Fox sues Netflix over “executive poaching”
September 19, 2016
21st Century Fox has accused Netflix of illegally hiring two of its executives in a lawsuit filed late last week.
Fox alleges that Netflix has been conducting a “brazen campaign to unlawfully target, recruit, and poach valuable Fox executives by illegally inducing them to break their employment contracts with Fox to work at Netflix,” reported Deadline.
The two executives in question, now-former VP of Promotions Marco Waltenberg and now-former VP of Creative Tara Flynn, were both under contract when they left for Netflix, according to the publication.
Both were hired earlier this year. They now work in the streaming giant’s promotions and drama programming development department.
The suit argues that “Netflix is defiantly flouting the law by soliciting and inducing employees to break their contracts,” a Fox spokesperson told Deadline. “We intend to seek all available remedies to enforce our rights and hold Netflix accountable for its wrongful behaviour.”