Nye, who was the host of the PBS children’s show “Bill Nye the Science Guy” from 1993 to 1998, has become famous as a science educator. He has appeared in character in numerous television shows and movies over the years. And, he starred with Ellen DeGeneres in the recently closed Ellen’s Energy Adventure at Epcot in Disney Wolrld.
A lawsuit filed Aug. 24, 2017 in Los Angeles Superior Court claims Disney and its subsidiaries – ABC Television, Buena Vista Television, Touchstone Television Productions, Disney Educational Productions, Disney Movie Club and Buena Vista Home Entertainment – underreported royalties, mischaracterized revenues and overcharged expenses, thus depriving Nye and the other owners of the series of their proper share of the net profits, the New Service reported.
Disney media representatives did not respond emails and phone calls, the News Service said.
Buena Vista Television made an agreement with Nye in 1993 and the other owners to promote and distribute the series. The owners were promised half of Disney’s net revenue, with one-third of that half going to Nye, according to the complaint.
In recent years Nye had asked for an audit of the books after there was a descrepency in a royalty check. He claimed it took Disney three years to do an audit. In the meantime, he had an independent audit performed and found that he was underpaid at least $9 million.