(LOS ANGELES) — Ashton Kutcher doesn’t like being punk’d. His production company, Katalyst Media, which has produced popular shows including Punk’d and Beauty and the Geek, is suing California’s Department of Motor Vehicles for backing out on a deal to shoot a reality series there, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Kutcher’s company and fellow production company Soda and Pop, Inc., claim they are owed $1.44 million for breach of contract.
Apparently, the DMV didn’t feel the show was “in its ‘best interests'” and would therefore “not be moving forward on such a project,” according to the lawsuit.
The reality series had already secured a network, TruTV, to air the show, which would have centered on the DMV’s employees and customers. Its working title was California DMV: Field Offices.
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