Discovery-'Deadliest Catch' fight gets nastier yet

Baltimore Sun reporter

From the Z on TV blog:

The Hollywood Reporter has the latest turn in the battle between the Discovery Channel, of Silver Spring, and two of the captains from the channel's "Deadliest Catch" show.

Discovery sued the two for $3 million for allegedly not finishing work on a spinoff of "Deadliest Catch." Now the caaptains are breathing fire, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The two "Deadliest Catch" captains sued by Discovery Communications for allegedly failing to perform work on a spinoff are firing back in a major way. Captains Jonathan and Andy Hillstrand say Discovery's $3 million lawsuit is an attempt to "extort" them and might even force them to sell their boats and fire their crews. They're also not afraid to take a swipe at the network's well-paid top executive.

"The recent actions of Discovery Communications are an astonishing and shameful instance of arrogance and greed run amok," the Hillstrands' lawyer Jeff Cohen tells us in an extended written statement. "While CEO David Zaslav reaps a $33.9 million bonanza in a single day in January 2010, his company attempts to bankrupt hardworking fishermen. Three million dollars is exponentially greater than any compensation ever paid to the 'Deadliest Catch' captains, and yet this is the figure Discovery is trying to extort from these men."

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