Warner Bros., Twentieth Sue Granite for Fee Nonpayment

Sep 11, 2006  •  Post A Comment

Syndicators Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution and Twentieth Television have separately filed lawsuits against Granite Broadcasting for nonpayment of syndication license fees.

Warner Bros. filed suit Aug. 4 in California’s Superior Court, alleging breach of several syndication license agreements for nonpayment of fees. The company is seeking monetary damages of more than $7.5 million from Granite.

On Aug. 31, Twentieth TV and 20th Century Fox Film Corp. filed a similar suit in California alleging breach of three television syndication license agreements due to nonpayment of license fees. The companies are seeking monetary damages in excess of $22.9 million.

Twentieth TV declined to comment on its suit, but a Warner Bros. spokeswoman said her company was owed license fees from Granite’s WXON-TV in Detroit and KBWB-TV in San Francisco for the off-network series “The Drew Carey Show,” “Friends” and “Fresh Prince of Bel Air.”