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TV Profits Case That Stunned Hollywood Is Settled

Sep 11, 2019  •  Post A Comment

A legal battle that has been raging over one of television’s biggest hits for almost half a decade has been settled. The Hollywood Reporter’s THR, Esq., reports that Fox reached a settlement that will end a series of lawsuits over the series “Bones.”

“On Wednesday, the parties filed dismissal papers in Los Angeles Superior Court,” THR reports. “The dispute draws to its conclusion, but amid continued consolidation in the media sphere and new streaming platforms being launched by studio giants the brawl over ‘Bones’ is not likely to be forgotten anytime soon.”

THR notes that the case dates back to 2015, when actors Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz, along with Kathy Reichs, who authored the ‘Temperance Brennan’ novels that formed the basis for the series, and Executive VP Barry Josephson “went to court with the allegation that they had been defrauded by Fox of their rightful profit participation in a show that ultimately lasted 12 seasons.”

“The profits, or lack thereof, became heavily dependent on what Fox’s studio division (a production arm now owned by Disney) charged Fox’s distribution affiliates — a broadcast network, foreign stations and, especially, the part-owned Hulu — for rights to air and stream the show,” THR adds. “The main issue in the case was whether Fox undercharged license fees to its sister companies to derive much of the spoils of the show to the detriment of those expecting honest accounting.”

Arbitrator Peter Lichtman awarded $179 million in damages in February.

“The arbitrator saw evidence of multiple frauds on Fox’s part, including the underhanded way the production company attempted to limit its liability over the years by having creative talent sign releases,” THR notes.

Click on the link above to THR for the full story behind this high-profile case.

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