Brash Sued by Two Studios for Unpaid Work

By Blake Ellison, Nov 18, 2008 9:40am PST Brash Entertainment, the licensed game publisher which shut down last week, has been sued by two of its contracted studios for work that has gone unpaid.

According to a report by Variety, 7 Studios, based in Los Angeles, has filed suit against Brash claiming $468,000 in owed compensation for work on 9, a tie-in for an upcoming Tim Burton animated film, and an additional $113,000 for Six Flags Fun Park (Wii, DS), a mini-game collection featuring the amusement park giant's brand.

Zootfly, a Slovenian studio, has demanded $748,000 for a game tie-in for the Fox television show Prison Break.

Brash reportedly stopped paying its developers roughly two months ago after the publisher's funding dried up amidst the current credit crisis. Co-founders Thomas Tull and Nicholas Longano left the company a month ago, citing quality concerns with the company's products.

Its debut games, Alvin and the Chipmunks and Jumper, tanked both in ratings and at retail. When it was founded, co-founder Bert Ellis famously described licensed games as "the safest, most lucrative way to sell a video game."

Variety points out that Brash had "around a dozen projects" in the works at the time of its collapse, signaling that more lawsuits may be on the horizon.

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