Chuck Norris starred in "Walker, Texas Ranger" - and didn't get the money to prove it.
Actor Chuck Norris is introduced at the drivers meeting prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 6, 2016, in Fort Worth, Texas.
Top Kick alleges in the suit that "CBS was among the networks that were fully aware of Chuck Norris" success, history, brand and image, which resulted in CBS agreeing to become the primary distributor of "Walker'".
"But, on information and belief, as technology improved, the defendants focused less on marketing "Walker" to television stations and DVD viewers and more on promoting the show on S-VOD services, some of which they owned or co-owned".
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The suit says the defendants breached this implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing by, among other things, failing to account for and failing to pay Top Kick's required revenue.
According to the lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on 30 January by the actor's company Top Kick Productions, CBS is in breach of contract after reneging on an agreement to pay 23% "of the profits earned from any, and all, exploitation of Walker" when it became the primary distributor of the show.
Walker, Texas Ranger, starring Norris as a member of the Texas Ranger Division, aired for eight seasons on CBS from 1993-2001.
Norris claims CBS hasn't included SVOD revenue on profit participation statements sent to Top Kick since 2004 and has refused to share Sony's statements. "This has cost Top Kick millions of dollars in past and future license fees".