Jannard Reports Being Very Pleased with Outcome
By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)
After writing in 2011 that the hacking of his emails by ARRI executive Michael Bravin left him “shattered and sad,” RED CEO Jim Jannard took to the RED User Forums today to crow that he is “very happy with the terms of REDs settlement with ARRI.
Jannard has always maintained that former RED executive, Bravin, had managed to get his username and password before bolting for a cushy gig with ARRI back in 2009. And Bravin ended up pleading guilty to an act of corporate espionage as part of a deal in which he admitted to hacking into not only Jannard’s account, but also the account of Band Pro CEO Amnon Band. Jannard filed a lawsuit against both Bravin and ARRI, claiming that other ARRI executives knew of the information that Bravin, then the Vice President of Development at ARRI, was passing along to them was gleaned from corporate communications from separately originating from both Band Pro and RED’s Jannard.
It is true that RED settled the case with ARRI and Michael Bravin. We’ve had a barrage of inquiries and unfortunately we cannot give you all the details because we have a confidential settlement, but … I can say this. We are very happy with the terms of the settlement with ARRI and glad to have this behind us. It’s now time for everyone to move on and concentrate on the future. I also know that the case between Band Pro and ARRI is not settled yet. Hopefully they will settle in a way that Band Pro is as happy as we are. – Jim Jannard, RED User Forums
To that end, Jannard declared things would get messy and immediately filed a lawsuit -”One of the companies I held in the highest esteem now has left me shattered,” Jannard wrote to his confessors on the RED User Forums. “The magnitude of the betrayal is really hard to comprehend. The situation forces a reaction that I never would have considered a possibility.” But after a costly legal battle that ended in what is essentially a legal draw, RED and ARRI began talking and came to a settlement that gives RED some sort of compensation. Jannard is mum on details because the settlement is confidential, but you can bet it will include legal fees as Bravin and ARRI were forced to pay Band Pro’s legal fees as part of Bravin’s plea arrangement. But that doesn’t include anything that Band Pro may get in their own lawsuit, which Jannard mentioned is still on going. Bravin was also required to spend two months in jail, plus parole and pay a $5,000 fine.
The settlement will allow both companies to move forward with their respective digital cinema cameras, and also clear the docket so that RED can focus on their lawsuit against SONY, which Jannard claims has “borrowed (RED technology), whether intentionally or unintentionally,” and that Sony’s CineAlta line of cameras have caused RED irreperable harm that cannot be compensated for damages. Jannard says he wants all Cine Alta Cameras, including the F65, F55 and F5 cameras be destroyed.
Considering that ARRI likely only had to come up with a mix of compensation and perhaps technology royalties, I’d say they probably got off light and are happy to be out of Jannard’s litigious sites.