Warner Bros. and other TimeWarner affiliates have just settled a massive lawsuit with the creators and executive producers of the former CW show, Smallville. The showrunners, Brian Rollins and Mike Tollin (of Tollin/Robbins Productions), alleged that they were cheated out of millions and millions of dollar bill$ after faulty licensing.
The duo filed back in 2010 for a whopping $100 million in damages since WBTV supposedly undersold the 10 season series to The CW instead of licensing fairly with networks outside the WB family.
The Bros. attempted to convince the judge that said damages were based on uncredible speculation because Tollin and Robbins couldn’t say for sure that Smallville would’ve made more if they licensed somewhere else..but they obviously failed miserably!!!
The judge dismissed the argument and left it up to the jury to determine the outcome, who ultimately sided with Tollin/Robbins.
Tollin and Robbins win was further cemented by the late claim that WB paid itself for the rights to Superman thanks to its ownership of DC Comics, costing producers $13.4 million.
A separate lawsuit involving the superhero hit series and its writers/executive producers is still active and scheduled for trial in June.
This type of argument regarding Hollywood’s account has been a hot topic for a while now, so hopefully this win will inspire some change!!
[Image Courtesy of The CW]