Sean Gunn wants Netflix executives to share the wealth with the actors they depend on.
The Gilmore Girls star, who joined his Hollywood peers on the strike line this week, said The Hollywood Reporter on Friday about his anger at the small balance he gets if the billionaire company streams his previous show.
“I was on a TV show called Gilmore Girls This has given Netflix huge profits for a long time,” he said. “It’s been one of their most popular shows for over a decade. It’s streamed over and over again and I see almost no revenue from it.”
In May, the Film and TV Writers’ Union went on strike for the first time in 15 years to demand fair pay and proper guidelines for the use of artificial intelligence. The Screen Actors Guild also voted to go on strike this week after studio negotiations collapsed. This was the first time since the 1960s that both unions went on strike at the same time.
In the THR interview, Gunn Also claimed that Ted Sarandos, Netflix co-CEO, and Reed Hastings, chairman of the board, “give each other tens of millions in bonuses,” although the article has since been updated “to remove false statements about bonuses by Netflix CEOs.” .
“I don’t understand why they can’t cut those bonuses to share the wealth more with the people who created the content that made them rich,” he said told the drain. “It’s really a travesty. And if the answer is, “Well, that’s the way business works”…then that sucks. That makes you a bad person.”
The THR article now points out that Sarandos and Hastings’ compensation last year consisted largely of stock options rather than bonuses. This year could be Sarandos allegedly Earn up to $40 million on his salary, stock options and performance bonus. Co-CEO Greg Peters is allegedly In addition to his $3 million salary, he is expected to receive a huge increase in potential stock options and $30 million in bonuses.
In his remarks to THR, Gunn appeared to have mixed revenue — the amount of money a company like Netflix makes — with leftovers spent by a company that produces and licenses a project. In the case of Gilmore Girls, the leftovers are from Warner Bros. Discovery.
Gilmore Girls originally aired on The WB, which later became The CW, from 2000 to 2007. It was subsequently made available on Netflix and became a staple for viewers who wanted the show’s small-town vibe and witty quips.
Gunn, who played Kirk on the popular series, told THR that the need to better pay Hollywood workers “is actually a moral and ethical issue as well as a financial one” — summing up well what writers and actors do argued all along.
“You really need to rethink how you do business and share the wealth with the people,” he added. “Otherwise everything collapses.”