Don Johnson has been awarded $23.2 million in his lawsuit against television show “Nash Bridges.”
The Miami Vice star, 60, filed legal papers in 2009 saying he owned 50% copyright and that NBC owed him for the series, that ran from 1996-2001.
The producers, Rysher Entertainment, claimed they had lost money on the show, so that is why Don hadn’t been paid.
Johnson made a statement saying he was “so pleased” the jury agreed with him. “It was my idea and I owned the rights in the first place,” he added.
“I have waited for more than 10 years for Rysher to recognize me as the co-owner of the Nash Bridges series.”
Don Johnson played the role of a police inspector in “Nash Bridges," which generated $325m including $150m from worldwide syndication.
Johnson’s lawyer, Mark Holscher, said his client could make an addition $25m in the future because the show was still shown in 45 countries.
Holscher said the case had been a success “not just on a financial level but on a personal level – it was vindication that he was getting credit for his ideas”.