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Warner Bros. Settles Big ‘Smallville’ Vertical Integration Lawsuit (Exclusive)

January 3, 2013
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smallville_s10_finale_2011_a_pTollin/Robbins Productions had claimed more than $100 million in damages over the way WBTV handled financials on the long-running Superman series.

Warner Bros. has settled a big part of a significant lawsuit that alleged the creators and executive producers of Smallville were cheated out of tens of millions of dollars through sweetheart license-fee deals that the studio made with its sister TV networks.

On Wednesday, Tollin/Robbins Productions submitted papers in Los Angeles Superior Court to dismiss its claims. A Warner Bros. spokesperson confirms to The Hollywood Reporter that the dispute with the production company has been resolved. Part of the case from Killara Productions, run by Smallville co-developer Miles Millar and Leonardtown Productions and operated by Alfred Gough, continues.

The Tollin/Robbins lawsuit from Smallville showrunners Mike Tollin and Brian Robbins seeking more than $100 million in damages was filed in March 2010, about a year before the long-running show about Superman’s earthly upbringing ended after 10 lucrative seasons on the air.

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Warner Bros. Settles Big ‘Smallville’ Vertical Integration Lawsuit (Exclusive).

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