Scholastic Corp. has filed a federal lawsuit against News Corp. over
airings of the children's series Goosebumps.
Scholastic, the U.S.-based publisher and producer of
such books as the Harry Potter series, claims the children's series was only
supposed to air on the Fox broadcast network, not both the network and Fox
The suit was filed last month in Los Angeles.
Scholastic's suit claims Goosebumps was only supposed to air on Fox's Saturday
morning kids' lineup, but News Corp. executives allowed it to air on then
co-owned Fox Family.
News Corp. and Haim Saban just sold the cable channel to Disney for over $5 billion.
Scholastic says News Corp. owes the publishing giant "at
least $678,000" for airings on Fox Family Channel and that Fox Entertainment
"engaged in improper self-dealing."
Fox executives had no comment. - Joe Schlosser