Sean Gunn Criticizes AMPTP for Lack of ‘Gilmore Girls’ Reruns

Sean Gunn Criticizes AMPTP for Lack of 'Gilmore Girls' Reruns: "It's Really a Joke"
Sean Gunn Criticizes AMPTP for Lack of ‘Gilmore Girls’ Reruns: “It’s Really a Joke”

Sean Gunn Criticizes AMPTP for Lack of ‘Gilmore Girls’ Reruns

During the SAG AFTRA strike Sean Gunn an actor known for his role in Gilmore Girls and the brother of DC head James Gunn, didn’t hold back in expressing his dissatisfaction with the lack of residuals he has received. Gunn specifically targeted Netflix, emphasizing that despite the ongoing success of the show since its debut in 2000, he has not been adequately compensated. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, he called for a reevaluation of the industry’s business practices, urging studios and streamers to share their wealth more fairly.

claims to have seen very little of the revenue

As Gunn explained, Gilmore Girls has generated substantial profits for Netflix over the years, becoming one of their most popular and frequently streamed shows. However, he claims to have seen very little of the revenue from the series. It’s important to note that the residuals Gunn is referring to come from Warner Bros. Discovery, the studio responsible for producing and licensing the show to Netflix. Regardless of the viewership numbers on the streaming platform, Gunn and his co-stars are paid the same by the studio.

Sean Gunn Criticizes AMPTP for Lack of 'Gilmore Girls' Reruns: "It's Really a Joke"
Sean Gunn Criticizes AMPTP for Lack of ‘Gilmore Girls’ Reruns: “It’s Really a Joke”

Gunn portrayed the character Kirk

Gunn portrayed the character Kirk, a quirky resident of Stars Hollow, in the original WB-produced series that ran for seven seasons from 2000 to 2007. He later reprised his role in the 2016 revival, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, which was released on Netflix. While criticizing the compensation of Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos and executive chair Reed Hastings, Gunn mistakenly attributed substantial bonuses to them, when in fact their compensation primarily consisted of stock options according to SEC filings.

In urging a change in the industry, Gunn emphasized the need for a fair distribution of wealth and urged studios and streamers to reconsider their business practices. He warned that failure to do so could have dire consequences for the industry as a whole.

artificial intelligence and revenue sharing

Despite Gilmore Girls’ popularity on Netflix since its addition to the platform nearly a decade ago, actors do not necessarily receive larger residual checks from the studio due to current deal structures. Gunn also highlighted two other significant issues for him in contract negotiations: artificial intelligence and revenue sharing in streaming. While acknowledging his limited understanding of the complexities surrounding AI, he stressed the importance of fair compensation for the use of one’s likeness. Gunn also echoed Fran Drescher, the president of SAG-AFTRA, in stating that the current business model has become unsustainable and needs restructuring.

Following failed contract negotiations with studios and streamers, SAG-AFTRA joined the Writers Guild on the picket lines, resulting in a historic double strike in Hollywood.

Note: The original version of the article was corrected to clarify that residuals are paid by the studio rather than the streamer, and to provide accurate information about Netflix CEO compensation.

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