Carl Erik Rinsch, the director of Netflix's sci-fi series "Conquest," allegedly utilized $4 million from the show's budget to invest in Dogecoin (DOGE).
The article sheds light on the behind-the-scenes turmoil surrounding Rinsch's show, which was allocated a budget of $55 million by Netflix but has yet to release its first episode. After initially receiving a budget of $44 million from Netflix in March 2020, Rinsch requested further funds. Netflix agreed to provide an additional $11 million under the condition that Rinsch completed the series.
However, financial records obtained by the NY Times reveal that Rinsch used $10.5 million of the additional funds to engage in stock market speculation. Unfortunately, his options bets on pharmaceutical companies and the S&P 500 resulted in losses of nearly $6 million. With a little over $4 million remaining, Rinsch transferred the remaining funds to the cryptocurrency exchange Kraken and placed a full bet on Dogecoin. In May 2021, he reportedly withdrew around $27 million after liquidating his Dogecoin holdings.
Rinsch allegedly spent a substantial portion of his profits, approximately $9 million, on extravagant purchases such as luxury furniture, designer clothing, a watch worth over $380,000, five Rolls-Royces, and a Ferrari. These details emerged from a forensic accountant hired by Rinsch's ex-wife for their divorce proceedings.
In response to these developments, Rinsch initiated a confidential arbitration proceeding against Netflix, asserting that the streaming service breached their contract and owes him $14 million in damages. Netflix, on the other hand, denies any obligations and has characterized Rinsch's demands as an attempt to extort money.
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