The lawsuit's assertions include fraudulent concealment (that Disney and its subsidiaries knew of profits from the show that they kept from Nye), breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty. Nye reports first discovering an accounting error in 2008 and engaged in "futile negotiations" with Disney to obtain more documents associated with the error.
Bill Nye the Science Guy arrives to lead scientists and supporters down Constitution Avenue during the March for Science on April 22, 2017 in Washington, DC. The show aired for 100 half-hour episodes spanning five seasons and was nominated for 23 Emmy Awards, winning 19.
TV presenter, engineer and science educator William Nye - widely known as "Bill Nye the Science Guy" - has filed a fraud suit against Disney that some media outlets are valuing at more than $37 million. It has now been two decades since the show ended and the continued popularity speaks to the success of the show. While his run ended in 1999, Nye is suing Disney saying that he's still owed a lot of money from those days.
Bill Nye is going after the Mouse House.
According to Variety, the lawsuit against Disney states Disney and Nye came to an agreement that Nye would earn 16% of what "Bill Nye The Science Guy." brought in over the years. The suit says that the auditor still found "hundreds of thousands of dollars in unreported payments" owed to Nye, with the auditor reportedly noting that the Buena Vista intentionally misclassified distribution costs, misrepresented expenses like foreign tax withholding and distribution sales, and intentionally didn't report royalties on video device sales.
However, it has recently become suspected that he has not been paid this amount.
According to the complaint, the limited documentation provided to auditors showed revenues were skewed and royalties went unreported.
All of this made Bill suspicious, and he called for an audit of Disney's book in 2016.