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Last Updated: Tuesday, 21 March 2006, 08:36 GMT
Producer demands $10m Chicago fee
Catherine Zeta Jones
Catherine Zeta Jones won best supporting actress for Chicago
A producer of the Oscar-winning film Chicago is suing makers Miramax for $10m (5.7m) in alleged unpaid takings.

The Producer Circle Company, which claims to own the film rights to the show, says it was not paid an agreed share of the film's gross box office.

The company's legal action claims a "breach of contract" by Miramax over the film, which won six Oscars.

A Miramax spokeswoman said she had not seen the legal action and was unable to comment on the case.

The Producer Circle Company's court action said Chicago was "the highest grossing and most profitable movie ever released by Miramax", taking about $300m (171m).

Missing income

"While Producer Circle Company is unable to determine with precision the amounts that it is owed, it estimates that Miramax's breach of contract has cost it no less than $10m," it said.

The action said the company struck a deal with Disney-owned Miramax in which it would receive a share of the gross takings from the film.

It claimed Miramax had tried to impose a "net profits" deal rather than the agreed arrangement.

The Producer Circle Company said it has not been paid for DVD sales, foreign distribution and other sources of income.

Harvey Weinstein
Harvey Weinstein stepped down as Miramax co-chief executive in 2005

The company's founder Martin Richards collected the best picture Oscar at the 2003 ceremony.

The film, which starred Richard Gere, Catherine Zeta Jones and Renee Zellweger, was based on a play by the late Bob Fosse and Fred Ebb.

They based their work on an earlier play written by Maurine Dallas Watkins.

The musical centres on two women in 1920s Chicago who achieve notoriety while awaiting trials on separate murder charges.



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