Trio Accused By Ted Williams Of 'Unfair Deal' Respond
August 24, 2011 at 4:59 AM (PT)
On MONDAY (NET NEWS 8/22), ALL ACCESS reported TED WILLIAMS, the homeless man with the "golden voice," was suing producer ZEV SUISSA and voiceover pros RANDY THOMAS and JOE CIPRIANO, claiming the trio got WILLIAMS to sign a 'one-sided, onerous, burdensome, non-negotiated and blatantly unfair' deal that gives them a huge chunk of any money WILLIAMS makes."
Through their attorneys, JOE CIPRIANO, RANDY THOMAS and ZEV SUISSA have issued this statement on the matter:
"JOE CIPRIANO, RANDY THOMAS and ZEV SUISSA have never taken any money from Mr. TED WILLIAMS. They have not commissioned any of his deals. In fact, they have personally invested thousands of dollars to support Mr. WILLIAMS because they genuinely wanted to help him achieve his second chance in life. They never asked Mr. WILLIAMS to do anything against his will. In return for their efforts, JOE, RANDY and ZEV have had to endure false statements about their intentions.
"Like so many others, JOE, RANDY and ZEV were touched by the story of TED WILLIAMS, the homeless man with the golden voice asking for a second chance in life. After first hearing about JOE and RANDY, Mr. WILLIAMS and his manager AL BATTLE reached out to the voiceover veterans for advice on how to handle a successful career for Mr. WILLIAMS. They said that Mr. WILLIAMS had been overwhelmed with offers coming from every direction and that they very much wanted to hire JOE, RANDY and ZEV to guide his career.
"JOE, RANDY and ZEV agreed to enter into a contract with Mr. WILLIAMS and Mr. BATTLE, and went about creating a career for Mr. WILLIAMS with the same sense of quality and professionalism they would want for themselves.
"Working with Mr. WILLIAMS soon turned into a time-consuming job, demanding immense attention. Contrary to their advice, Mr. WILLIAMS often chose to involve himself in several other projects that did not meet their standard of quality.
"At this time, Mr. WILLIAMS has retained new advisers and he has decided to sue JOE, RANDY and ZEV to be released from their agreement. They do not believe there is any merit to the lawsuit, but certainly do not want to prevent Mr. WILLIAMS from achieving his dreams, and for months have been in discussions to help him do so. JOE, RANDY and ZEV wish Mr. WILLIAMS the best of luck with his new team. They hope he has much success in both his personal and professional life. "