How ‘Bones’ Creators Beat ‘Hollywood Accounting’
Forensic bookkeeping strikes again. An arbitrator recently ruled that 21st Century Fox must pay the long-running forensic anthropology series’ creatives $179 million in the industry’s second-largest such award. Despite its obvious success, the show was licensed to partly Fox-owned Hulu at a giveaway price, the arbitrator determined, then reported no profits for sharing with actors such as David Boreanaz, its executive producer or the author whose work inspired Bones.
Could it change the game? The decision could discourage other production companies from hiding profits with “Hollywood accounting” — and undercut studios’ streaming initiatives.