolicited report:

“After Craig Nevius filed suit, O’Neal and Francis responded quickly and in full force by retaining the very prestigious and very powerful law firm of Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp to defend them against Nevius’ claims, which the world-class attorneys characterized in court papers as “meritless,” “frivolous” and “ludicrous.”

Attorneys Kim Swartz and Karin Pagnanelli of MSK also attempted to minimize if not completely deny Nevius’ true contribution to the documentary and his position in the company that he and Farrah had formed to own and license the documentary worldwide (Sweetened By Risk LLC).

Nevius filed a motion to disqualify Swartz, Pagnanelli and their 100-year old law firm for conflict of interest. He claims that MSK had previously represented him as a producer as well an owner and member of Sweetened By Risk LLC (with Farrah).
Swartz, Pagnanelli and MSK have denied that any such attorney-client relationship existed and produced an alternate SBR LLC Operating Agreement dated June 5, 2008 (approximately eight weeks after Farrah and Nevius signed

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