Mo’Nique Sues CBS, Paramount Over ‘The Parkers’ Income – Deadline

In Mo’Nique’s new Netflix stand-up particular, the Academy Award winner spends a while speaking and joking about her stint on The Parkers. Nevertheless, a revenue participation go well with filed at the moment towards Paramount Photos, CBS TV Studios and others isn’t any laughing matter.

“Whereas the Sequence has confirmed to be a serious monetary success for its producers and distributors, the collection’ expertise haven’t been permitted to share within the fruits of that success,” declares the breach of contract motion over the sitcom that ran on the now defunct UPN from 1999 to 2004 (learn it right here).

“Plaintiff is additional knowledgeable and believes and thereupon alleges that the Sequence’ writers and creators carried out a forensic audit that this forensic audit of the Sequence’ books and data strongly steered that Defendants have inequitably structured the Sequence’ funds to artificially depress its profitability and retain hundreds of thousands that might in any other case be contractually due and owing to Plaintiff,” provides the submitting from the deRubertis Legislation Agency, APC and Schimmel & Park, APLC on behalf of Mo’Nique’s manufacturing firm Hicks Media.

“Plaintiff solely not too long ago found the breaches and/or concealment of fabric details described herein when it discovered of particulars of the publicly-filed lawsuit by the writers and creators of the Sequence,” the compliant within the docket in LA Superior Courtroom notes. “Earlier than that, that they had been lulled by means of the phrases and actions of the Defendants into believing that every one moneys have been correctly paid.”

Although phrases like “hundreds of thousands” are to be based within the go well with, the motion doesn’t really specify a quantity that Mo’Nique and her firm are in search of. Nevertheless, with a wide selection of damages, a full accounting and a judicially ordered constructive belief as part of the aid the plaintiff is in search of and the lengthy runway that The Parkers has had in first run TV and syndication, streaming, we’re speaking huge bucks right here

Now, in case you solely know Mo’Nique from her work on the spinoff, Treasured or her comedy, you received’t be shocked to be taught the actress doesn’t have a lot persistence for the particulars of Hollywood accounting and punishments. Again in 2019, Mo’Nique stood up and sued Netflix for racial and gender bias, plus “a discriminatory low-ball supply and ended with a blacklisting act of retaliation.” After the streamer did not have the motion tossed out, the events settled in June final yr. On April 4 this yr, the take-no-prisoners particular My Identify Is Mo’Nique launched on Netflix.

Discovering themselves in Mo’Nique’s authorized highlight, reps for company mothership Paramount World didn’t reply to request from Deadline for touch upon this newest lawsuit. If and when the CBS-owners do reply, we’ll replace this publish.

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