The Creator of Canada’s ‘The Newsroom’ Talks About A Certain HBO Program Of The Same Name

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By Alex Weprin Comment

Are you a fan of “The Newsroom”? No, not the HBO show from Aaron Sorkin. I’m talking about the original program, the dark comedy that aired on Canada’s CBC in the late 90’s and early 2000’s.

The Daily Beast’s Soraya Roberts remembered the show, and reached out to its creator, Ken Finkleman, to get his take on the HBO program of the same name. As we noted last year, HBO applied for a trademark on “The Newsroom” in the U.S. Finkleman tells Roberts that he was approached earlier this year by HBO lawyers.

“I said, ‘My show is finished, I’m not going to do it again. If you guys want to do a show called The Newsroom, in terms of creative people being supportive of each other, absolutely go ahead and use that name. Because if the shoe was on the other foot and I called you, I would want you to give it up as well,’” Finkleman says.

When asked if he gave his blessing for HBO to use their title, Meyboom, who co-owns the rights to Seasons 2 and 3 of The Newsroom with Finkleman (CBC owns Season 1), told the Beast via phone: “I don’t want to comment about that.”

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