Coming soon to California courtrooms: a "new frontier in profit-participation lawsuits." That's how one lawyer describes the possible fallout of current "secret closed-door meetings" about
showrunners sharing in the revenue generated by online streaming of their shows, according to Eriq Gardner.
"Up until now, showrunners have never been participants in network ad money," writes Gardner. "But [attorney Larry] Stein is insisting they be given a piece of online ad revenue as well as a share of money generated by, say, Hulu Plus subscriptions, and wants profit-sharing contracts modified to address streaming revenues." So far, studios are saying no.