As I told y’all a while back, I just started watching AMC‘s Mad Men this year and I’m trying like cray to catch up in time for the sixth season premiere in April. Like many fans, I could probably put the opening credit theme song together frame by frame, lol. So I was really interested when I learned that a 1950s model was suing the television show for using her image. Click inside to learn more!
E! has the story:
Someone’s suing mad over Mad Men.
The studio behind the Emmy-winning AMC series has been slapped with a lawsuit by a woman who claims that the show used an unauthorized image of her for its famous opening credits.
Per Deadline, in a lawsuit filed Friday against Lionsgate in Los Angeles Superior Court, model Gita May Hall, who shot to fame in the 1950s and 1960s, alleges that the show’s producers didn’t secure her consent before running a shot of her face taken from a 1950s Revlon hairspray ad photographed by legendary lensman Richard Avedon.
“Given her stature, [Hall] consented to the use of her likeness, and the Avedon photo embodying it, only for the then-current run of the Revlon campaign,” the complaint states. “At no time did she agree to allow, forty years later, her image to be cropped from the photo, in secret, and inserted as a key element in the title sequence of a cable television series, without her consent and for commercial purposes.”…
Hall is suing for damages and lost profits, and is also seeking compensation for attorney’s fees and other costs.
It never occurred to me that the image of that woman’s face actually belonged to a real, live, person… lol. But yeah, that makes sense. And it kinda makes sense that that person would want some kind of credit/money for this, though it’s unclear how much Gita May (gotta love that name) wants.
What do you guys think of the lawsuit? Fair game or what?