JUDGE RULES ‘IMPROVEMENT’S’ HOME REMAINS AT ALPHABET

ABC hit “Home Improvement” won’t be shopped to rival networks anytime soon. That’s the word from L.A. Superior Court Judge Robert O’Brien, who turned down a request by the show’s producers, Wind Dancer Prods., for an injunction to halt Walt Disney Co. plans to renew the show with the Alphabet web.

Wind Dancer had filed a suit against Disney, where the production company is based, claiming the studio was cut-ting a sweetheart renewal deal with subsidiary ABC. Disney had agreed upon a license fee of roughly $3 million per episode for the top 10 show, but Wind Dancer felt the show is worth around $4 million per episode.

However, O’Brien, in siding with Disney, said Thursday that if in fact Wind Dancer’s charges are proved accurate, the dispute can be settled in monetary damages. A trial date has not been set.

The TV industry is watching the case very closely because, as the biz consolidates, producers fear they will become victims of corporate synergy.

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