Landmark profit dispute over 'Bones' TV show ends in a settlement with Fox

Landmark profit dispute over 'Bones' TV show ends in a settlement with Disney-Fox

12.9.2019

Landmark profit dispute over 'Bones' TV show ends in a settlement with Disney-Fox

A judge in May had overturned a $128.5-million punitive damages award against 20th Century Fox Television.

a massive $128.5-million punitive damages award to stars Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz and two producers of the long-running show, representing a major victory for Fox. However, the judge left in place a $50-million judgment for actual damages. Advertisement Walt Disney Co. in March acquired the Fox studio as part of the Burbank entertainment giant’s $71.3-billion acquisition of 21st Century Fox Inc. The case was closely followed in the entertainment industry. Arbitrator Peter Lichtman stunned the television business in February by slapping Fox with a $178.7-million judgment. The “Bones” award was among the largest of its kind and highlighted the accounting practices of major studios and whether they shortchange talent. In his decision, Lichtman had sharply criticized Fox executives, some of whom were poised to join Disney. Lichtman wrote in his decision that Fox had engaged in “reprehensible conduct” and that leaders, including former 21st Century Fox President Peter Rice and senior Fox TV executives Dana Walden and Gary Newman, gave unconvincing testimony. Rice is now chairman of Walt Disney Television, and Walden is chairwoman of Disney Television Studios and ABC Entertainment. Fox challenged the punitive damages decision, arguing that the arbitrator overstepped. The studio brought in litigator Daniel Petrocelli to make its case. Advertisement Litigation began in 2015 when Deschanel and Boreanaz, along with executive producer Barry Josephson and crime writer Kathy Reichs, sued Fox, accusing the television studio of cheating them out of millions of dollars in payments. They alleged that the studio charged licensing fees below market rates to its related divisions, the Fox Broadcasting network and Hulu, which also distributed the show. The alleged scheme resulted in lower payments to the profit participants, the plaintiffs said. The crime drama ran from 2005 to 2017 on the Fox broadcast network, now part of Rupert Murdoch’s Fox Corp., which owns the Fox assets that Disney did not acquire. Times staff writer Meg James contributed to this report. Read more: Los Angeles Times

Fox Settles 'Bones' Suit, Ending Profits Case That Stunned HollywoodEmily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Barry Josephson, and Kathy Reichs take a lucrative settlement after scoring an arbitration award that slammed Fox's 'reprehensible' fraud. Ironically, they used a forensic accountant. emilydeschanel David_Boreanaz It's funny, we rightly criticize Chinese film partners for misreporting of grosses, but when it comes to being transparent with talent, our studios are not much better. emilydeschanel David_Boreanaz Ironically, they used a forensic accountant.

‘Bones’ Profit Battle Ends As Fox & Disney Settle With Stars Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz & EPsNearly four years after executive producer Barry Josephson first filed his breach of contract and fraudulent inducement complaint against Fox over millions in alleged lost profits from the long run… David_Boreanaz emilydeschanel

Fox Settles ‘Bones’ Profit DisputeFox has settled its long-running profits litigation over the crime show “Bones,” during which an arbitrator accused top Fox executives of lying on the witness stand. The arbitrator, Pet… Damn...I’m invested now and want to know what they got in the settlement lol Essa. Série. Dó. Fbi.

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Disney Planning Sale of Fox Video Game DivisionFoxNext was one of the divisions that Disney acquired in its $71.3 billion deal for the Fox assets.

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