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Winter is coming – ‘Game of Thrones’ star in $2m contract dispute over commissions

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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, one of the stars of the hit TV series ‘Game of Thrones’, is embroiled in a contract dispute with his former agent that could end up costing him up to $2 million.

The 48 year old Danish actor, who plays the role of Jamie ‘The Kingslayer’ Lannister in the HBO fantasy series, has been ordered by a court in the USA to pay his former manager Jill Littman around $2 million, made up of around $1.75 million of that in back pay, plus about $225,000 in interest.

The dispute is over a contract the actor had with Littman and her agency Impression Entertainment for a significant portion of hi Hollywood career, which has seen Coster-Waldau star in films including ‘Black Hawk Down’. The Emmy Award nominated actor terminated his professional relationship with Littman in 2015, stating in an email that:

I am nothing but grateful for our many years working together and the success we shared…and the reason I have decided to leave Impression is not to go somewhere else but to basically take control myself. Game of Thrones is coming to an end now.”

Littman has claimed that she is still owed commission post-termination, due to the allegedly unusual nature of their contract. Littman’s deal with the actor was based on her agency receiving 10% of his income. Coster-Waldau has said the relationship was based on an oral agreement, which did not cover the payment of any commissions after termination. However, earlier this year Littman produced a written agreement which she says contradicts his claims. In a further development, Littman also claimed that the agreement was drafted so that Coster-Waldau could apply for a 0-1 visa in America. Coster-Waldau called the agreement a sham, which has since opened up the possibility of fraud charges.

A recent court hearing in Los Angeles has found the written agreement to be genuine, and ordered Coster-Waldau to pay Littman the aforementioned sums. The actor’s lawyer has made no further comment, and his legal team has appealed the payment and requested a re-trial.

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