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Jury rules in favor of Celador in U.S. ‘Millionaire’ trial

A jury in Riverside, California has awarded US$269.4 million in damages to Celador International Ltd. in a legal tussle that pitted the UK-based creator of Who Wants to be a Millionaire? against Walt Disney Co. and its TV companies, ABC and Buena Vista Television.
July 7, 2010

A jury in Riverside, California has awarded US$269.4 million in damages to Celador International Ltd. in a legal tussle that pitted the UK-based creator of Who Wants to be a Millionaire? against Walt Disney Co. and its TV companies, ABC and Buena Vista Television. Bloomberg.com is reporting that the jurors agreed with Celador’s assertion that the Disney companies breached an agreement entitling Celador to 50% of profits from the program, which began its U.S. run via ABC in 1999. The suit was first launched by Celador in 2004. Disney has issued a statement to the media, saying, ‘We believe this verdict is fundamentally wrong and will aggressively seek to have it reversed.’

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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