Glen Larson suing Universal

Battlestar Galactica{jcomments off}Glen Larson is suing Universal over the profits from his hit television shows such as Battlestar Galactica, Knight Rider and Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.

The prolific television producer has many a hit/memorable series to his name from the 1970s right through to the 2000s. Amongst his many television shows were; the original series of Battlestar Galactica, Buck Rogers, Knight Rider, Magnum P.I, Six Million Dollar Man and Quincy M.E. In something of a surprise move Larson has filed a lawsuit against Universal over the profits made by his television shows.

“The television shows created and produced by Mr. Larson at Universal are some of the most successful in history and many were and remain ‘cash cows’ for Universal,” the lawsuit says. “Mr. Larson is probably the most successful creator/producer of television shows in Universal’s history both in terms of revenue and critical acclaim … As the shows make more money for Universal, the deficit that Larson Productions must overcome continually increases. It’s Hollywood’s version of being a sharecropper.” – Extract from Larson’s lawsuit.

The producer is claiming that Universal with-held profits from his successful shows which amount to millions of pounds. Universal have reacted to the lawsuit by stating “We are surprised that Mr. Larson has brought this lawsuit. Mr. Larson did not conduct any audit or otherwise notify Universal of any claim in advance of this filing.”

Glen A Larson, next to Aaron Spelling, is perhaps one of America’s most prolific television producers with numerous credits to his name. Some of the most iconic programming of the 70s and 80s were produced by Larson. Knight Rider, unsuccessfully, and Battlestar Galactica have both been revived in recent years. The revival of Battlestar Galactica – which Larson was not involved with directly – has led to spin-offs Caprica and the forthcoming Blood & Chrome. There is also a big-screen movie in development though that is not based on the remake and more likely will be an adaptation of Larson’s original pilot from 1978.