The Tolkien Trust, New Line Cinema And Harpercollins Settle 'lord Of The Rings' Lawsuit

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The Tolkien Trust, New Line Cinema and HarperCollins Settle 'Lord of the Rings' Lawsuit

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 9 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

    The Tolkien Trust (a UK registered charity), New Line Cinema, and HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. have resolved

the lawsuit relating to the "Lord of the Rings" films.

    The claim was filed in February of last year. HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. and the trustees of the JRR Tolkien

Estate were co-plaintiffs in the claim, which concerned plaintiffs' participation interest in the "Lord of the

Rings" films released between 2001 and 2003. The precise terms of the settlement are confidential.

    Commenting on the settlement, Christopher Tolkien said: "The Trustees regret that legal action was necessary,

but are glad that this dispute has been settled on satisfactory terms that will allow the Tolkien Trust properly

to pursue its charitable objectives. The Trustees acknowledge that New Line may now proceed with its proposed

films of 'The Hobbit.'"

    Warner Bros.' President & Chief Operating Officer Alan Horn said: "We deeply value the contributions of the

Tolkien novels to the success of our films and are pleased to have put this litigation behind us. We all look

forward to a mutually productive and beneficial relationship in the future."

    The "Lord of the Rings" films produced by New Line are among the most successful films ever created and were

released in 2001, 2002 and 2003 respectively.

    JRR Tolkien is the world-renowned author of works including "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit." The

Tolkien Trust is a UK registered charity that has made grants to charitable causes all over the world totaling over $8

million in the last five years alone.

    Throughout its history, New Line has created a number of enduring film franchises, including the Lord of the

Rings trilogy, "The Mask," the Austin Powers titles, "Blade," "Rush Hour," "Elf," "Sex and the City" and "Wedding

Crashers." New Line became a unit of Warner Bros. Entertainment in March 2008.

    U.S. Contact: Lonnie Soury

                          Soury Communications, Inc.

                          150 W. 25th Street, Suite 403

                          New York, New York 10001

                          Tel: (212) 414-5857

                          Mobile: (917) 519-4521


    U.K. Contact: Matthew Moth

                          Madano Partnership

                          Harling House

                          47-51 Great Suffolk Street


                          Main +44 (0) 20 7593 4000 |

                          Mobile +44 (0) 7770 381 263 |

                          Fax +44 (0) 207928 7102


                          Website |

SOURCE: The Tolkien Trust

    CONTACT: U.S. Contact: 

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                       Lonnie Soury, 

                       Soury Communications, Inc.,


                       Mobile: +1-917-519-4521, 



                       or U.K. Contact:

                       Matthew Moth, 

                       Madano Partnership,

                       Main +44(0)20-7593-4000, 

                       Mobile +44(0)7770-381-263, 

                       Fax +44(0)20-7928-7102, 


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