Thursday, 29. January 2009 - 12:40 pm
John Landis, director of Michael Jackson’s Thriller – probably the most celebrated music video of all time – is suing Jackson for profits from the video-cum-mini-film that he believes are owed to him, due to the contract he signed to direct the video back in 1983.
As well as a fee, it appears that Landis’s unusual contract to make Thriller granted him 50% of the net profits earned by the work. More than 25 years after he made it, Landis alleges he is still waiting to see that money.
Now he’s filed a complaint, with the Los Angeles Superior Court – which you can view here – and Landis’s actual contract with Jacko is part of the addendum to the complaint.
Very interesting – and bound to stir up that old debate about video directors’ rights to royalty payments, especially on those odd occasions when music videos actually make money.