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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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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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