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Anglia Television Ltd. v. Reed
Citation:Court of Appeal, Civil Division,  3 All E.R. 690
ProfessorMelissa A. Hale
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In 1968 Anglia wanted to make a film of a play for television called “The Man in the Wood.” Anglia made arrangements: they employed a director, designer, and stage manager; they also found a location to shoot the film. They then hired Reed to be their leading man. Reed and Anglia agreed that he would come to England and be available between September 9th and October 11th 1968 to rehearse and shoot the film for 1,050 pounds a week, 100 pounds of living expenses per week, and first-class fares to and from the United States. However, there was a mistake as Reed’s agent had already booked him for a different play during the same timeframe; Reed therefore breached his contract. Anglia tried to find a substitute in time but could not, so they had to abandon the entire project. Anglia then sued Reed for damages.
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