Kutcher Production Co. Sues DMV over Reality Show

By the Associated Press | June 20, 2012 | 1:07 PM EDT

FILE - This Jan. 11, 2012 file photo shows actor Ashton Kutcher during the panel discussion for the sitcom "Two and a Half Men" at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour for CBS, the CW and Showtime in Pasadena, Calif. Kutcher's production company Katalyst Media Inc. sued the California Department of Motor Vehicles on Tuesday, June 19, 2012, claiming the agency backed out of a deal to produce a reality series based on the much-maligned government agency. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond, file)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ashton Kutcher's production company is suing because it isn't being allowed to spend more time at the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Katalyst Media Inc.'s breach of contract lawsuit accuses the California DMV of reneging on a deal to film a reality series focused on the much-maligned government agency and its customers. 

The company produced Kutcher's show "Punk'd" and some of the actor's other projects and claims it is owed more than $1.4 million on the deal.

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Los Angeles.

It states the DMV backed out of the reality show on claims it was no longer in the agency's best interests, but it had already been promised to the TruTV channel. 

DMV spokesman Mike Marando says the agency does not comment on active lawsuits.