History UsefulNotes / HollywoodAccounting

20th May '18 6:45:27 PM costanton11
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* It might not have been Hollywood Accounting so much as the studio board being staffed by {{Manipulative Bastard}}s, but Creator/ChristopherLee was hoodwinked into doing most of the [[Film/HammerHorror Hammer Dracula pictures]] because the studio would tell him they'd already arranged filming and hired all the crew, and if Lee didn't agree to play Dracula they'd all be out of a job. Oh, and since they'd already made all the arrangements for paying the crew and finding locations, Lee would have to agree to not be paid full salary for the picture. Knowing this explains immensely why he didn't like to talk about that part of his career in later life.

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* It might not have been Hollywood Accounting so much as the studio board being staffed by {{Manipulative Bastard}}s, but Creator/ChristopherLee was hoodwinked into doing most of the [[Film/HammerHorror Hammer Dracula pictures]] because the studio would tell him they'd already arranged filming and hired all the crew, and if Lee didn't agree to play Dracula they'd all be out of a job. Oh, and since they'd already made all the arrangements for paying the crew and finding locations, Lee would have to agree to not be paid full salary for the picture. Knowing this explains immensely why he didn't like to talk about that part of his career in later life.
27th Apr '18 6:07:15 AM Malady
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See also BoxOfficeBomb where the movie makes low gross revenue for real, not just on paper, though the two ''have'' gone hand in hand a few times. [[IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused with]] the HollywoodStyle category of tropes like HollywoodEconomics, HollywoodLaw, etc.

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See also BoxOfficeBomb where the movie makes low gross revenue for real, not just on paper, though the two ''have'' gone hand in hand a few times. [[IThoughtItMeant [[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused with]] the HollywoodStyle category of tropes like HollywoodEconomics, HollywoodLaw, etc.
18th Apr '18 7:48:30 AM Morgenthaler
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* Creator/MichaelMoore took the Creator/MiramaxFilms founders Bob and Harvey Weinstein to court over an alleged scheme to cheat Moore out of paying any royalties to him from the receipts of ''Fahrenheit 9/11''. They eventually settled in undisclosed terms.

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* Creator/MichaelMoore took the Creator/MiramaxFilms founders Bob and Harvey Weinstein to court over an alleged scheme to cheat Moore out of paying any royalties to him from the receipts of ''Fahrenheit 9/11''.''Film/Fahrenheit911''. They eventually settled in undisclosed terms.
4th Apr '18 6:46:03 AM jormis29
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* According to David Prowse (the man in [[Franchise/StarWars Darth Vader's suit]]), Lucasfilm still hasn't [[http://www.slashfilm.com/lucasfilm-tells-darth-vader-that-return-of-the-jedi-hasnt-made-a-profit/ paid him residuals]] for his work in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', despite the film earning over $570 million at the box office (not counting home media releases) against a $32.5 million budget.

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* According to David Prowse Creator/DavidProwse (the man in [[Franchise/StarWars Darth Vader's suit]]), Lucasfilm still hasn't [[http://www.slashfilm.com/lucasfilm-tells-darth-vader-that-return-of-the-jedi-hasnt-made-a-profit/ paid him residuals]] for his work in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', despite the film earning over $570 million at the box office (not counting home media releases) against a $32.5 million budget.
2nd Mar '18 10:56:32 AM TheBigBopper
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* ''Film/TheHarderTheyFall'': Applied to boxing. Eddie is a has-been newspaper columnist who against his better judgment joined a scheme to puff up an untalented lummox named Toro into a championship contender, by having Toro's opponents ThrowingTheFight every time. When this ends with Toro getting a championship bout in which he is pummeled, a jaded Eddie goes to Toro's manager Nick and demands to know how much Toro will get. Nick's account Leo shows Eddie a scrupulously maintained, accurate to the penny set of books, which shows that after Nick's fee and Leo's fee and Eddie's fee and other fees and taxes and expenses and promotion, Toro gets a whopping $49.07. From a fight with gate receipts of over $1.2 million.

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* ''Film/TheHarderTheyFall'': Applied to boxing. Eddie is a has-been newspaper columnist who against his better judgment joined a scheme to puff up an untalented lummox named Toro into a championship contender, by having Toro's opponents ThrowingTheFight every time. When this ends with Toro getting a championship bout in which he is pummeled, a jaded Eddie goes to Toro's manager Nick and demands to know how much Toro will get. Nick's account Leo shows Eddie a scrupulously maintained, accurate to the penny accurate-to-the-penny set of books, which shows that after Nick's fee and Leo's fee and Eddie's fee and other fees and taxes and expenses and promotion, Toro gets a whopping $49.07. From a fight with gate receipts of over $1.2 million.
5th Jan '18 2:40:49 AM jormis29
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* Lynda Carter has mentioned this in regards to her time on ''Series/WonderWoman''. Alongside not getting any money from reruns (which isn't exactly rare; back before people saw the financial potential of syndication, no one really thought to add a clause regarding royalties from reruns in their contracts,) she also saw nothing from merchandising. She specifically recalls them making a likeness of her face and created a run of Wonder Woman dolls. After the first run, they took her name off of it, marketed later runs as a generic Wonder Woman doll, and she never saw any profit from it.

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* Lynda Carter Creator/LyndaCarter has mentioned this in regards to her time on ''Series/WonderWoman''. Alongside not getting any money from reruns (which isn't exactly rare; back before people saw the financial potential of syndication, no one really thought to add a clause regarding royalties from reruns in their contracts,) she also saw nothing from merchandising. She specifically recalls them making a likeness of her face and created a run of Wonder Woman dolls. After the first run, they took her name off of it, marketed later runs as a generic Wonder Woman doll, and she never saw any profit from it.
7th Dec '17 12:10:04 PM jamespolk
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* ''Film/TheHarderTheyFall'': Applied to boxing. Eddie is a has-been newspaper columnist who against his better judgment joined a scheme to puff up an untalented lummox named Toro into a championship contender, by having Toro's opponents ThrowingTheFight every time. When this ends with Toro getting a championship bout in which he is pummeled, a jaded Eddie goes to Toro's manager Nick and demands to know how much Toro will get. Nick's account Leo shows Eddie a scrupulously maintained, accurate to the penny set of books, which shows that after Nick's fee and Leo's fee and Eddie's fee and other fees and taxes and expenses and promotion, Toro gets a whopping $49.07. From a fight with gate receipts of over $1.2 million.
31st Oct '17 9:00:17 PM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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Needless to say, this is mostly a Hollywood (and American) trope, since [[ValuesDissonance doing this outside the U.S. is considered fraud in many countries]].[[note]]Not that some non-American companies and directors hasn't tried this trope before in their countries, with various results.[[/note]] This trope is also pretty prevalent with the recording industry as well. Artists somehow ending up broke even after having a huge record that sold ''millions'' of copies.

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Needless to say, this is mostly a Hollywood (and American) trope, since [[ValuesDissonance doing this outside the U.S. is considered fraud in many countries]].[[note]]Not that some non-American companies and directors hasn't tried this trope before in their countries, with various results.[[/note]] This trope is also pretty prevalent with the recording industry as well. Artists well, with artists somehow ending up broke even after having a huge record that sold ''millions'' of copies.
29th Sep '17 1:10:30 PM ClintEastwood
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* In ''Literature/ThatWackyRedhead'', this is what prompts George Lucas to sue Paramount Pictures over the issue of [[Franchise/StarWars Journey of the Force]]'s being one of the most successful movies ever, while George barely saw a cent of those profits. [[spoiler:It ends up with victory for Lucas, and Paramount forced to pay ''1 '''billion''' dollars''.]]

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* In ''Literature/ThatWackyRedhead'', this is what prompts George Lucas Creator/GeorgeLucas to sue Paramount Pictures over the issue of [[Franchise/StarWars Journey of the Force]]'s being one of the most successful movies ever, while George barely saw a cent of those profits. [[spoiler:It ends up with victory for Lucas, and Paramount forced to pay ''1 '''billion''' dollars''.]]



* Eric Idle, on his ''Exploits Creator/MontyPython'' concert tour at the TurnOfTheMillennium, noted that the troupe's final film, ''Film/MontyPythonsTheMeaningOfLife'', was the only one made with major studio backing (Creator/{{Universal}} Pictures)...and thus the only one that apparently didn't turn a profit. So in this tour's version of "The Crimson Permanent Assurance", there's an additional verse about studio accountants.
* The cast and producers of the film ''Film/MyBigFatGreekWedding'' (with the exception of lead actress Nia Vardalos) ended up going to court to sue Playtone Pictures, HBO and Gold Circle Films for unpaid profits. The studios claimed the film lost $20 million, despite being one of the highest-grossing independent films of all time (and a record-holder for highest-grossing independent for several years).

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* Eric Idle, Creator/EricIdle, on his ''Exploits Creator/MontyPython'' concert tour at the TurnOfTheMillennium, noted that the troupe's final film, ''Film/MontyPythonsTheMeaningOfLife'', was the only one made with major studio backing (Creator/{{Universal}} Pictures)...and thus the only one that apparently didn't turn a profit. So in this tour's version of "The Crimson Permanent Assurance", there's an additional verse about studio accountants.
* The cast and producers of the film ''Film/MyBigFatGreekWedding'' (with the exception of lead actress Nia Vardalos) ended up going to court to sue Playtone Pictures, HBO Creator/{{HBO}} and Gold Circle Films for unpaid profits. The studios claimed the film lost $20 million, despite being one of the highest-grossing independent films of all time (and a record-holder for highest-grossing independent for several years).



* None of the actors from ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'' have received any royalties from home video/DVD releases. This is the primary reason why Susan Sarandon (Janet) has bad words to say about the movie, rather than a case of OldShame.
* Because the first ''Film/SawI'' film had a smaller budget than its sequels, Cary Elwes signed on to play Dr. Gordon in exchange for a percentage of the total gross. When the film proved to be a monstrous hit, Elwes felt he had been shortchanged (receiving only 1% of the profits) and refused to return for the sequel or even allow his image to be reused.

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* None of the actors from ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'' have received any royalties from home video/DVD releases. This is the primary reason why Susan Sarandon Creator/SusanSarandon (Janet) has bad words to say about the movie, rather than a case of OldShame.
* Because the first ''Film/SawI'' film had a smaller budget than its sequels, Cary Elwes Creator/CaryElwes signed on to play Dr. Gordon in exchange for a percentage of the total gross. When the film proved to be a monstrous hit, Elwes felt he had been shortchanged (receiving only 1% of the profits) and refused to return for the sequel or even allow his image to be reused.
1st Sep '17 4:15:32 PM Mario1995
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* Creator/{{Disney}} [[https://www.accountingtoday.com/news/bill-nye-the-science-guy-sues-disney-over-accounting got itself in trouble with]] Creator/BillNye in 2017 when he discovered they were not honoring a contractual agreement to pay him royalties for distribution of ''Series/BillNyeTheScienceGuy''.

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* Creator/{{Disney}} [[https://www.accountingtoday.com/news/bill-nye-the-science-guy-sues-disney-over-accounting got itself in trouble with]] Creator/BillNye Bill Nye in 2017 when he discovered they were not honoring a contractual agreement to pay him royalties for distribution of ''Series/BillNyeTheScienceGuy''.
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