Media company NBCUniversal is suing an unaffiliated television production company that goes by the name of NBCU Productions, LLC for “blatantly infringing NBCUniversal’s trademarks in order to mislead third parties,” The Hollywood Reporter writes.
The Miami-based production company is accused of using NBCUniversal’s marks to “falsely portray themselves as associated with NBCUniversal,” going so far as to using NBCUniversal’s iconic peacock logo on invoices and using email addresses for its employees that end in “@nbcuni-studios.com.” And, until recently, NBCU Production’s domain — nbcuni-studios.com — redirected to NBCUniversal's website.
NBCU also represented in a media kit for a television show it produced called “Stars & Hearts” that it was going to air during primetime on an NBCUniversal channel. In addition, NBCU Productions had also operated under the name “E Television Productions” which more than slightly resembles NBCUniversal’s own E! Entertainment Television, LLC subsidiary.