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‘Major’ dispute over sitcom coin

The creators of the “Major Dad” television series have sued Universal City Studios for not paying them their share of syndication revenues.

John Stephens and Richard C. Okie, in a complaint filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, say they are owed $ 1,440,000 each under 1989 agreements with Universal that called for payments to each of them of $ 15,000 per episode once the show was sold into syndication. According to the suit, Universal has claimed that a sale to USA Network and to foreign markets is not syndication.

Stephens and Okie were to receive a third of the syndication money when the series was sold, another third when released, and a final third one year after release.

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