Chuck Norris Sues CBS and Sony Over 'Walker, Texas Ranger'

Chuck Norris Sues CBS and Sony Over 'Walker, Texas Ranger'

Chuck Norris Sues CBS and Sony Over 'Walker, Texas Ranger'

Norris, through his company Top Kick Productions, on Wednesday sued CBS and Sony Pictures, claiming the companies are engaging in self-dealing and aren't paying his share of streaming VOD revenue.

According to the suit, Norris is entitled to 23 percent of all profits from "Walker, Texas Ranger", but received nothing from subscription video on demand revenue from CBS and Sony, which manage streams of the show's episodes on various platforms.

Chuck Norris in "Walker, Texas Ranger".

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In the suit, Top Kick alleges 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".

The suit says that "Walker, Texas Ranger", which originally aired on CBS from 1993 to 2001, has remained popular, in part because Norris has maintained his visibility via, among other things, appearances in films like "Dodgeball", "The Expendables 2", as well as "the well-known internet phenomenon through which generations of younger fans have bonded around the humor and anecdotes widely known as 'Chuck Norris Facts'". Top Kick says in the suit it is owed millions of dollars in "past and future license fees".

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.

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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.

Actor Chuck Norris is seeking $30M in a breach of contract lawsuit.

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