An arbitrator issued a stunning decision that awarded the stars and executive producer of ‘Bones’ $179 million and accused top Fox execs of lying, cheating and perjuring themselves. This all comes as the Disney/Fox merger is about to close, and 2 of the 3 executives named in the decision will have top jobs at Disney, which makes things awkward for Bob Iger.
In other legal news, Netflix is gearing up for a big trial over poaching executives that could make current exec contracts at the more traditional studios worthless.
As Richard Plepler leaves, it’s the end of an era at HBO. With Bob Greenblatt taking over under a WarnerMedia regime, will the cable giant be able to retain its prestige programming, or will the pressure to make more money lead to broader fare?