Smallville has been off the air for nearly two years now, but that does not mean it cannot still slide into the news cycle.
Attorneys for Warner Bros. and Smallville's co-creators/writers Miles Millar and Alfred Gough announced today that a dispute involving the program had been resolved.
An agreement has been reached in principle over the lawsuit, which said that Warner Bros. had withhold money from the show's profit participants via sweetheart license-fee deals it made through its sister television networks, keeping outside networks out of the loop.
The lawsuit was filed in 2010 and said that significant profits were deprived with the underselling of the program to WB affiliates. With licensing, the money brought in would have been much more apparently.
The original lawsuit had been modified, as it originally included Tollin/Robbins Productions, but they settled the suit earlier this year outside of the main lawsuit.
A trial was scheduled over the suit and was scheduled to begin in June. The plantiffs were seeking more than $100 million in damages.
Terms of the settlement have not been revealed.
I am stunned Warner Bros. would try this. Did they think that the plantiffs would not want their money? Anything for a buck, I guess.