'Modern Family' Star's Guardianship Deal Leaves Hollywood Advisors in Place

After a contentious fight, an agreement emerges on how to handle the affairs of a 14-year-old actress.
Ariel Winter

The contentious guardianship battle over Ariel Winter has prompted a settlement agreement that gives control over the estate of the Modern Family star to her father, Glenn Workman, but otherwise leaves her group of professional advisors in place to take care of her acting career.

A stipulated settlement was filed on Wednesday in L.A. Superior Court.

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According to the stipulation, Workman is now the temporary guardian of the estate and is responsible for the review and execution of any professional services agreement pertaining to Winter's career. However, the stipulation also says that Workman is to largely "defer" to Winter's reps, including Brillstein Entertainment Partners; Gang Tyre Ramer & Brown; and ICM Partners.

The unique deal comes after the 14-year-old actress was moved to the care of her adult sister after a report from the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services about emotional abuse suffered by Winter.

The stipulation and order of the court entered on Wednesday notes that the arrangement is temporary until a hearing date on March 29. The order notes, "It is understood by the parties that reunification, if any, of Ariel with her parents or either of them is subject to significant changes in the current circumstances, the repair of damage to the relationships and a consideration of Ariel's best interest regarding her long-term care and custody. Thus, the parties acknowledge that there is no assurance that Ariel will return to the home of either or both parents at the time set for further hearing of this matter by the Court."

As for her work on Modern Family, the order tasks Workman with making any new payment instructions to Fox so that payments will flow to Winter Sky Entertainment, or Ariel Winter, or any new affiliates created by Ariel. The managers and attorneys are allowed to deduct their commissions.

In addition, Shanelle Gray, her sister, is given the responsibility of accompanying Ariel to work while Chrisoula Workman, her mother, is prohibited from having contact and appearing at her daughter's place of work.

The caretaking of a young Hollywood star also includes the direction that the mother is to assign her stock in the Winter Sky Entertainment company to the father and suspend her activity as the director, president and secretary.

The family and their reps aren't allowed to talk to the media about the guardianship proceedings except to issue a joint statement indicating that everyone is working hard to achieve an acceptable resolution and look forward to repairing and restoring the family.

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