An executive producer on a long-running Fox drama series filed a complaint today in L.A. Superior Court alleging breach of contract and fraudulent inducement, Dominic Patten reports on Deadline.com. “Bones” producer Barry Josephson filed the suit against 20th Century Fox Corp., Fox Broadcasting Co. and Fox Entertainment Group, Patten reports.
“Josephson says the ‘unrelenting’ broadcaster stiffed him and others for potentially millions in promised profit participation,” the story notes. A rep for Fox declined to comment on the action.
Patten reports that the eight-claim lawsuit details “’underreporting’ of more than $19 million from license fees in Europe, ‘misclassifying’ of more than $3.75 million in integration and product-placement deals and ‘misallocated revenue’ from Fox-owned Hulu, among other focused examples.”
Josephson reportedly accuses high-ranking Fox officials, including Gary Newman and Dana Walden, who are now co-CEOs of Fox, of using hardball tactics, including threatening to cancel the show, to get Josephson and others — including showrunner Hart Hansen, producer Kathleen Reichs and stars Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz, who are also producers on the show — to agree to reduced episodic license fees.
“Josephson is seeking unspecified monetary damages, punitive damages, a full accounting and restitution,” the report notes.
“Bones,” which premiered in 2005, has been airing on Fox for 11 seasons.