JURY FINDS FOR PRODUCERS IN PACKAGING CASE

Producers Alan Ladd Jr. and Jay Kanter obtained a $3.2 million verdict against Warner Bros. Ladd and Kanter, under the Ladd Co., produced 12 films for Warner Bros., including Blade Runner, Chariots of Fire and the Police Academy movies. The case involves the practice of studios packaging or bundling films together when licensing or distributing those movies to other outlets. Ladd and Kanter claimed the Warner Bros. shortchanged them when it packaged those movies with less desirable films for distribution and assigned a license fee which did not reflect their films’ actual worth. In a closely watched trial, the jury sided with Ladd and Kanter. Warner Bros. is expected to file post-trial motions to reduce the verdict and, if unsuccessful, to appeal.