David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel are celebrating a huge legal victory in the former “Bones” co-stars’ lawsuit against Fox, with Deadline reporting the pair — along with exec producer Barry Josephson and writer Kathy Reichs, on whose novels the show was based — have been awarded $178,695,778.90 in the case.
The lawsuit, launched in 2015 while “Bones” was still in production, alleged that Fox had been cheating them out of back-end revenue from the show’s distribution on various streaming platforms such as Hulu, a market that has only grown since the show ended its 12-season run in 2017.
The arbitration process was apparently disastrous for Fox, which was hit with $128 million in punitive damages.
“We are so proud of the hard work we did on ‘Bones’ for 12 seasons and only ever wanted Fox to live up to its promises and contractual obligations,” said Deschanel in a statement.
“It’s clear that what we were saying all along was true: we were owed additional compensation for our work,” said Boreanaz. “Now I can only hope that Fox is made to settle its obligations to us without further delay.”
Added Josephson: “This is a tremendous victory for the ‘Bones’ profit participants who created and starred in the longest-running drama series to air on the Fox network.”
John V. Berlinski and Daniel A. Saunders jointly represent three of the four respondents, Deschanel, Boreanaz and Reichs. “What we have exposed in this case is going to profoundly change the way Hollywood does business for many years to come,” Berlinski told Deadline. “Our clients’ creativity and hard work brought Fox its longest-running and most profitable drama ever. Now Fox needs to — at long last — do the right thing and pay them what they are owed.”
As expected, Fox has already filed a motion to appeal the ruling. “The ruling by this private arbitrator is categorically wrong on the merits and exceeded his arbitration powers,” said a rep for 21st Century Fox. “Fox will not allow this flagrant injustice, riddled with errors and gratuitous character attacks, to stand and will vigorously challenge the ruling in a court of law.”
You can read the entire 66-page judgement right here.