August 10, 2009
Posted: 06:40 PM ET
By Alan Duke
LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) - A judge Monday said he will appoint an attorney to represent the legal rights of Michael Jackson's three children and then delayed a decision by a week on whether he will approve contracts involving the singer's estate.
Judge Mitchell Beckloff said has not yet chosen a guardian ad litum for the children.
Beckloff delayed a decision involving contracts between AEG Live and merchandizer Bravado after lawyers for Jackson's mother, Katherine Jackson, argued that AEG Live should not be given a share of perpetual rights of video shot of Jackson's rehearsals preparing for his "This Is It" shows in London.
The judge earlier approved a contract between Jackson's estate, AEG Live and Columbia Pictures for use of the video for a feature film planned to hit theaters at the end of October. That movie, however, depends on the judge also settling differences between Katherine Jackson, the estate's special administrators and AEG Live concerning who should profit from the video.
An AEG Live lawyer said at least 80 hours of video was shot by photographers hired by AEG Live in the weeks before Jackson's June 25 death.
Burt Levitch, Katherine Jackson's lawyer, said she was concerned that Jackson's three children might be included in the video. AEG Live lawyer Kathy Jorrie said that while she has not seen it, she was told no children appear in the video.
Jorrie said the original contract between Jackson and AEG Live for his 50 London shows gave the company a share in the concert video profits. Levitch said that agreement did not cover rehearsal video.
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