Gilmore Girls and Guardians of the Galaxy star Sean Gunn recently spoke out about the unfair process of residuals in the streaming era. The actor has now taken to Twitter to explain his comments.
Gunn gave an interview with The Hollywood Reporter from the picket line at Netflix, which was later removed by the publication. The interview featured Gunn’s reasons for protesting Netflix, particularly noting his lack of revenue return from the popularity of Gilmore Girls.
The publication tweeted their reasoning for deleting the interview, stating that, “ it did not note that the residuals Gunn was referencing are paid by the studio and not the streamer, Netflix.”
The actor has since responded to the deleted interview on Twitter, writing, “I never even used the word ‘residuals’ in my interview. The point I was making is that we don’t see any residuals for number of views on Netflix. Instead, we see a very meager amount from WB based on the licensing. Do better”.
He followed this response with a video, further clarifying his thoughts on Netflix residuals: “The important thing is that – the whole point of my interview is that Netfilx doesn’t pay residuals to the actors. So, there’s no sharing in the success of a show with Netflix.”
Gunn acknowledges, “It’s true that they pay a licensing fee to Warner Bros and that Warner Bros then pays residuals from that licensing fee, which is a very small amount, particularly for a show that’s been off the air for a long time. But when the show is a huge success, and they generate millions of dollars of profits for Netflix, we don’t share in any of that.”
He states that this is, “in large part because there’s no transparency with their numbers, but really this is about fairness for everybody and we just want to make sure that we have a fair deal. If a show is a success, we should participate in that. That seems totally reasonable, I think everybody can relate to it.”
The actor concludes, “Hollywood Reporter, if you want to reach out to me, I’m here to talk anytime, but I think that interview should go back up.”