In the middle of all this came the Fleetway Film and Television debacle. This is described more fully in the later pages of the 2000AD
section of this site. Suffice it to say, that Fleetway were trying to get me and other 2000AD
creators to sign away all rights, including moral rights, to characters we'd created for 2000AD
, claiming that they owned all rights anyway and signing this new document was merely a formality. As no money was on offer in exchange for these rights, I declined to sign.
This incensed Fleetway management and they tried to persuade Egmont Interactive MD Jon Davidge to put pressure on me to sign their wretched piece of paper. To his credit, Jon told them he had no power to force me to do that.
Interestingly it was shortly after this that the head office of Egmont in Denmark decided that enough had been invested in the Fun Online
venture and instructed the German office to shut down Egmont Interactive operations.