It doesn’t really stick out in the sidebar, so I felt that I would point out the existence of the message board in a post. If you would like to discuss Flip This House, feel free to visit our message board. Unlike A&E’s discussion board, this board is open to all sides.
That said, comments to the main posts will not immediately appear, since I must first approve them. This is mostly to prevent comment spam. If your comment doesn’t show up right away, don’t worry.
The following is a mass email Richard C. Davis sent on July 29, 2006 to those who have emailed him and Trademark Properties messages of support.
First of All, I want to personally thank you all for the overwhelming show of support you guys have shown us during season 1 of “Flip This House” and even more so since the introduction of season 2 without Team Trademark. TRULY HUMBLING and more appreciated than I can ever put in words.
Many of you have taken the time out of your busy lives to let the powers to be know how you feel, that means more to me personally than any victory we will have in court.
I can’t comment on the lawsuit but I will tell you it is the FIRST time in my life that I even contemplated suing anyone. I don’t believe in wasting good energy chasing bad energy and truly believe you reap what you sew but this time I wasn’t going to be bullied by a network and allow them to steal what is rightfully mine.
I want to clear up any question as to our association with season 2, it’s real simple….WE HAVE NONE! A&E did a casting call to replace myself, Ginger, Dawn, Lori, Vance, John and everyone else associated with Trademark Properties. I wrote the show, produced our pilot, shopped it to 3 networks, never sold it, still own it and somehow A&E “recast” a show that was never cast in the first place. We are real people, doing what we do every day, just with a camera capturing it for your amusement and hopefully you pick up some tips along the way, some how to and some how not to:)
We are filming as we speak for a new series on a new network. I want to assure you of one thing, we will not change for the sake of a network or production company or anyone for that matter. We are who we are, flaws and all and don’t care to show you anything but who we really are, what we really do and how we really do it, success or failure.
It has been great meeting many of you at the airports, at our office and for many of you at The Crab House:) you guys have shown us nothing but support and even if I get in trouble with the lawyers, I felt the need to respond to your gracious support.
Everyone has brought it to my attention that the network has removed the website and discussion boards for your comments. I would ask that you all please go to www.imdb.com and utilize the “flip this house” discussion boards there. This is a television database for the industry that cannot be removed by the network. It means so much to Team Trademark that you continue to have a place to voice your concerns. This is the place that will get the most attention from network executives, production companies, and sponsors, as well. Please remember when you rate the show, it is about season 1 with Team Trademark. So if you like season 1 – rate it high, but put your comments about season 2 in the comment section.
Thank you so much – we could not ask for a more supportive group of people!
We will keep you up to date as we are allowed (and sometimes when we’re not:) )
Richard Davis and Trademark Properties have filed a lawsuit against A&E Television Networks and Departure Films. You can read the complaint via PDF. Remember, a complaint represents but one side of a legal argument.
The lawsuit seeks recovery on several different grounds. A&E and Departure Films will be required to file an answer within thirty days. It also appears that the Charleston, South Carolina Court of Common Pleas will require the case to go to Alternative Dispute Resolution (which will result in some of the details being revealed in private instead of in public court filings.)
Welcome to Flip This Lawsuit. I am a big fan of the Trademark team from the first season of Flip This House. Many fans noticed that the second season doesn’t feature Trademark, but instead has been recast and is vastly inferior. This website is designed to follow the legal despute between Richard Davis, creator of Flip This House and the President of Trademark Properties and A&E which has decided to take control of the show.