Posted January 28, 2012 by Esslinger Staff
It seemed like a solid idea:
PBS’s new show Downton Abbey is doing splendidly, so they decided to create a accompanying jewelry line to help fund their programs. Pieces were named after various characters and featured a variety of styles. Unfortunately, what sounded like a great fundraising plan for PBS ended abruptly after complaints from the shows producers Carnival Films.
Carnival reportedly complained to PBS told Today.com that it did not authorize the line and did not want the jewelry, which The Mail (a British paper) characterized as “Downton Shabby,” associated with its characters. It added that its lawyers had been in touch with ShopPBS.
After the complaint, the page was quickly removed by PBS.