Bill Nye 'The Science Guy', a favorite of 90's daytime TV, aired on PBS for the first time in 1994 and endured for 5 successful seasons, 100 half hour episodes in total and concluded in 1999, but not before winning 19 Emmy Awards.
On Thursday August 24th, Nye and his legal team filed a 28 page long lawsuit which includes; breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing, fraudulent concealment, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, as well as several accounting issues.
The suit itself was prompted after Nye became suspicious of an alleged accounting error that was brought to his attention, after first being payed a $585,000 check for his portion of the net profits of the show. Later that same year, the protagonist of the show received a letter from Buena Vista Television (BTV), a subsidiary of Walt Disney, stating he owed back $496,111 due to an accounting discrepancy on their part.
Beyond this, Nye purports to not have received further royalties since July 2008 due to an impediment set in motion by BTV, until he returns the supposed discrepancy.
This financial tug of war between a media giant and our favorite TV scientist doesn't end there. As Nye's lawsuit seeks to obtain a whopping $37,402,260 in unpaid royalties, damages, lawyers fee's and other possible missed payments.
Stay tuned for updates as this story develops.