Court Spikes TV Station’s Appeal

Director Spike Lee yesterday won another court victory in his legal battle to keep cabler The New TNN from changing its name to Spike TV. Reuters reports that an appeals court upheld an injunction granted last week that temporarily prevents the company from using the name. Viacom can appeal to the State Supreme Court again in September.

The network, which had planned to launch “the first network for men” last Monday, claims it has lost $16.8 million due to the court order. Lee has only been ordered to post $500,000 to compensate for losses should TNN ultimately prevail in the case, as it believes it will.

Closely tied to the rebranding is the network’s new block of adult animated series featuring Stan Lee’s Stripperella, Jon Kricfalusi’s Ren & Stimpy and Kelsey Grammer’s Gary the Rat, which are scheduled to premiere this month.