Lawsuit over profits from Fox series "Bones" is settled

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A lawsuit over profits between the producers and stars
of the show "Bones" and 21st Century Fox has been settled.

The two sides in the long-running lawsuit over the hit Fox TV show filed
documents saying the lawsuit was settled in Los Angeles Superior Court on
Wednesday.

The terms and other details of the deal are confidential.

A private arbitrator had awarded "Bones" stars David Boreanaz and Emily
Deschanel along with the show's producers about $178 million after trial.

A judge then threw out $128 million of the award - the portion that was for
punitive damages - leaving the plaintiffs with about $50 million. The
plaintiffs were appealing the reduction when the lawsuit was settled.

Neither side had any comment, saying only that the lawsuit was settled
amicably.

On Thu, May 2, 2019 at 8:15 PM Steve Timko <steveti...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Judge tosses $128M damages in 'Bones' profit dispute
> LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge has overturned a $128 million punitive damages
> award to the stars and producers of the long-running Fox TV show "Bones" in
> a dispute over profits.
> Judge Richard Rico's order Thursday is a victory for 21st Century Fox. The
> studio calls it a vindication.
> The ruling leaves in place a $50 million award for compensatory damages,
> interest and attorney fees.
> David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel, the stars of "Bones" from 2005 through
> 2017, sued Fox in 2015, saying it denied them profits by licensing the show
> to Fox's TV division and to Hulu for below-market rates. They were joined
> by executive producer Barry Josephson and author Kathy Reichs, who wrote
> the novels "Bones" is based on.
> Their attorneys say they will appeal Rico's decision.
>
>
> On Wed, Feb 27, 2019 at 12:22 PM Adam Bowie <a...@adambowie.co.uk> wrote:
>
>> A long read from The Hollywood Reporter, with a court arbitrator
>> concluding that Fox Studios deliberately accepted lower than market rate
>> license fees from Fox Broadcasting for episodes of Bones. "Hollywood
>> accounting" practices made the show "unprofitable" meaning that the stars
>> and creators didn't share in potential profits that they were contractually
>> entitled to. There are suggestions of lying, cheating and double-dealing.
>>
>> What's really interesting is the Hulu aspect, suggesting that Hulu
>> severely underpaid Fox for episodes of the show. Since Fox is a shareholder
>> in Hulu, it was in the corporate's overall interests to make the service
>> more valuable, and that could be done in part by providing cheap
>> programming.
>>
>> The outcome could be that other shows examine how studios and networks
>> sold their shows to Hulu. If Hulu was getting lots of sweetheart deals,
>> then that could have consequences for the service long term.
>>
>>
>> https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/fox-rocked-by-179-million-bones-ruling-lying-cheating-reprehensible-studio-fraud-1190346
>>
>>
>>
>> Adam
>>
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