Former Reba creator and showrunner Allison Gibson has been denied her claim on profits from the sitcom’s second season for a second time. California’s Second District Court of Appeal reaffirmed a trial judge’s decision that 20th Century Fox Television did not commit breach of contract by not paying Gibson a 25% vested share in Reba’s sophomore season’s revenues. The co-executive producer was let go from Reba in March 2002, two months before the show’s first season concluded. Gibson, who had a two-year contract that paid her a portion of Reba’s adjusted gross, charged in her initial October 28, 2011 suit against Fox that she was entitled to her vested shares in the second season because she was already working on season two when she was dismissed. The court disagreed. “The trial court granted defendant’s motion for summary adjudication on the ground that the contract was unambiguous and that Gibson was not entitled to any relief,” wrote the court. “Gibson argues that the contract was unambiguous and should be interpreted in her favor, and that alternatively, the contract was ambiguous so that there is a triable issue of fact. We affirm because the contract is not reasonably susceptible to Gibson’s interpretation, and is consistent with the trial court’s interpretation.” Starring singer Reba McEntire, Reba debuted October 5, 2001 on The WB. The show ran until 2007. Gibson has another case against 20th Century Fox Television claiming that she was underpaid by over $650,000 on the modified adjusted gross that she did receive. Richard Ross and Bruce Adelstein of the Richard G. Sherman Law Offices represented Gibson in this case. David Fink and Kenneth D. Kronstadt of LA firm Kelley Drye & Warren represented 20th Century Fox Television
20th Century Fox TV Wins ‘Reba’ Producer Profits Case, Again
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