Bill Nye Sues Disney for $37 Million Over 'Science Guy'

Audrey Hill
August 28, 2017

Bill Nye, the celebrity scientist best known as The Science Guy, has filed a new lawsuit against Disney, ABC, Buena Vista, Touchstone and other subsidiaries.

Nye has apparently been battling it out with Disney and its subsidiaries ever since.

Nye claimed he and several partners who created the "Bill Nye the Science Guy" series have not received the net profits they were entitled to from Buena Vista Television.

The dispute stems from the royalties Nye said he was supposed to make from the show, which the lawsuit, posted online by Deadline, says was supposed to be 16.5 percent of the net profits. But in 2008, Nye got suspicious after getting a check for the year prior and then, months later, being asked to return most of that money due to a mistake the company made in a calculation. Instead, it "encouraged Mr. Nye to launch an audit that WDC had no intention of ever accommodating". The suit adds that Buena Vista Television, in licensing streaming rights of The Science Guy to Netflix, had wrongly labeled the agreement as the sale of a "Video Device", which a prior contract had defined as the sale of "audio visual cassette, video disc, or any similar device embodying the Series".

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Nye has seemingly moved beyond those days of being "The Science Guy" but he's still looking to get paid from his old show. Although that audit was completed a year ago, Nye says Disney failed to produce documents related to deals with Netflix, Apple, and others.

According to the complaint, the limited documentation provided to auditors showed revenues were skewed and royalties went unreported.

The suit states that Nye "believes and thereon alleges that as a direct and proximate result of the Defendants' breach of fiduciary duty, Plaintiff has suffered damages in the amount of not less than Nine Million Three Hundred Fifty Thousand Five Hundred Sixty dollars (USD$9,350,565.00), the final amount to be proven at trial", says the complaint, dropping some big bucks demands.

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