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Vertical sales pit players vs. studios
David Duchovny thinks he's been had, thanks to Rupert Murdoch's careful construction of the 20th Century Fox empire over the past 15 years.
"The X-Files" star is the latest above-the-line player to challenge the new reality of Hollywood with a lawsuit that questions whether today's mega media congloms really demand fair market value for hit movie and TV properties when the deal-making involves various divisions of the same company.
Duchovny's suit, filed earlier this month in Santa Monica, Calif., accuses Fox of limiting the potential backend gross of the show -- and thereby his take through profit participation points -- by cutting sweetheart deals with Fox-owned entities at below-market prices.
For sure, the realpolitik of profit participation in Hollywood has always been a messy business. Showbiz lawyers have long charged that studios often resort to …