March 8, 2019
Statement Regarding To Kill a Mockingbird
Fifty years ago, my grandfather, Christopher Sergel, agreed to a deal with Harper Lee and her Agent whereby he would dramatize (and Dramatic Publishing would publish and license his adaptation of) To Kill a Mockingbird. Recently, those rights have been the subject of speculation and erroneous interpretation by both Scott Rudin and the Lee Estate. Our agreement with Ms. Lee provides for a mechanism by which such disagreements are to be settled. DPC is actively pursuing resolution through Binding Arbitration in Chicago (complaint attached).
We have proudly represented Mockingbird for 50 years, and we continue to do so today. ALL licenses granted by Dramatic Publishing are valid. Any special clearances required were received directly from the Estate's representative. We feel horribly for those affected by the shameful bigfooting coming from Mr. Rudin.
My grandfather's adaptation was read and approved by Ms. Lee, something Mr. Rudin cannot say. We will have no further comment while this process continues. Please direct any further inquiries to counsel.
Christopher Sergel III, President
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