Arbitrator orders Fox to pay $179M in “Bones” profit dispute

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – An arbitrator has ordered 21st Century Fox to pay $179 million in a dispute over profits with the stars of the long-running Fox TV show “Bones.”

The decision revealed in a court filing Wednesday includes $128 million in punitive damages against Fox executives for “intentional fraud and malice.”

David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel, the stars of “Bones” from 2005 through 2017, sued Fox in 2015, saying it denied them profits by licensing the show to Fox’s TV division and to Hulu for below-market rates. They were joined by executive producer Barry Josephson and author Kathy Reichs, who authored the novels “Bones” is based on. The case went to private arbitration in 2016.

Fox criticized the decision and intends to fight it, saying the arbitrator “is categorically wrong on the merits.”

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This story has been corrected to show the court filing came Wednesday, not Friday.

FILE – In this May 16, 2016 file photo, David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel attend the FOX Networks 2016 Upfront Presentation Party in New York. An arbitrator has ordered 21st Century Fox to pay $179 million in a dispute over profits with the stars of the long-running Fox TV show “Bones.” Boreanaz and Deschanel, the stars of “Bones” from 2005 through 2017, sued Fox in 2015, saying it denied them profits by licensing the show to Fox’s TV division and to Hulu for below-market rates. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
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