Derek Ogilvie has also not been proved right on appeal in his long-lasting financial conflict with RTL Nederland. The self-proclaimed medium and the media company disagreed over the division of the proceeds of their joint theater shows between 2008 and 2016.
Ogilvie, who comes from Scotland and now lives in the Netherlands, and RTL have worked together since 2007 on television programs such as De baby whisperer, Baby’s will is law, The Ghost Whisperer, Unexpected and First aid in parenting. Theater shows were added in 2008. A contract was drawn up for the first theater show, which was extended for each new theater tour.
Ogilvie (57) pointed out to the court in Leeuwarden that the contracts stated that he would receive 62.5 percent of the gross proceeds for the shows. But RTL had paid him in those years on the basis of the net proceeds, only after deducting the costs. According to Ogilvie, he was still entitled to almost 3.8 million euros.
In the eyes of RTL, the passage in the contract was a “clumsy mistake” and a “slip of the pen”. In addition, Ogilvie would never have brought it up until 2016. According to Ogilvie, large and small changes were made by RTL during the contract extensions, but the passage about the payment had always remained.
Attempts to settle were unsuccessful. The court ruled in favor of RTL in 2018 and Ogilvie appealed. In March 2020, Ogilvie also lost at court. That was an interim statement; The court allowed Ogilvie to provide additional evidence through witnesses. That has not been delivered, the court said on Thursday.
Ogilvie’s lawyer also raised in the final phase of the appeal that there would have been an unequal relationship between the “profit-oriented” RTL and an “emotional, intuitive artist” who “blindly trusted RTL”. This also did not change the judges of the court.