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Thursday, June 06, 2013

MooPig Verbal Agreements Department :: "Reality TV Lawsuit"

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Conjoined by Pat Darnell  |  June 6, 2013  |  Bryan TX

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Have you ever watched 'Pawn Stars' ? We have. Apparently for cable TV it is one of top ten shows out there. It has gotten so popular that copycat versions have "sprung off" it. The Harrisons own a Las Vegas pawn shop, which is the focus of The History Channel series Pawn Stars. Grand-Pop, Pop, and Son, Harrisons make up a "tri-generational" business.

With more than just a cult following, January 2011, Pawn Stars is History's highest-rated series. An original episode broadcast on January 24, 2011 was watched by seven million viewers, the most-watched telecast ever on History, according to the network and Nielsen Media Research.
Debuting in 2009, ''Pawn Stars'' is now the History Channel's top-rated show, and one of the highest-rated shows on cable television, averaging 5 million viewers per week. This month, [July 2011] Harrison signed a new, record-breaking 80-episode renewal contract for four more seasons of ''Pawn Stars.'' He's also released his first book, ''License to Pawn: Deals, Steals and My Life at the Gold and Silver'' (Hyperion).
That kind of gravy attracts the money grubbers. Five million viewers a week watch four fat men, good-god-and-land-a-sakes, for reals. Yes, there are consultants and fee seekers, and bombastic copy cats all closing in on the Harrisons.

For instance you can find on cable TV "Cajun Pawn Shop," and "Hollywood Pawn" and "Eat up with a Pawn" and first heard here: "MooPig Pawn" where we trade for your tender vittles.

With money grubbers comes always litigations.

Fired ‘Pawn Stars’ manager files lawsuit against reality TV stars - Las Vegas Sun News: "The lawsuit says that around May 2009, Jefferies entered into an oral agreement with the Harrisons to provide management services for the following:
• A $4,000 per monthly fee;
• 5 percent of eBay merchandise sales;
• 5 percent of Rick Harrison’s License to Pawn book;
• 10 percent of Pawn Stars’ slot machine deal;
• 5 percent of Pawn Stars’ coin deal;
• 5 percent of Pawn Stars’ credit card deal;
• 5 percent of Pawn Stars’ merchandise deals;
• 5 percent of the pawn store’s in-store merchandise sales;
• 10 to 15 percent of all paid personal appearances;
• 10 percent of proceeds related to the production and management of the Pawn Stars’ roadshow;
• 5 percent of an energy drink deal.

Jefferies said he also had an oral agreement with Russell for 10 percent of his gross revenue and 10 percent of merchandise deals. ... (Dave Toplikar. Monday, Oct. 8, 2012. HERE) "

Usually, consultants work with firms and are rewarded if their work brings in dough. Most of the time the relationship ends in litigation.

'via Blog this'

To quote one of my favorite bloggers, Pribek, I submit this conclusion:
" ... I realize that my TV viewing, at this point, consists of baseball, old or straight-to-DVD movies on Netflix, ridiculous cooking contest scenario game shows and…the History Channel or the Arts and Entertainment network which, of course have nothing to do with history or art (entertaining though) but are instead a stew of new age versions of the Beverly Hillbillies (charming rednecks who have somehow goobered their way into a fortune and/or are somehow making their way through the modern age while retaining elements of hillbilly culture) and shows about pawn shops that depict scenes nothing like any the depressing collections of crap and human refuse that I've seen in real life pawn shops.
Go figure…  (Pribek, Jack. JUly 19, 2012. LINK) ... "
I am listening to this while I cogitate these articles ...



Pribek said...

I haven't met any skinny my recollection.

I wonder when (if?) the tipping point was that Rick Harrison started making more bank on the peripherals than the actual shop. The dead give away in the "oral agreement" (other than "oral agreement") with the entertainment manager is the premise that a pawnbroker would give up a percentage of the shop.

It is interesting that Pawn Stars is doing a tie-in with Skynyrd, I guess in an effort to gain redneck street cred jump on the hayseed bandwagon.

I saw life size cardboard cut-outs of the Duck guys at the Wal-Mart vision center yesterday...stuff like that used to be a signal that the trend was playing out.

In this area, our competitors (other bands trying to skin us out of real-life honky tonk gigs) have names like "Southern Drawl", "Southern Swagger" and "Southbound"...I told my crew we ought to change our name to "Southern South".

but I digress and have decided to digress thing I saw today was the lone comment from this YouTube of an audio cut from a legendary Grateful Dead show at the Fox in St. Lou '72 (

"i JUST SAT DOWN IN A NEW CHAIR AND IT FLIPPED OVER AND KNOCKED ME oN MY ASS, something tells me this chair is a fucking piece of shit."

I understand there ain't no more cane left on the Brazos, guess you'll have to use some GMO corn syrup for that shoe-fly pie my brother.

Patrick Darnell said...

In one week we have had panic attacks due to bedbug infestation, Dish Direct TV has gone to intermittent on/off status, Verizon wireless setup here at work has permanently gone from three bars to two, thermal eradication treatments at work and home, skyrocketing fees and credit card theft, four days driving for three day stay in Elmhurst IL for number one son's wedding, A/C coil freezing up in house, while A/C dies in my car, got a speeding ticket in IL, and no sight of any shoo-fly pie hereabouts! The cane in Brazos is long departed.

Pribek said...

BUMMER...bad week...chin up, keep your powder dry, get the high ground.

Patrick Darnell said...

I can always trust ya for good advice in the pinch, Boheme!

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