A television producer who worked on hits including "Knight Rider" and "Six Million Dollar Man" has sued Universal, claiming he was cheated out of millions of dollars in profits from some of the biggest hits of the 1970s and 1980s, according to The Hollywood Reporter’s Hollywood, Esq. blog.
Glen Larson filed suit Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court alleging decades-long fraud from a studio that he claims never once sent him profit participation statements, the story says.
“Indeed, as the shows make more money for Universal, the deficit that Larson Productions must overcome continually increases,” the complaint states. “It’s Hollywood’s version of being a sharecropper.”
NBCUniversal responded by saying it was "surprised that Mr. Larson has brought this lawsuit. He has been well compensated for his work on Universal’s shows. Mr. Larson did not conduct any audit or otherwise notify Universal of any claim in advance of this filing. We have not seen the lawsuit."
Larson started his relationship with Universal in 1974, the story notes. Jack Klugman, who starred in the Larson-produced "Quincy M.E.," has also sued Universal over profits, the article points out.