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Modern Family' stars settle contract fight

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  • This Sept. 18, 2011 file photo shows Ty Burrell, left, Julie Bowen from the television series "Modern Family" holding their Emmys for best supporting and actress actress in a comedy, backstage at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. Five stars of the hit ABC series sued 20th Century Fox Television on Tuesday July 24, 2012, claiming their contracts with the studio are illegal under California law and should be invalidated.

      This Sept. 18, 2011 file photo shows Ty Burrell, left, Julie Bowen from the television series "Modern Family" holding their Emmys for best supporting and actress actress in a comedy, backstage at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. Five stars of the hit ABC series sued 20th Century Fox Television on Tuesday July 24, 2012, claiming their contracts with the studio are illegal under California law and should be invalidated.
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The stars of the ABC comedy "Modern Family" reached new contract agreements that end a legal dispute between the parties and allow production on the top- rated show to resume.

Principal photography on season four of the show will start today, according to Chris Alexander, a spokesman for the show's producer, News Corp.'s Twentieth Century Fox Television. Fox produces the program for Walt Disney Co.'s ABC.

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Five of the actors sued Fox last week, seeking to nullify their contracts and threatening production of the show, which ranked as the most-watched comedy last season among the 18- to-49-year-old viewers that advertisers seek.

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