‘Knight Rider’ Creator Sues Universal For Profits

by | July 12, 2011 at 4:11 PM | TV News

By Tim Molloy

NEW YORK (TheWrap) – The producer of “Knight Rider,” “Battlestar Galactica,” “Magnum, P.I.” and a string of other hits — and the man credited with creating the word “frak” — is suing Universal for millions in profits.

Glen A. Larson’s lawsuit says the 1970s and ’80s shows Larson created and produced were some of Universal’s biggest cash cows, and that Larson was “probably the most successful creator/producer of television shows in Universal’s history both in terms of revenue and critical acclaim.”

It says Universal has made hundreds of millions on the shows but underpaid Larson out of the profits.

“Indeed, as the shows make more money for Universal, the deficit that Larson productions must overcome continually increases. It’s Hollywood’s version of being a sharecropper,” reads one colorful passage of the suit.

The imaginative imagery is fitting for a lawsuit from Larson, credited with basing “Battlestar” partly on Mormon theology and creating the curse word the show and its reboot made famous.

Universal did not immediately return a call for comment.

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