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‘Crash’ Producer Loses Appeal Over Movie Credit

LOS ANGELES (CN) - The Producers Guild of America and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have no obligation to give Bob Yari producer credit on the 2006 Oscar-winning film "Crash," a California appeals court ruled.

The justices rejected Yari's claim that he had a "right of fair procedure" to have courts review the guild's decision denying him producer credit for "Crash," a film that explores racism in America and won Best Picture at the 2006 Academy Awards.

Under the academy's new rules in 2005, "nominees will be those with three or fewer producers who have performed the major portion of the producer function."

Because "Crash" had six credited producers, the guild had to select the two producers it deemed most worthy to receive credit for the awards program. Yari was not chosen. He sued the guild and the academy, claiming the decision was arbitrary and damaged his reputation by portraying him as a "mere money man" unworthy of credit for his creative work. The decision unfairly stripped Yari of the "recognition, prestige, financial and professional benefits attained by only the most successful motion picture producers," he claimed.

The appeals court affirmed a ruling for the defendants, saying the courts should not meddle in a private organization's decision.

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