Rosenberg settles HBO lawsuit


Former HBO International president Steven Rosenberg has reached a confidential settlement in his breach of contract lawsuit against the network, his lawyer said.

"Mr. Rosenberg is gratified that this litigation has been satisfactorily resolved," New York attorney Robert Tofel said Wednesday.

HBO declined comment on the settlement.

Rosenberg, who also was executive vp at the network, filed suit in New York against HBO, several of its executives and parent company Time Warner after he was fired in December 2004 for "gross misconduct," according to court documents.

Two months earlier, HBO had suspended Rosenberg while it investigated reports of self-dealing by the executive and Alejandra Solett, general director of Warner Channel, who also was linked to him romantically.

Rosenberg was accused of steering business to Advertising Services Group, in which he allegedly held an interest. The company sold advertising in Mexico, Venezuela, Argentina and Colombia for networks, including Warner Channel, which fell under his supervision.

According to court documents, Rosenberg allegedly made a "loan" to Venezuela-based AS Group and ended Warner Channel's contract with Sony Pictures Television International, which had handled ad sales, and shifted the business to the ad company.