SF writer Harlan Ellison sues over his Star Trek "City on the Edge"

Harlan Ellison has sued CBS Paramount over its alleged failure to pay him for the merchandising, publishing and other exploitations of "City on the Edge of Forever," an early Star Trek episode that he wrote, Variety reported.

Ellison, a noted SF author, filed the action Friday in federal court in Los Angeles. He also sued the Writers Guild of America for its alleged failure to act on his behalf, but is seeking only $1 in damages plus attorneys' fees and court costs from the guild.

The suit accuses CBS Paramount and the WGA of breaching the collective bargaining agreement and also accuses the guild of breaching its duty of fair representation.

"Paramount has earned millions exploiting the 'City' teleplay since it was aired in 1967," the suit said. "Yet Paramount has not accounted to Ellison or paid him for such exploitations as it is required to do under the 1960 MBA (minimum basic agreement) and 1966 Amendment."

CBS Paramount was not immediately available for comment, and a spokesman for the WGA declined to comment.

"It ain't about the 'principle,' friend, it's about the money! Pay me!" Ellison said in a statement. "I'm doing it for the 35-year-long disrespect and the money!"

The episode, which centered on time travel and starred Joan Collins, first aired in April 1967. It won the WGA teleplay award and a Hugo award.

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