Fox News Network and Leftfield Pictures have settled a lawsuit that the reality TV producer filed after Fox Business Network ordered 26 episodes of a Leftfield-produced reality series about estate sale managers then pulled out of the project three months later. The producer whose credits include History’s Pawn Stars filed suit in July 2015 in New York Supreme Court seeking $4.5 million in damages after the deal went south.
“Leftfield Pictures of NY, LLC and Fox News Network, LLC today announced an amicable and confidential settlement concerning their litigation filed in the Supreme Court of New York,” the companies said in a just-released joint statement. “No party has admitted any wrongdoing or liability and there has not been any court finding as to the merits of the lawsuit. The parties have also agreed not to make any additional comments about the terms of the settlement. Leftfield and Fox News hope to work together in the future.”
In the suit, Leftfield claimed FBN had agreed to a deal for the series which was already in production when the network pulled the plug and refused to pay. FBN later filed a response that said Leftfield misrepresented some of the show’s participants; the network said it told producers the series had to be accurate since it would air on a news network, not an entertainment network. It also claimed Leftfield did not deliver the first six episodes by a deadline stipulated in the deal.