February 17, 2009 / 8:02 PM / 10 years ago

Don Johnson sues over "Nash Bridges" revenue

U.S. actor Don Johnson arrives with a rose for a musical premiere of "Miami Nights" in Munich November 7, 2007. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actor Don Johnson has sued the makers of his 1990s television series “Nash Bridges” for what he believes could be tens of millions of dollars in profits generated by the program that he never received.

In a suit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday, Don Johnson Productions Inc. said it is seeking damages from 2929 Entertainment Inc., owned by billionaire Mark Cuban, and two other companies affiliated with “Nash Bridges,” a detective series that aired from 1996 to 2001 on U.S. network CBS.

Johnson parlayed his success playing a detective in 1980s series “Miami Vice” into an ownership stake in “Nash Bridges.” But in his suit, he claims his company never received its 50 percent share of profits.

The suit claims the program made more than $300 million in revenue, including over $150 million in payments from reruns on cable TV networks USA and WGN America, as well as sales from international syndication.

“Nash Bridges” was co-produced by Rysher Entertainment, which was bought in 2001 by 2929 Entertainment. Qualia Capital bought Rysher from 2929 Entertainment in 2006. The lawsuit names all three companies as defendants.

Representatives from 2929 Entertainment and Qualia Capital were not immediately available to comment.

Johnson accuses the companies of breach of contract and unjust enrichment. Full monetary damages would be determined at trial.

Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis: Editing by Bob Tourtellotte

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