Settlement favors boy, his dog

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Dominic Scott Kay, an 11-year-old actor and fledgling director who sued for control of editing and exploitation of the short film "Saving Angelo," announced an out-of-court settlement of the flap.

"I am glad this legal fight is over so I can finish my movie and get it out to festivals and other audiences," said Kay, whose two dozen acting credits include playing Tom Cruise's son in "Minority Report" and voicing an animated pig in "Charlotte's Web."

"Angelo" centers on a young boy who rescues an injured dog and finds a home for it at a fire station. Kay played a leading role opposite Kevin Bacon in the short, which he directed.

"We are pleased at reaching an amicable solution in this matter," said attorney Dylan Ruga of the Steptoe & Johnson law firm in Century City. "Dominic has worked so hard on this film, and now finally it can be finished and widely distributed."

Representatives for Kay said the agreement gives the young filmmaker "full ownership and control" of the short. A $20,000 contribution will be made to Crusades for Animals, with any profits also targeted for the organization, Kay's reps said.

Attorneys for Kay filed suit Jan. 25 in Los Angeles Superior Court. Defendants included Conroy Kantor, who invested in the movie to secure a producer's credit, according to the suit.

Kay's suit sought to prevent Kantor's gaining exploitation rights to the short.
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