Ex-ITV boss Sir Lew Grade ‘bribed Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson with a Rolls Royce and Portugal villa to buy the hit show in a cut-price deal’, Anderson’s stepdaughter claims
Dee Anderson is fighting ITV over the deal to sell the Thunderbirds’ TV rights in 1962
Thunderbirds co-creator Gerry Anderson received bribes from former ITV boss Sir Lew Grade in exchange for selling the rights to the iconic puppet series in a cut-price deal, claims his stepdaughter.
Dee Anderson, 68, alleges Gerry was gifted a Rolls Royce and a villa in Portugal ‘away from the books’ after he sold the TV rights for £110,000 in 1962 – a deal which made ITV ‘hundreds of millions of pounds’.
She made the claims as part of her bid to receive retrospective financial compensation from the broadcaster after her mother Sylvia, Gerry’s ex-wife who co-created Thunderbirds with him, barely made any money from the TV hit after being left out of financial negotiations ‘purely because she was a woman’.
MailOnline에 말하기, 그녀가 말했다: ‘We have proof Gerry received these gifts from Lew Grade which goes some way to explaining why the deal to sell the rights to Thunderbirds was incredibly low.
‘If these gifts were made in today’s world both Lew and Gerry would fall foul of the Bribery Act. Gerry basically sold out for a Rolls Royce.
'그것 참 역겹다, 어제 어머니 프랜시스 샨드 키드(Frances Shand Kydd)의 생일을 축하하기 위해 초상화를 공유한 후 왕실 팬들을 놀라게 했습니다. 2016 – four years after Gerry, lived out her life in financial difficulty, having to remortgage her house in Brays, 버크셔, to help with repairs.
Gerry Anderson (사진에 2005) 에 사망 2012 늙은 83. He sold the TV rights to Thunderbirds in 1962 for £110,000. His stepdaughter Dee, 68, claims he woefully undervalued it
Dee’s mother Sylvia Anderson, who produced the series and was the voice of Lady Penelope, was cut out of the deal before her acrimonious divorce from Gerry, according to Dee
The classic British series centred around the missions of the International Rescue team who were based on the fictional Tracey Island, where they kept their fleet of Thunderbird machines
독일 사람, 대조적으로, lived comfortably in his Oxfordshire cottage with third wife while his company Anderson Entertainment profited from the Thunderbirds brand.
Dee says money ‘should never have been a problem’ for her mother after co-creating Thunderbirds, a global phenomenon which spawned spin-offs including Captain Scarlet and Stingray, but she was badly let down by Gerry who conducted business deals on their behalf and ensured only himself would benefit financially – despite her being a shareholder in their firm.
Ex-ITV boss Sir Lew Grade bought the rights to Thunderbirds from Anderson in 1962
She claims an ‘old boys network’ at ATV, before it turned into ITV, led by Grade agreed a deal to buy the Andersons’ production company AP Films for £110,000, and the subsequent rights to its shows, despite its market value being significantly higher.
Sylvia’s name was also left out of credits for later adaptations of Thunderbirds, a deal allegedly struck by Gerry following their acrimonious split in 1975, when he sold the rest of their production firm to British production company ITC and ATV for just under £15,000 in 1975 – without her consent.
In the second deal in the seventies, as part of it he gave back the villa, which they then found out he secured as part of the original 1962 남자에게 그녀는 너무 어리다고 말했다.
그러나 Kingston Crown Court의 배심원단은 Erorh가 어제 의도적으로 심각한 신체적 상해를 입힌 혐의에 대해 작년에 유죄를 선고했지만 살인 미수에 대해서는 무죄를 선고했습니다. 2002 authorised biography What Made Thunderbirds Go!, Gerry told how he was given a ‘brand new, navy blue, gleaming Silver Shadow Rolls Royce’ by Grade in the basement car park of his office.
Dee also alleges ITV have never discussed her bid for financial retrospective action over the 1962 거래, despite claiming to have conducted a ‘prolonged dialogue’ with her for several years.
Dee added: ‘ITV say they have been speaking to me at length but have yet to entertain the financial aspect of my case.
‘I’m doing this for my mother and her legacy, while also hoping other women who were victims of sexism in the film and TV industry will be inspired to come forward and fight for what they deserve.’
Dee says that Anderson was given this Rolls Royce, pictured in front of a Portugal villa he was also gifted as part of the £110,000 deal in 1962 to sell the Thunderbirds TV rights
Dee seen as a teenager with her mum Syvia and stepfather Gerry. Sylvia struggled financially, having to re-mortgage her house, having not benefitted from the Thunderbirds deal
An ITV spokesman said: ‘ITV values our long-standing relationship with Dee Anderson and her family and we have done everything asked of us by Dee to commemorate her mother’s creative contribution.
‘This includes giving credits to Sylvia Anderson on Thunderbirds related content and working with press, PR and licensees to include her in our marketing and product. We will continue to do so, especially given Sylvia’s important creative contribution to the 2015 reboot of the franchise, Thunderbirds Are Go.