And, man is Bellisario ever successful. We’re talking about the creator-writer-producer of NCIS, JAG, MAGNUM P.I., AIRWOLF, BLACK SHEEP SQUADRON, QUANTUM LEAP. All that good stuff.
This interview isn’t new. It was recorded several years ago as part of the TV Academy’s “Archive of American Television.” But everything Bellisario says about TV writing and the TV biz is as valid as it ever was.
Besides, you love hearing other writers’ war stories. You know you do. And Bellisario’s got plenty of ’em.
‘Knight Rider’ Producer Survives Round One in Universal Fraud Lawsuit – by Eriq Gardner
Television producer Glen Larson has jumped the first hurdle in his multimillion-dollar lawsuit against Universal over money from a string of hit shows from the 1970s and 1980s.
Larson, whose work includesKnight Rider, The Six Million Dollar Man, Magnum P.I. andBattlestar Galactica, claims that the series generated hundreds of millions of dollars for the studio yet he hasn’t received any profit participation statements and “as the shows make more money for Universal, the deficit that Larson Productions must overcome continually increases.”
In a detailed ruling issued this week, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James Dunn is allowing most of Larson’s claims to move forward over objections made by the studio at the initial stage.
Oops, you caught us rooting. But why not? After all:
Unless you grew up in a Izbekistan you know damn well that every time the talent on any show is suing the studio over not getting their contractual piece of the action the studio’s been fucking cheating them
Glen Larson was TVWriter™ Boss Larry Brody’s boss for a lotta years, some of which LB even describes as “yeah, it was okay
So there’s no contest here. Of course we’re on GL’s side.