03.30.08

Klugman : Big In Germany, Stiffed By NBC

Posted in The Law, The World Of Entertainment at 12:21 am by

Your favorite chief medical examiner is a bigger sensation than Nein Nein Nein and Tokio Hotel combined. Just ask the Associated Press :

Former “Quincy, M.E.” star Jack Klugman sued NBC Universal Friday, claiming the studio is lying about the show’s profits and owes him money. Klugman, 85, played the crime-busting Dr. R. Quincy on the show from 1976 to 1983.His 1976 contract with NBC entitles him and his company, Sweater Productions, to 25 percent of the show’s “net profits,” according to the suit filed in Superior Court. Klugman claims his copy of the contract was lost when his agent died, and NBC has refused to provide a copy.

The lawsuit aims to force NBC to divulge the contract and award Klugman attorneys’ fees. It also asks the court to clarify the terms of the agreement.

“I recently heard that they made $250 million and it’s still on TV in Germany. I don’t want their money. I want my money,” Klugman told The Associated Press. “I worked my tail off. I got up at four in the morning and stayed at the studio. I did rewrite, I edited.”
NBC provided Klugman with an accounting statement showing the series had lost $66 million through 2006, according to the suit. However, Klugman said he believes NBC is lying, and that it made money.

If this case goes to trial and a judge sees the above clip, it doesn’t matter how much money Klugman is seeking. He earned every penny.

2 Responses to “Klugman : Big In Germany, Stiffed By NBC”

  1. WeWanttheFunk says:

    IIRC, similar disputes surrounded profits from both The Rockford Files and Forest Gump. It’s pretty common for a holder of a Net Profits Interest to have their end buried in the expenses generated by parties entitled to a share of the gross. Eventually, NPI holders get their due but only after protracted court proceedings.
    It’s been said that NPI stands for “No Payment Intended.”

  2. Patrick says:

    Isn’t this what Art Buchwald sued about on Coming to America? At that time, I heard percentage of net profits called “monkey points.”

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