June 11, 2012 1:32pm PT by Eriq Gardner
TNT Settles 'Falling Skies' Font Infringement Lawsuit
Turner Broadcasting has resolved a lawsuit by a German designer that claimed that the TNT series Falling Skies, a show about an alien invasion that is executive produced by Steven Spielberg, had an inappropriate font in its title sequence.
Matius Gerardo Grieck, founder of the +ISM studio, sued in January, saying that the Falling Skies lettering in marketing materials was too close the Anthropolymorphics font he developed. On the verge of the series' second season, the parties have agreed to a settlement.
Had the lawsuit proceeded, Grieck would likely have needed to show that the defendants actually used his software -- instead of just tracing the font -- but instead of expensive litigation, the parties found a way to hit the escape button on the dispute in a private settlement with unknown terms.
A spokesperson for TNT declined comment on whether Falling Skies would look any different when the new season premieres on June 17.
The network isn't the only entity in entertainment to face legal action of an allegedly stolen font. Earlier this year, NBC Universal settled a million-dollar case over a font used in Harry Potter merchandise.