David Hasselhoff-Endorsed Start-up Enters Bankruptcy
This week on The Broke and the Beautiful, a home-services start-up endorsed by The Hoff filed for bankruptcy, and an executive who helped re-pitch the concept for “Survivor” after it was snubbed by major networks fighting for profits. Also, “Dance Moms” star Abby Lee Miller might be missing from a few episodes, and “Gossip Girl” star Kelly Rutherford won’t have custody of her kids.
David Hasselhoff shows New Yorkers how easy it is to clean with Clorox’s new products and Homejoy cleaning service in New York in March. Cindy Ord/Getty Images
Homejoy Inc., the on-demand house-cleaning start-up, entered chapter 11 protection on Tuesday. As Bankruptcy Beat reported, the company, which once hired none other than David Hasselhoff to endorse it, said a few months ago that it would be shutting down. “We gave it our all, but regretfully, we have made the difficult decision to cease operations,” the company’s founders, Adora and Aaron Cheung, said in a blog post in July. Court documents filed in San Jose show the company has between $1 million and $10 million in both assets and debts. (If you’re in India, though, you might be in luck—Fortune reported this week that Amazon Inc. is investing in an Indian version of the service called Housejoy.)
In the battle between Cloudbreak Entertainment Inc. and Layne Leslie Britton, who will be the survivor? As Bankruptcy Beat reported, Mr. Britton, who helped re-pitch the concept of the award-winning reality show “Survivor,” is trying to collect about $14 million in profits he says he is owed. The money was supposed to come from entertainment consultant Conrad Riggs and his company, Cloudbreak. But Cloudbreak filed for bankruptcy earlier this month, which typically puts the brakes on most lawsuits. Mr. Britton wants the suit to continue. Mr. Riggs has denied wrongdoing.
We are a just a few weeks away from the premier of the next season of “Dance Moms,” but the star of the Lifetime reality show might be offscreen for a little while. According to Deadline, Abby Lee Miller said she might be missing from a few episodes because “I am fighting with a producer.” Ms. Miller, the owner of the dance studio featured on the show, is also looking to push back her bankruptcy-fraud trial to February. Ms. Miller, who filed for bankruptcy in 2010, was indicted on bankruptcy-fraud charges after a bankrputcy judge saw her show while he was channel-surfing.
Kelly Rutherford has fought a long, drawn-out battle to keep her kids. This week, a judge in Monaco ruled that the “Gossip Girl” star’s ex-husband, Daniel Giersch, will keep full custody of their two children, the Daily Mail reported. The ruling also prohibits Ms. Rutherford form bringing her children—Hermes, 9; and Helena, 6—to the U.S., court documents show. She must conduct all her visits with the children in France and Monaco. Ms. Rutherford filed for bankruptcy in 2013 with more than $2 million in debt, most of it due to the custody battle with Mr. Giersch.
(And fun fact: Relativity Media, which plunged into bankruptcy this year after enduring several box-office flops, had two movies on the AV Club’s “20 worst films of 2015.”
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