Netflix settles dispute with The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical

Actual Bridgerton

Actual Bridgerton
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Netflix has filed its lawsuit against Abigail Barlow and Emily Bear, creators of The unofficial Bridgeton musicalwhich seemed to have the tacit approval of the company until Bear and Barlow got started win Grammys and earn money with it. The musical started out as a TikTok thing, a love letter to the Bridgeton TV show, but after building a following of their own and getting a plug from Netflix itself on social media, Bear and Barlow released it as an album.

This album picked up Best Musical Theater Album at the Grammys earlier this year, during a weird pre-show event where most of the awards were given out (and most winners didn’t bother to attend), and a A few months later — encouraged by the aforementioned tacit approval and Grammy win — Bear and Barlow announced plans to host a live production of TUBM with paid tickets and merch and all.

Finally, in July Netflix sued Bear and Barlow to prevent them from making money The unofficial Bridgerton musical, which was perfectly understandable and quite vague at the same time. Netflix reportedly offered to negotiate some sort of licensing deal, but Bear and Barlow declined (which also seems perfectly understandable given that they did the thing and Netflix had never objected before), but that obviously didn’t happen…hence the lawsuit.

But that’s all in the past and they’re probably all friends again The Hollywood Reporter saying that Bear and Barlow “reached a deal” with Netflix “to resolve the lawsuit.” Terms have not been disclosed as they are rare, but we’ll likely have an idea of ​​what happened when other productions of TUBM happen to our without any kind of Netflix branding / new and very explicit disclaimer. Now be careful with that Unofficial Hemlock Grove Musical you work on Netflix settles dispute with The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical

Andrew Schnitker

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