By Wayne Harada
Duane “Dog” Chapman, the Islander whose name is synonymous with bounty hunter, apparently has won more than $500,000 in a legal battle against his former A&E executive producer of “Dog the Bounty Hunter.”
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Chapman and his wife Beth won a judgment that Boris Krutonog, an executive producer of “Bounty Hunter,” attempted to recover a producer’s fee on the show and additional compensation for both managing and representing the Chapmans.
The California Talent Agencies Act claim, which was an ongoing feud for five years, was filed with California Labor Commission, asserting that Krutonog was wrongly trying to earn both a producer’s and a management fee. “Dog the Bounty Hunter” ended an eight-year run this fall.
The award in favor of the Chapmans was for $534,450.
The decision could have an impact on continuing legal issues in a New York case related to other projects between Chapman and Krutonog over TV shows and movies.
A&E canceled the Chapman series this fall, but CMT has picked up the bounty hunters for a reality series called “Dog,” which will be a 10-show series with Dog and Beth as producers. They will help mom and pop bail bond agencies to cuff lawbreakers.
It is a field that the Chapmans lead but a small business facing possible extinction because of naivete and ineffective bounty hunters. Last season, in sort of an homage to the Dog, guest star James Caan wore a “Da Kine Bail Bonds” T-shirt in a “Hawaii Five-0” segment titled “Lekio.”
In announcing the pickup, CMT CEO Chris Grant said, “Dog and Beth are not only great television characters, they are the best bounty hunters in the world, and this show is a natural evolution of their life story.”
Is this new show one that will cuff you to your TV set?