History UsefulNotes / HollywoodAccounting

23rd Nov '15 7:08:09 PM randomsurfer
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* During Wrestling/ChrisJericho's time in Wrestling/{{WCW}} wrestlers got a royalty for merchandise with their likenesses. He discovered the hard way that he was being cheated when a relative bought a Chris Jericho action figure from a big retailer and it rang up as a Wrestling/KevinNash action figure instead, which gave Nash the royalty.
21st Nov '15 10:23:40 AM StFan
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* ''{{Dilbert}}'' described this trope as follows
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* ''{{Dilbert}}'' ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' described this trope as follows
11th Oct '15 8:28:36 AM Morgenthaler
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* In-universe example, in the SunnyRandall book ''Blue Screen'': Sunny, working as a bodyguard for an actress, is discussing Hollywood Accounting with an industry lawyer that she has been seeing on-and-off. She asks if this sort of practice is done. The response is "I know accountants who could convincingly demonstrate on paper that ''Literature/GoneWithTheWind'' [[note]]Which, as of 2014 is ''still'' the highest grossing film of all time, when adjusted for inflation[[/note]] showed no profit."
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* In-universe example, in the SunnyRandall ''Literature/SunnyRandall'' book ''Blue Screen'': Sunny, working as a bodyguard for an actress, is discussing Hollywood Accounting with an industry lawyer that she has been seeing on-and-off. She asks if this sort of practice is done. The response is "I know accountants who could convincingly demonstrate on paper that ''Literature/GoneWithTheWind'' [[note]]Which, as of 2014 is ''still'' the highest grossing film of all time, when adjusted for inflation[[/note]] showed no profit."

* In ''[[VorkosiganSaga Falling Free]]'', the corporation that made quaddies did some creative accounting to claim that all the R&D expenses involved in creating, raising and training the quaddies were legitimate business expenses for a totally unrelated business the company was doing in the same area, allowing them to cut the apparent profits of said business and reduce their tax burden. A change in the local tax code that stopped them from doing this anymore, followed by a technical breakthrough that reduced the utility of quaddies significantly, resulted in the quaddie project being scrapped (and the person in charge trying to kill all the quaddies).
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* In ''[[VorkosiganSaga ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Falling Free]]'', the corporation that made quaddies did some creative accounting to claim that all the R&D expenses involved in creating, raising and training the quaddies were legitimate business expenses for a totally unrelated business the company was doing in the same area, allowing them to cut the apparent profits of said business and reduce their tax burden. A change in the local tax code that stopped them from doing this anymore, followed by a technical breakthrough that reduced the utility of quaddies significantly, resulted in the quaddie project being scrapped (and the person in charge trying to kill all the quaddies).
8th Oct '15 1:59:35 PM FF32
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* In Literature/ThatWackyRedheat, 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/ThatWackyRedheat, 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''.]]
19th Sep '15 5:00:26 PM Milarqui
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* 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.
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* This In Literature/ThatWackyRedheat, 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.profits. [[spoiler:It ends up with victory for Lucas, and Paramount forced to pay ''1 '''billion''' dollars''.]]
19th Sep '15 4:48:23 PM Milarqui
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[[folder:Web Original]] * 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. [[/folder]]
3rd Sep '15 4:18:38 AM Nigel
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* Creator/{{Paramount}} Pictures once tried to argue that it didn't have to pay royalties to screenwriter Art Buchwald for a script idea that he claimed was stolen from him. Buchwald wrote a treatment for a story idea in 1982, and pitched it to Paramount brass as a possible comedy vehicle for Creator/EddieMurphy. Paramount shelved the treatment after several failed attempts at making a script out of it, but pulled it out again in 1987, and ended up developing the comedy ''Film/ComingToAmerica'' based on said treatment (with Murphy, who was starring in the film, given sole story credit). Buchwald sued Paramount, and a jury agreed that Paramount breached their contract and the two stories were remarkably similar. Paramount subsequently argued that it spent so much money on marketing and development that they made no net profit. The courts then said Paramount's formula for calculating profit was "unconscionable", and the production company (fearing a loss on appeal and a wave of lawsuits by other authors) ended up settling with Buchwald out of court.
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* Creator/{{Paramount}} Pictures once tried to argue that it didn't have to pay royalties to screenwriter Art Buchwald for a script idea that he claimed was stolen from him. Buchwald wrote a treatment for a story idea in 1982, and pitched it to Paramount brass as a possible comedy vehicle for Creator/EddieMurphy. Paramount shelved the treatment after several failed attempts at making a script out of it, but pulled it out again in 1987, and ended up developing the comedy ''Film/ComingToAmerica'' based on said treatment (with Murphy, who was starring in the film, given sole story credit). Buchwald sued Paramount, and a jury agreed that Paramount breached their contract and the two stories were remarkably similar. Paramount subsequently argued that it spent so much money on marketing and development that they made no net profit. The courts then said court found Paramount's formula for calculating profit was actions "unconscionable", and noting that it was impossible to believe that ''Coming to America'', which grossed $350 million, failed to make a profit, especially since the actual production company (fearing costs were less than a loss on appeal and a wave tenth of lawsuits by other authors) ended up settling that. Paramount settled with Buchwald out of court.for $900,000, rather than have its accounting methods closely scrutinized.
8th Aug '15 5:11:22 AM ferrarimanf355
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** She then threatened to do the same for Apple Music because Apple didn't pay any royalties during the three-month trial period for new users. Apple quickly changed their policies as a result.
25th Jun '15 9:09:45 PM karstovich2
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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 doesn't like to talk about that part of his career anymore.
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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 doesn't didn't like to talk about that part of his career anymore.in later life.
31st May '15 11:19:32 PM TVRulezAgain
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* The SOPA issue was also parodied in ToBoldlyFlee where a producer claims his writers aren't getting any money thanks to piracy...despite the fact that he keeps them chained in closet-offices and admits to having multiple houses himself. The BigBad is actually a studio head who prefers big-money-making cheap schlock to actually putting effort into films at the risk of them not making a return, undermining things more for that side.
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* The SOPA issue was also parodied in ToBoldlyFlee WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee where a producer claims his writers aren't getting any money thanks to piracy...despite the fact that he keeps them chained in closet-offices and admits to having multiple houses himself. The BigBad is actually a studio head who prefers big-money-making cheap schlock to actually putting effort into films at the risk of them not making a return, undermining things more for that side.
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