As Karina reported yesterday, Wordplay, Patrick Creadon's documentary about crossword puzzles, sold yesterday to IFC. This morning The Hollywood Reporter's Anne Thompson has a story up that there is some controversy surrounding IFC's acquisition of the audience-pleasing film, which sold for about $1 million. Warner Independent Pictures president Mark Gill reportedly accused attorney John Sloss, who brokered the sale, of spreading false information regarding Warner's bid in order to drive up the film's price. Sloss denied Gill's charges.
Another studio exec, Sony Pictures Classics' co-pres Tom Bernard, is also unhappy about the way the deal was handled, alleging that the Wordplay filmmakers were not apprised of his studio's bid. Bernard reportedly implied that if there is not some kind of regulation over the way deals are brokered, "there will be major lawsuits", and said that filmmakers are not empowered in the deal-making process.