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Washington, DC, United States, 2007/08/07 - American Youth Symphony, producers of America's Hot Musician, win a suit for breach of contract against RBL Associates over the TV show's debut.
American Youth Symphony (AYS), producers of America's Hot Musician, prevailed in a District of Columbia court today against RBL Associates Inc., a Lexington Avenue insurance firm, for rescinding the group's insurance policy just days before its syndicated debut earlier last month (DCSC# SC25827-07). The decision of the necessary insurance policy forced the youth group to cancel the debut of its instrumental music reality competition for the second time in a month.
As reported by TV Week (July 25, 2007) and the Hollywood Reporter, Esq. (June 27, 2007), the group is also battling Oprah Winfrey's Oxygen Network for $100 million dollars in federal court under similar circumstances for allegedly breaching its agreement to air the show by canceling it just days before its July 8th debut (DCSC Case# 07-0003999).
"We are very happy with the outcome of this case because it clears our name, that we did not cause the cancellation and it sends a message that big corporations cannot just treat small groups like ours any kind of way because we will come out fighting", says Gregory Charles Royal, AYS artistic director and a judge on "Musician".
"Our mission, to promote instrumental music in the MTV/Hip Hop generation inspires us to do what many people thought we could not do- an instrumental television show. With this behind us, we are preparing to launch in the fall and on target with our production schedule, shooting the semi-finals in Washington, DC this week", says AYS Executive Director, Susan Veres.
Following the recision by RBL, the program scaled down its distribution and aired in the New York tri-state area on WRNN and Los Angeles Southern CA on KDOC for two weeks in July. Major cable companies such as Time Warner Cable, and Comcast require independent program producers to carry insurance.
America's Hot Musician showcases instrumental musicians from across the country and features in addition to Royal, National Symphony Orchestra violinist Marissa Regni and Ex-Kittie bassist Talena Atfield as judges.