'Battlestar' creator sues Universal
Glen A. Larson claims he’s owed a lot of frakkin’ money by Universal. The producer behind such hits as Battlestar Galactica, Knight Rider, and Six Million Dollar Man, among other series, filed a fraud and breach of contract lawsuit against Universal Tuesday in Los Angeles over profits from the TV shows, which he says were withheld from him. “The television shows created and produced by Mr. Larson at Universal are some of the most successful in history and many were and remain ‘cash cows’ for Universal,” the lawsuit says. “Mr. Larson is probably the most successful creator/producer of television shows in Universal’s history both in terms of revenue and critical acclaim … As the shows make more money for Universal, the deficit that Larson Productions must overcome continually increases. It’s Hollywood’s version of being a sharecropper.”
Larson claims that he’s owed a percentage of net profits from the series, having been underpaid by Universal, which he says withheld money due to “excessive and improper costs,” among other things. The producer says he became aware less than a year ago that Universal’s “accounting methods made it impossible for Larson Productions to receive contingent compensation.” Therefore, not only does he demand millions in the lawsuit, he also asks to investigate Universal’s accounts.
UPDATE: Universal released the following statement about the lawsuit: “We are surprised that Mr. Larson has brought this lawsuit. Mr. Larson did not conduct any audit or otherwise notify Universal of any claim in advance of this filing.”