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Former Nickelodeon Producer Dan Schneider Files Defamation Lawsuit

Dan Schneider, who was a featured showrunner for a number of iconic Nickelodeon television shows, is filing a lawsuit.

Schneider is filing the lawsuit targeting the filmmakers behind “Quiet on Set: The Dark Side of Kids TV”.

The lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday, May 1st.

Fox News provides more on the filing:

“While it is indisputable that two bona fide child sexual abusers worked on Nickelodeon shows, it is likewise indisputable that Schneider had no knowledge of their abuse, was not complicit in the abuse, condemned the abuse once it was discovered and, critically, was not a child sexual abuser himself,” the filing obtained by Fox News Digital states.

“But for the sake of clickbait, ratings, and views — or put differently, money — Defendants have destroyed Schneider’s reputation and legacy through the false statements and implications that Schneider is exactly that.”

The lawsuit names Warner Bros. Discovery, Sony Pictures Television, and Maxine Productions.

Fox News Digital expands on Schneider’s statement about the docuseries:

“Recently the docuseries ‘Quiet on Set’ highlighted mistakes I made and poor judgment I exhibited during my time at Nickelodeon, most of which happened decades ago during my early career as a producer, working on shows for Tollin/Robbins Productions. There is no doubt that I was sometimes a bad leader. I am sincerely apologetic and regretful for that behavior, and I will continue to take accountability for it.

“However, after seeing ‘Quiet on Set’ and its trailer, and the reactions to them, I sadly have no choice but to take legal action against the people behind it. In their successful attempt to mislead viewers and increase ratings, they went beyond reporting the truth and falsely implied that I was involved in or facilitated horrific crimes for which actual child predators have been prosecuted and convicted.

The docuseries premiered in March, which highlighted Schneider’s time at Nickelodeon, which was riddled with a myriad of issues.

The most alarming issue from the documentary came from Drake Bell, who claimed sexual abuse allegations against Brian Peck.

NBC News expands more on the lawsuit and how the documentary implies Schneider did more than just create a hostile work environment:

Though “Quiet on Set” did not explicitly name him as a sexual abuser, Schneider’s complaint says that throughout the series and its trailer, certain voiceovers and graphics were juxtaposed or edited with visual depictions in ways that made them “purposefully and intentionally defamatory in that they falsely and repeatedly state or imply that Schneider is a child sexual abuser and committed crimes in this regard—and have been interpreted as such by countless average, ordinary or reasonable viewers.”

The complaint also claims the series refused to interview witnesses who did not fit its “false and defamatory narrative” and that “Quiet on Set” has been accused of being “dishonest or deceptive” about the purpose of its questions during witness interviews.

Since the premier of the documentary, Schneider’s life has been in the spotlight, and his reputation has suffered a drastic downturn.


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