Mark Irwin Forstater (born 1943) is a film producer, writer, and audio producer, notable for producing the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail and then in 2012 suing the five living members of Monty Python over a dispute regarding royalties from merchandising income, including the Spamalot musical, which was "lovingly ripped off from" the Holy Grail movie.
On 4 July 2013, he won the High Court of Justice case against the surviving members of Monty Python over royalty payments to Spamalot as a derivative work of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. They owed £800,000 ($994,600) in past royalties and legal fees, prompting them to produce Monty Python Live (Mostly) in 2014 to pay down their debt.
- "Monty Python sued over Spamalot royalties". BBC News Online. 30 November 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-30.
Mr Forstater claimed he was entitled to one-seventh of this figure, the same share enjoyed by each of the other Pythons - but was told he was only entitled to one-fourteenth, and has been paid accordingly since 2005. ...
- "Monty Python lose Spamalot court battle". BBC News. 4 July 2013. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
Mark Forstater, who produced the 1975 film Monty Python And The Holy Grail, claimed he was underpaid royalties since the musical's launch in 2005. ...
- "John Cleese: Monty Python reunion is happening because of my £800,000 legal bill". Daily Mirror. May 23, 2014. Retrieved 2014-12-28.
Last July, the Pythons lost a royalties case to Mark Forstater, who produced 1975 film Monty Python And The Holy Grail. ...
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