2 items from 2009
25 May 2009 1:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Lawyers for Twentieth Century Fox Television and profit participants on the sitcom "Dharma & Greg" were back in court Friday in a case that could cost the studio as much as $15 million or more in revenue from the hit 1997-2002 series.
In a strange twist, the outcome of the litigation also could take a big chunk of money away from "Dharma" co-creator Chuck Lorre.
In October 2007, a lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court by several creative forces behind "Dharma," including star Jenna Elfman, co-creator Dottie Dartland, director James Burrows, executive producer More-Medavoy Management and talent agency Slessinger & Associates.
The plaintiffs claimed that Twentieth, which produced the show, was underpaying them in part by improperly deducting Lorre's considerable backend interest before calculating what was owed to them under their own deals.
In April, Judge Joseph Biderman ruled that the studio's Modified Adjusted Gross Receipts payments to Lorre's Meshuggenah Prods. and »
- By Matthew Belloni
Jensen, who plays Christina on the hit show, will quit Ugly Betty at the end of the current season so she can take a role in Elfman's Accidentally on Purpose, in which the former Dharma & Greg star plays a movie critic who finds herself pregnant.
But Jensen won't be saying goodbye to Betty forever - sitcom producer Silvio Horta tells Entertainment Weekly magazine, "While we're sad that Ashley will not be returning next season as a series regular, she is still a member of the Ugly Betty family. So don't be surprised if you see Christina pop back up in Betty's life." »
2 items from 2009
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