Actor Wil Wheaton, best known for his roles on Star Trek: The Next Generation and The Big Bang Theory, has filed a breach of contract suit against digital entertainment company Geek & Sundry alleging that he has not been paid his share of profits from the role-playing game show Titansgrave: The Ashes Of Valkana, a roleplay gaming show he created, wrote and executive produced.
The suit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court by Wheaton and his company, Media Dynamics — notes that Geek & Sundry, a subsidiary of Legendary Entertainment, hired him in 2015 to create the series for $50,000 plus 50% of any net profits that ensued. Wheaton claims the contract also provided for Legendary to consult with him before making any deals that involved the show. The implication is that Wheaton was part owner of the property, and that Legendary wasn’t allowed to make deals regarding distribution of the show without consulting him.
Unfortunately this is apparently precisely what Legendary did, licensing the show to Sinclair Broadcasting, Pluto TV, and Hulu, all without even telling Wheaton they’d done it, let alone allowing him to participate in the process. Wheaton says he only learned of the deals because he happened to find the show on those platforms.
Wheaton alleges that these deals were not only made without his knowledge, but that Legendary isn’t even allowing him to audit its books to see how much he is owed. He is asking the court to conduct a full accounting.
From what we can glean from this, it appears that while Geek and Sundry might have bargained in good faith, Legendary apparently was not. We’ll make more information available as it becomes available.
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