Australian artist manager Grant Thomas has won his breach of contract lawsuit against Sydney-based TV production company Screentime for dismissing him as manager of the pop band Bardot.

Australian artist manager Grant Thomas has won his 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 pay A$88,199 ($62,600) to Bardot’s company Five Divas Pty Ltd for past tendered expenses. Costs will be awarded later this week.

Screentime produced reality TV series Popstars, which was broadcast on the free-to-air Seven Network in 1999. It employed Thomas -- whose had previously managed Crowded House, the Divinyls, Alex Lloyd, OMC and Rockmelons -- to manage the series’ winners, Bardot, for a 3-year period.

In November 2000, Thomas received a letter from the band members requesting his dismissal as manager. His contract was subsequently terminated in August 2001.

Thomas had claimed 24% of Bardot’s earnings plus damages for loss of earnings. Screentime argued that Thomas failed to capitalize on the band’s popularity by delaying a national tour, failing to make arrangements for Bardot to perform at Sydney Olympic Games-related events, and being in a touch with a Bardot member who had been dismissed by the company.

Judge Stephen Walmsley said that while Thomas’ personal relationship with Bardot members had broken down, it was not justification to terminate his management contract. “He was quite committed to Bardot,” Walmsley said.

Bardot’s debut album through Warner Music Australia shifted 150,000 units in Australia and was a chart success in Singapore and Thailand. The act’s follow-up album sold 22,000 units.

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