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Christian Filmmakers, Erwin Brothers Sued Over KINGDOM Trademark Infringement
Christian filmmakers Jonathan and Andrew Erwin have been sued by a Florida-based Christian film studio for infringement of its federally registered trademark. The legal action comes months before the Lionsgate release of the brothers’ new movie I Still Believe. According to a complaint filed in federal court in Florida by the law firm of Santucci Priore, P.L., the Plaintiff, KingdomWorks Studios LLC continuously produced and distributed Christian-themed films under the name KingdomWorks Studios long before the Erwin brothers adopted the term “Kingdom.”
The Florida company, based in Stuart, is owned by Jeremy and Tiana Wiles, a filmmaking couple whose mission, according to their website, focuses on bringing healing and transformation to the broken. It is best known for its Conquer Series film series used by over 40,000 churches and viewed by over one million men around the world. KingdomWorks Studios helped create Genesis 3D, which was released in over 1,000 theaters nationwide and is currently in production of “From the Ashes,” a faith-based movie that was filmed in Ireland in November 2019.
They are releasing five new film series to churches in 2020. The lawsuit alleges that the Erwin Brothers’ use of Kingdom Studios is causing harm and confusion in the marketplace to the business affairs of KingdomWorks Studios.