Don Johnson has been awarded an additional $28.5 million in interest payments on his share of profits from his CBS series “Nash Bridges.”
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael L. Stern on Wednesday ordered Rysher Entertainment to pay the sum to Johnson’s production company, adding to the $23.2 million a jury awarded him in a July verdict, the actor’s attorney, Mark Holscher of Kirkland & Ellis, said in a statement. That means the total judgment is more than $51 million, in addition to more than $75,000 in costs.
The jury found that Johnson was a co-owner of the show’s copyright and was also entitled to future profits from syndication and other returns. Johnson’s legal team says the show is expected to bring in more than $50 million in the coming years as it plays in 45 countries.
“From the beginning, I have asked only that Rysher honor our contract,” Johnson said in a statement.
“I feel a sense of vindication and sincere gratitude that both the jury and Judge Stern continue to agree with me.”
Still to be determined is exactly who bears responsibility for paying the judgment. An attorney representing Rysher said in July that it planned to appeal, but the company has gone through a series of ownership changes. Johnson’s suit also named 2929 Entertainment and Qualia Capital, but attorneys for each company said Rysher had never been a subsidiary of either despite press accounts that had identified them as the owners at various points.
The additional $28.5 million represents interest that accumulated on the amount owed to Johnson since he became vested on May 22, 1998, as a 50% owner of the “Nash Bridges” copyright.