James Van Der Beek sues SiriusXM for $700,000 over deleted podcast

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James Van Der Beek has filed a $700,000 lawsuit against SiriusXM/Stitcher after an alleged podcast deal with the brands was canned.

In court documents filed Friday and obtained by Us Weekly and the explosionthe ‘Dawson’s Creek’ star alleged breach of contract based on a deal he said had been ongoing since 2021.

According to Van Der Beek, the deal was worth at least $700,000, with the star receiving 50% of net ad revenue.

He went on to say that he rejected other offers based on their contractual agreement.

“[Van Der Beek] had other offers and potential partners to choose from to develop this project,” the documents read.

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The ‘Dawson’s Creek’ actor claims the podcast deal has been ongoing since 2021.
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“However, relying on the contractual agreement with Defendants, Plaintiff ceased to negotiate with other purchasers and affirmatively rejected these other offers (as well as other opportunities to act).”

The podcast was going to focus on the “Varsity Blues” actor’s career, allowing him to connect with fans of his TV and film work, according to the docs.

“He would serve as the podcast host, conduct interviews, provide commentary and behind-the-scenes insight into past work, and share the kind of unique perspective as an artist, researcher and public figure that has become a hallmark of his social media. presence.”

Life as a father of six probably would have been podcast fodder.

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Life as a father of six probably would have been podcast fodder.

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Not only that, but he also reportedly discussed being a husband and father of six. He shares daughters Olivia, 11, Annabel, 8, Emilia, 6, and Gwendolyn, 4, and sons Joshua, 10, and Jeremiah, 8 months, with wife Kimberly Van Der Beek, 40.

James further claims that by the spring of 2022, the settlement had been “extensively negotiated, agreed to orally, and confirmed in writing in a series of phone calls and emails between authorized representatives of the plaintiff and the defendants.”

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The actor claims that SiriusXM/Stitcher “went back” on the deal at the last minute.

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However, SiriusXM and Stitcher reportedly emailed the “Labor Day” actor in April to let him know that while they were “ready to call the terms officially closed,” someone from upper management reviewed the contract and ultimately canceled the deal.

James goes on to say that during a Zoom call in July, the company officially ‘reneged’ on the deal, citing a ‘new policy’ in which the finance team reviews all contracts and can choose whether or not things move forward. , they decide to “reject this agreement.”

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The ‘Varsity Blues’ actor is married to Kimberly Van Der Beek.
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“This was contrary to what defendants said during negotiations when they told plaintiff that the terms of the agreement were created in conjunction with input and approval from the finance, creative and sales. It was just a pretense excuse to back out of the deal,” the docs read.

The actor believes that SiriusXM/Stitcher should still be responsible for paying him at least the expected minimum, in addition to “general and compensatory damages” and attorneys’ fees.

“By engaging in the aforementioned conduct, the defendants breached their contract
with the claimant, leading to the loss of the minimum guarantee as well as the value of use
Defendants must build a brand and audience for this particular podcast series, as well as serve as Plaintiff’s gateway to the digital/podcasting space. As a result, the plaintiff suffered damages in an amount to be determined at trial, but which must exceed $700,000. »

A representative for SiriusXM did not immediately respond to Page Six’s request for comment.

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