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‘Gilmore Girls’ Star Sean Gunn Slams Netflix for Lack of Residuals – The Hollywood Reporter



Whereas out on the picket strains Friday for the first day of SAG-AFTRA’s strike, Sean Gunn didn’t maintain again on slamming Netflix for the dearth of residuals he has acquired for his function in Gilmore Ladies.

The actor, brother of DC head James Gunn, informed The Hollywood Reporter that he “particularly wanted to come out and protest Netflix” as a result of, regardless of the present’s continued success because it debuted in 2000, he has not been compensated.

“I was on a television show called Gilmore Girls for a long time that has brought in massive profits for Netflix,” he defined. “It has been one of their most popular shows for a very long time, over a decade. It gets streamed over and over and over again, and I see almost none of the revenue that comes into that.”

Gunn performed Kirk, a unusual resident that lived in Stars Hole, within the collection that initially ran for seven seasons from 2000 to 2007. He then reprised his function in Netflix’s 2016 revival, Gilmore Ladies: A Yr within the Life, alongside Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel.

The Guardians of the Galaxy star proceeded to name out co-CEO Ted Sarandos and government chair Reed Hastings for giving “each other bonuses in the tens of millions of dollars.”

“I don’t understand why they can’t lessen those bonuses to share the wealth more with the people who have created the content that has gotten them rich,” he continued. “It really is a travesty. And if the answer is, ‘Well, this is just how business is done, this is just how corporate business works,’ that sucks. That makes you a bad person. And you really need to rethink how you do business and share the wealth with people. Otherwise, this is all going to come crashing down.”

The dramedy, which initially ran on The WB, after which ultimately The CW, has been a preferred title for Netflix because it was added to the streamer practically a decade in the past. However, based mostly on the way in which present offers are structured, simply because a present is performing effectively on a streamer doesn’t imply actors are getting greater residual checks.

Gunn additionally informed THR that aside from residuals and performance-based incentives, synthetic intelligence and the sharing of streaming income are two different points which can be essential for him in contract negotiations.

“I can’t pretend that I understand the ins and outs of all the facets of the AI issue, but I know that being compensated for use of one’s likeness is incredibly important and needs to be an equitable part of this deal,” he added. “Sharing in streaming revenue – it needs to be re-thought of. As Fran Drescher (president of SAG-AFTRA) said yesterday, the whole business model has fallen apart really and so we kind of need to restructure it from the top.”

The actors union formally joined the Writers Guild out on the picket strains on Friday after contract negotiations collapsed with studios and streamers at midnight Wednesday, resulting in Hollywood’s first double strike in six a long time.

Mikey O’Connell and Tiffany Taylor contributed to this report.

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