Lifetime Must Produce Dish Papers

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A court issued an order Thursday directing Lifetime Television to produce a host of documents relating to its negotiations to secure a carriage deal with EchoStar Communications’ Dish Network earlier this year.

Lifetime must supply the materials as part of the breach-of-contract suit DirecTV filed against it in the spring. DirecTV alleged that Lifetime reneged on an agreement to pay Dish subscribers $200 to switch to DirecTV during a period in January when the women’s network had been dropped from Dish’s lineup.

Lifetime denied that there was any breach.

The order, from the U.S. District Court, said Lifetime must produce papers including those relating to negotiations and communications for EchoStar’s carriage of Lifetime channels and Hearst TV stations, the programmer’s corporate sibling, as well as “contracts with distributors who have an equal or lesser number of Lifetime subscribers than DirecTV … and the related monthly subscriber-billing reports and notice documents regarding MFN [most-favored-nations] obligations.”

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