Former FX Exec’s Sentencing Rescheduled

Nov 16, 2004  •  Post A Comment

The sentencing hearing for Steven Webster, the former VP of publicity for FX who pleaded no contest to wiretapping FX conference calls, has been rescheduled to Nov. 30. The hearing was scheduled to take place Nov. 18 in Los Angeles Superior Court, but Deputy District Attorney Jeff McGrath said that due to the “sheer volume” of e-mail from Mr. Webster’s computer the prosecution needed more time to comb through the messages.

Mr. McGrath also said a protective order for trade secret information needed to be filed to prevent confidential information, such as the salary schedule for Fox employees, including those at FX, or general business plans, from becoming public during these proceedings.

Mr. Webster worked for FX from 1999 until July 2001. He admitted to illegally tapping into FX executives weekly conference calls from July 2001 to Jan. 2004 while he was working for Sony Pictures and then Universal Television Group. He was formally charged with wiretapping in July 2004.

Mr. Webster remains free on $10,000 bail but could face a sentencing ranging from probation to three years in prison.