March 27, 1997 |
A Superior Court judge in Los Angeles freed Walt Disney Co. to renew "Home Improvement" on ABC for two more seasons, denying a request for an injunction to stop the deal by the producers of the top-rated comedy. Wind Dancer Production Group, the Burbank company controlled by producer Matt Williams, the creator of the show, sued Disney in late February, claiming that Walt Disney Television extended a "sweetheart deal" to ABC because the two units are owned by the same studio.
October 27, 1996 |
Is it a trend? Just this month, there have been two announcements that movie/TV companies are putting big bucks into developing plays and playwrights. Now there is still more news from that quarter. This week's developments won't be as immediately beneficial to the Los Angeles theater scene as the $340,000 DreamWorks SKG is giving to the Mark Taper Forum, or the purchase of the Coronet Theatre by Dee Gee Entertainment (in part so that Playwrights' Kitchen Ensemble can develop plays there).
February 3, 1998 |
As if ABC didn't have enough problems, the producers of its most popular entertainment series, "Home Improvement," are furious over the network's decision to temporarily bench their other prime-time show, the Dan Aykroyd comedy "Soul Man."
February 25, 1997 |
In an action with broad implications for self-dealing by Hollywood studios, the producers of "Home Improvement" are suing Walt Disney Co. over negotiations to renew the ABC series. Wind Dancer Production Group--the Burbank firm headed by producer Matt Williams, which created and produces the popular Tim Allen comedy--contends in a suit filed Monday that production partner Walt Disney Television isn't representing its interests because ABC and Disney are part of the same parent company.
June 22, 1993 |
It's the Tool Time girl meets T-Rex. Disney began selling reruns of the hit ABC sitcom "Home Improvement" to local stations two weeks ago, and already the show has become the "Jurassic Park" of syndication. Although sold to only 10 TV stations so far, "Home Improvement" is shaping up as one of the biggest successes in syndication. Based on initial sales, Disney executives expect that "Home Improvement" could gross well over $2.5 million per episode.