Celador mulls action against William Morris

Company won $269.4 mil in damages from Disney

LONDON — Celador, the U.K. shingle that last week won $269.4 million in damages from Disney in a lawsuit over profits from the U.S. version of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire,” is considering suing William Morris Agency’s successor WME for its involvement in the deal that spurred the legal action.

A spokeswoman for Celador confirmed that the company is “considering its options” following last week’s legal victory. During the trial, lawyers for Disney argued that Celador’s complaint was with the deal brokered by WMA, not Disney.

The sale of the gameshow format to Disney, which aired it on ABC, was negotiated 11 years ago on Celador’s behalf by WMA.

“If Celador Productions is unhappy with the deal they got, they have got the wrong defendant here,” Disney’s lawyer, Marty Katz, told the jury in his closing argument.

Under a legal arrangement known as a “tolling agreement,” Celador would be able to sue WMA despite the statute of limitations ruling that any legal action must take place within eight years of the original alleged offense.

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