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Miramax, Zaentz Co. Settle Lawsuit Over ‘English Patient’ Profits

Miramax, Zaentz Co. Settle Lawsuit Over ‘English Patient’ Profits
Miramax and The Saul Zaentz Co. have settled a long-running dispute over the profits from Oscar best picture winner “The English Patient.”

Producer Saul Zaentz, who died earlier this year, sued Miramax in 2011, claiming that the company and its one-time-owner Disney “engaged in multiple acts of self-dealing and unfair business practices designed to ensure that the the amount of true gross receipts generated from the exploitation of ‘The English Patient’ would be artificially manipulated and understated.” Zaentz entered into a joint venture with Miramax in 1995 to make and co-finance the picture.

Zaentz’s suit sought at least $20 million, and claimed that Miramax “contrived to keep the picture in a paper loss position no matter how much ‘The English Patient’ earned.”

But Miramax disputed whether an agreement was ever reached on the definition of the net profits that the Zaentz Co. claimed it was to receive.

The parties informed Los Angeles
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New Ums pact for 'Scrubs' duo

New Ums pact for 'Scrubs' duo
Longtime "Scrubs" writer-producers Garrett Donovan and Neil Goldman have inked a new two-year overall deal at Universal Media Studios.

Under the seven-figure pact, the duo join the recently picked-up NBC comedy series "Community" as executive producers/showrunners.

The single-camera project, created by Dan Harmon, is a co-production between Sony TV, which developed and produced the pilot, and Ums.

"Community," about a group of misfits attending a community college, stars Joel McHale, Chevy Chase, Danny Pudi, Gillian Jacobs and Yvette Nicole Brown.

Donovan and Goldman will exec produce alongside Harmon, Russ Krasnoff and Gary Foster.

For the past eight years, Donovan and Goldman worked on "Scrubs," which ran on NBC for seven seasons before migrating to ABC in the fall.

They joined the ABC Studios-produced series at its inception as co-producers, rising to exec producers for the past three seasons.

Having worked on the longest-running live-action comedy series currently on
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Eatery Mystery In Miami

Tony Robbins insists that a group of which he was a part absolutely, positively did not stiff Philippe Miami. Observers at the eatery told us the waitstaff was recently ruffled when a table of businessmen, including the self-help guru, left after having about $275 worth of drinks and appetizers. They say dinners worth $330 had been ordered and were being prepared when the group took off, prompting chef Philippe Chow to take care of the servers' gratuity of $125 out of his own pocket. Robbins' lawyer, Brian Wolf, told us the story is false:
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Dis hooks up with 'Undateable'

Walt Disney Pictures has pre-emptively picked up "Undateable," a comedy pitch from scribes Jack Angelo and Sam Brown. Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot's Disney-based Offspring will produce along with Mikkel Bondessen of Fuse Entertainment.

The project is based on the true story of Brian Wolf, who had no dating life, so he started a Web site called SettleForBrian.com, about why women should settle for him. Among the site's highlights is a comprehensive pro and con list where he waxes about his large nose and earlobe ("They say that a person's ears and nose continue to grow throughout his life, so this situation is only going to get worse") and how he was rejected by dating site eHarmony.com, which said he was one of the people it didn't think it could find a match for.

Fuse's Alex Goldstone will executive produce, and Rich Demato will co-produce.

Kristin Burr
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