The Hollywood Reporter is reporting today that, in a civil trial watched closely by those in the film industry, a jury returned a verdict ordering Warner Bros. to pay producers Alan Ladd Jr. and Jay Kanter $3.2
million in revenue from a series of movies licensed in packages to TV
and cable stations. Hollywood accounting and other chicanery has long been a point of contention, but does anyone really think this is going to change things on balance?
After all, immediately after the verdict, a Warner Bros. spokesperson issued a statement that read, in part: “While we are disappointed by the jury’s verdict,
we understand their confusion over damages. We will now look at this
entire proceeding, and hope to rectify this erroneous decision at this
level or on appeal.”