‘Secret' Director Files Lawsuit28 Apr, 2008 By: Erik Gruenwedel
The director of The Secret, a motivational DVD and bestselling self-help book that has reportedly generated $300 million in revenue, has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit seeking compensation and a share of the profits.
Drew Heriot filed the suit April 21 in an Illinois federal court alleging Secret's executive producer Rhonda Byrne and a Chicago business conspired to deny him co-ownership and profits through a series of U.S. and foreign shell organizations.
The complaint alleged Heriot created the structure of the DVD, conducted many of the interviews, worked on the screenplay, edited the film and directed the most important dramatic scenes.
The suit seeks naming Heriot co-author of the project, full financial accounting of the DVD and book's revenue, and a percentage of the profits.
Originally released on DVD and online in 2006, The Secret used a documentary format of interviews and dramatized sequences to showcase principles from the book, Law of Attraction.
That book claimed that thoughts and feelings contributed to attracting real events into people's lives thereby allowing for greater personal and spiritual fulfillment.
Oprah Winfrey reportedly devoted two of her TV shows to The Secret. The printed version reportedly spent 66 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list.
A representative from TS Production LLC, Bryne's production company, was not immediately available for comment.