History UsefulNotes / HollywoodAccounting

24th Jun '16 11:40:07 AM Mario1995
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* Creator/MichaelMoore took the Creator/{{Miramax}} 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/{{Miramax}} 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.
24th Jun '16 11:39:29 AM Mario1995
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* Creator/MichaelMoore took the Creator/{{Miramax}} 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.
31st May '16 12:43:47 AM jameygamer
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* ''Film/BattlefieldEarth'' was the film Franchise Pictures founder Elie Samaha said would make his company a force worth taking seriously. ''Battlefield Earth'', however, is [[DarthWiki/SoBadItsHorrible notoriously bad]], and it later transpired that Franchise existed to [[SpringTimeForHitler "over-budget" bad movies and keep the excess as profit]]. After this stinker, the FBI closed in and reclaimed the $100 million...er, $75 million...er, $44 million spent.

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* ''Film/BattlefieldEarth'' was the film Franchise Pictures founder Elie Samaha said would make his company a force worth taking seriously. ''Battlefield Earth'', however, is [[DarthWiki/SoBadItsHorrible notoriously bad]], and it later transpired that Franchise existed to [[SpringTimeForHitler "over-budget" bad movies and keep the excess as profit]]. After this stinker, the FBI closed in and reclaimed the $100 million...er, $75 million...er, $44 million spent. The lawsuit that came with the FBI eventually [[CreatorKiller blew Franchise Pictures apart]].
21st May '16 4:24:25 PM erforce
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* Creator/SigourneyWeaver was told that the studio lost money on the original ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'', despite it being one of the most successful films ever made, and thus she wasn't going to get any royalties from it. Supposedly she showed up with an army of lawyers and accountants to check the books, and the studio offered her an exorbitant amount of money to appear in the sequel to keep her from looking at them.

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* Creator/SigourneyWeaver was told that the studio lost money on the original ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'', ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}'', despite it being one of the most successful films ever made, and thus she wasn't going to get any royalties from it. Supposedly she showed up with an army of lawyers and accountants to check the books, and the studio offered her an exorbitant amount of money to appear in the sequel [[Film/GhostbustersII sequel]] to keep her from looking at them.
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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