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.