TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Feb 28, 2019
In a decision that could have widespread repercussions in the entertainment industry, Fox has been hit with a $178.7-million judgment in a profit participation dispute with the cast and producers of the TV series “Bones,” The Los Angeles Times reports. The ruling was decided in arbitration and the award is among the largest of its kind. At the heart of the dispute was whether Fox engaged in so-called “self-dealing” — hiding profits from the show to avoid compensating key talent and producers. Arbitrator Peter Lichtman wrote in his decision that Fox engaged in “reprehensible conduct” and that top executives including 21st Century Fox President Peter Rice, and Fox TV Chairmen and Chief Executives Dana Walden and Gary Newman gave unconvincing testimony.