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Co-Creator of 'L.A. Law' to Quit Fox in Suit Settlement

February 06, 1988|DIANE HAITHMAN | Times Staff Writer

Terry Louise Fisher, co-creator of the NBC-TV series "L.A. Law" and the ABC series "Hooperman," will leave 20th Century Fox and give up her association with the two shows under terms of an out-of-court settlement announced Friday in her suit against the studio.

"I am happy that this litigation has been settled, and that this dispute is over," Fisher said in a prepared statement. "I'm delighted with the settlement."

Neither Fox nor Fisher would comment on the terms of the agreement or any monetary settlement.

Fisher, who co-created both series with Steven Bochco and was supervising producer of the Emmy Award-winning "L.A. Law," was barred from participating in the NBC show Dec. 4 following creative and monetary disputes with Fox and Bochco, the show's executive producer. She subsequently filed a $50-million lawsuit against Fox and Bochco for breach of contract.

Disputes had begun when Fisher was asked to take over as executive producer of the show to allow Bochco to devote more time to his recent 10-series development deal with ABC. The arguments centered on Fisher's salary demands and a disagreement with Bochco over whether he should be allowed to participate as a consultant to the show once Fisher became executive producer.

Bochco was out of town and unavailable for comment Friday. Harris Katleman, president and chief executive of Fox's television division, said that Bochco would continue as executive producer of "L.A. Law" and that a successor to Fisher was not being considered.

"I'm considering the very exciting career opportunity that has been presented to me, and I expect to have an announcement soon," said Fisher, who previously worked on the CBS series "Cagney & Lacey." She currently has an agreement with Walt Disney Pictures to produce, write and develop theatrical films. A Disney spokesman said discussions about a new project are "moving along nicely."

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