CBS Settles Spinoff Profits Suit With 'NCIS' Creator

Law360, Los Angeles (January 18, 2013, 3:20 PM EST) -- CBS Studios Inc. has settled a lawsuit alleging it cheated "NCIS" creator Donald Bellisario out of profits from the show "NCIS: Los Angeles," the network said Friday, averting a trial that would have focused on the meaning of the term “spinoff.”

The settlement was announced only a week before the parties were due to go to trial on Bellisario's claims that “NCIS: Los Angeles” was a spinoff from “JAG,” another show he created. A 1992 contract with CBS allegedly entitled him to fixed payments and a...
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