Court finds in favor of Peacock
A Los Angeles Superior Court jury ruled Thursday in favor of NBC Studios in a lawsuit filed against the production company by scribes Ian Sander and Kim Moses.
Sander and Moses exec produced the first two seasons of the Peacock’s late 1990s mystery series “Profiler,” which they believe was undervalued when NBC renegotiated the show’s license with the studio.
In a ruling that could potentially impact other profit participant complaints, the jury ruled that NBC Studios did not owe the scribes more than $1 million in contractual damages. (The court had earlier thrown out punitive damage claims.)
A Peacock statement said the network “proved that it has paid Mr. Sander and Ms. Moses all amounts to which they are entitled under their contract.”
Several profit participants have sued networks and studios for self-dealing through the years, including Wind Dancer’s complaint against Disney/ABC over the license of “Home Improvement.” But most of those cases were settled out of court.
Peacock is in litigation with “Will & Grace” creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan.
“We treat our profit participants fairly and abide by our contracts,” NBC U TV Group prexy Jeff Zucker said. “If they choose to sue us nevertheless, we will vigorously defend the case, as we did here.”