Disney Loses $269M in “Millionaire” Game Show Suit

A federal jury has awarded nearly $269.2 million in damages to the creator of the TV game show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire."

Creator Celador International sued The Walt Disney Co. in 2004, claiming it had been denied its fair share of profits from the show.

"Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" aired on the ABC network, which is owned by Disney, for three years beginning in the summer of 1999. It's still shown on local TV stations.

Celador said a series of "sweetheart deals" between Disney-owned companies kept the show from making a profit, even when it was a No. 1 show at the height of its popularity.


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