Disney To Fight Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? Ruling

Disney bosses are set to launch an appeal after losing a multi-million dollar case against the British creators of hit quiz show WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE?.
A judge has ordered The Walt Disney Company to hand over $269 million (£177 million) to Celador executives, who claimed they were cheated out of half the profits from the U.S. version of the programme.
Celador chairman Paul Smith called the ruling "justice" after an eight-year court battle - but a spokesperson for Disney says the verdict was "fundamentally wrong" and insists the company will "aggressively seek to have it reversed".
Smith says, "It's been eight years - two years of trying to settle it out of court and then six years in court. It's a very daunting prospect. Disney is an absolute giant and we are a tiny little minnow. I don't think they believed a small, independent producer would go after them and indeed be so determined. We were determined and we were not going to give up. As they say, justice has been done."
The show was first launched in the U.K. in 1998 and the format became an instant hit when reproduced for an American audience the following year (99).


Contactmusic

Tags: Who Wants To Be A Millionaire


Advertisement

Editors Recommendations

First Pictures Of Disney’s ‘Into The Woods’ Starring Anna Kendrick and Johnny Depp

Have you ever wondered what happened to Cinderella, Rapunzel and...

First Pictures Of Disney’s ‘Into The Woods’ Starring Anna Kendrick and Johnny Depp

Win Tickets For V Festival 2014 in Chelmsford!

V Festival is getting ever nearer and tickets are quickly selling out, but you can skip that pricey entrance fee by entering our new competition...

Win Tickets For V Festival 2014 in Chelmsford!

Ariana, Zooey, J-Lo, Miley! When Actresses Become Songstresses

Jenny Lewis isn't the only former actress to find musical success.

Ariana, Zooey, J-Lo, Miley! When Actresses Become Songstresses

Critics Say 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Is Great, But Does Anyone Disagree?

The new Marvel movie Guardians of the Galaxy has been praised to the...

Critics Say 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Is Great, But Does Anyone Disagree?

What Do We Know About Christopher Nolan's Interstellar?

Christopher Nolan and Matthew McConaughey made a surprise visit to the San Diego Comic-Con last...

What Do We Know About Christopher Nolan's Interstellar?
Advertisement

Jennifer Lawrence Is Hollywood's Darling - How Has She Done It?

A teaser trailer for Jennifer Lawrence’s new film, The Hunger Games...

Jennifer Lawrence Is Hollywood's Darling - How Has She Done It?

NBC News Host Brian Williams Pulls Ultimate Embarrassing Dad Trick Announcing Allison Williams' "Peter Pan" Casting

NBC’s production of Peter Pan has found its lead in Girls star Allison Williams...

NBC News Host Brian Williams Pulls Ultimate Embarrassing Dad Trick Announcing Allison Williams'

The Spongebob Squarepants Movie: Sponge Out Of Water 3D

When a pirate gets his hands on a long lost magic book in which anything he writes comes true, he...

The Spongebob Squarepants Movie: Sponge Out Of Water 3d Trailer


More recommendations

Advertisement

Comments

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All