German rights group Intertainment will delay publishing its 2003 yearend financial figures until after a ruling is handed down on its $100 million lawsuit against Elie Samaha's Franchise Pictures.

COLOGNE (Hollywood Reporter)--German rights group Intertainment will delay publishing its 2003 yearend financial figures until after a ruling is handed down on its $100 million lawsuit against Elie Samaha's Franchise Pictures.

The suit, currently entering its fourth week of hearings in Santa Ana, Calif., centers on a deal signed in 1999 between Intertainment and Franchise in which the German firm agreed to pay a license fee that would cover 47% of Franchise's production costs on a slate of pictures.

Intertainment claims Franchise fraudulently inflated the budgets on films made under the deal, which included "3000 Miles to Graceland," "The Whole Nine Yards," "Battlefield Earth," "Driven," "Get Carter" and "The Pledge." The Munich-based group is betting its future on the successful outcome of the suit and on the $100 million in damages it is claiming from Franchise.

Samaha testified last Thursday that he had a secret oral agreement with Intertainment head Ruediger "Barry" Baeres to inflate movie budgets. Samaha claimed that Intertainment agreed to pay what was needed on any given picture, even if that exceeded the 47% cutoff written into its first-look deal with Franchise.

Samaha will take the stand again when the case resumes May 4. A decision on the suit is expected by June 11.

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