Australian TV star TONY BONNER has lost a court bid for a share of the profits from hit 1960s children's show SKIPPY THE BUSH KANGAROO.
Bonner took legal action against programme bosses at Fauna Productions alleging he was owed $600,000 (£400,000) from the sale of show merchandise and DVDs - despite no mention of such a clause in his contract.
A Sydney Supreme Court judge sided with TV executives on Wednesday (01Jul09) and dismissed the case, ruling Bonner had no right to the show's earnings.
Justice Ian Gzell said, "Under the (employment) agreement Mr. Bonner assigned to Fauna the sole and absolute rights throughout the world to all results and proceeds of the services rendered by him.
"There was no incurrence of expenditure for which Mr. Bonner was not paid, nor did he perform work for no consideration."
Skippy the Bush Kangaroo aired Down Under between 1966 and 1968, but became a worldwide hit after being shown in more than 80 countries across the globe.