Disney loses $319 million “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” appeal

Celador International, the show’s British creator, claimed that Disney intentionally hid the show’s profits for years

The British creator of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” has a big cash prize coming its way, after a federal appeals court denied The Walt Disney Co.’s efforts to have a $319 million verdict overturned.

Celador International, the production company behind the show, sold Disney the right to air the series on its ABC network, which it did for three seasons beginning in 1999. But even as “Millionaire” rose to the top of the TV ratings, Disney allegedly reported that it was running a $73 million deficit. Celador sued Disney in 2004, claiming that the latter had breached its contract by intentionally hiding the show’s profits.

Alanna Byrne

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