Australian artist manager Grant Thomas has won a breach-of-contract lawsuit against Sydney-based TV production company Screentime for dismissing him as manager of the pop band Bardot.
SYDNEY -- Australian artist manager Grant Thomas has won a breach-of-contract lawsuit against Sydney-based TV production company Screentime for dismissing him as manager of the pop band Bardot.
The New South Wales District Court on Sept. 22 awarded Thomas A$129,561 ($92,000). However, the court ordered that he reimburse Bardot's company Five Divas Pty. for past expenses totalling A$88,199 ($62,600).
Screentime was the producer of the reality TV series "Popstars," which aired on the Seven Network in 1999. It employed Thomas -- who previously managed Crowded House, the Divinyls, Alex Lloyd, OMC and Rockmelons -- to manage the series' winner, Bardot, for a three-year period.
In November 2000, Thomas received a letter from the band members requesting his dismissal as manager. His contract was terminated in August 2001.
In the suit, Thomas sought 24% of Bardot's earnings. Screentime argued that Thomas failed to capitalize on the band's popularity by delaying a national tour and failing to make arrangements for Bardot to perform at events related to the Sydney Olympic Games.
Judge Stephen Walmsley held that the breakdown of Thomas' personal relationship with the members of Bardot was not justification to terminate his management contract. "He was quite committed to Bardot," Walmsley wrote.