Nye first became suspicious of Buena Vista's royalty calculations in 2008 and tried to get an explanation from the company about an apparent accounting error.
Bill Nye has spent the last decade trying to figure out Disney accounting and now he's finally had enough.
Nye says Disney's Buena Vista Television and other subsidiaries provided incorrect accountings of how much was made from distributing his Emmy-winning show, titled "Bill Nye the Science Guy". Eventually, after hiring his own accountant to perform an audit, Nye claims that more than $28 million dollars of mishandled funds were discovered in the company's ledgers.
Nye and two producers launched the show in 1992, in partnership with KCTS, the Seattle PBS affiliate. However, according to his complaint, the company misclassified revenues and expenses in an effort to lessen that number, violating the terms of the agreement.
The "defendants failed to engage in the process in good faith", says the suit, which accuses the companies of engaging in "an ongoing, deliberate conspiracy to deceive Mr. Nye". However, it appears that Bill Nye was left out of some of the revenue that he was owed. Disney have not released a statement on the lawsuit or Nye's claims.
The Walt Disney Company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The suit also disputes the costs Disney claimed to have incurred-which grossed over $20 million-despite the fact that it was largely backed by federal grants from the Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, and other organizations.
"Plaintiff is informed and believes and thereon alleges that as a direct and proximate result of the Defendants' breach of fiduciary duty, Plaintiff has suffered damages in the amount of not less than Nine Million Three Hundred Fifty Thousand Five Hundred Sixty dollars (USD$9,350,565.00), the final amount to be proven at trial", says the complaint, dropping some big bucks demands (read it here).