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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.’

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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