Here's a preliminary and bedrock point to note in any blog post prior to its focus upon a high-profile contractual dispute relevant to a top-ranking television program: "The business side of the entertainment industry can be extremely challenging to navigate."
That quote comes courtesy of a webpage discussing actors' representation at the well-established Law Offices of Barry K. Rothman in Los Angeles.
And we know it conveys an honest and accurate statement, because our attorneys have represented a deep stable of Who's-Who clients in the entertainment industry on contractual matters for decades.
Successful actor Daniel Dae Kim, who for years portrayed a central character on the highly popular television show Hawaii Five-0, also knows it's true.
And from deeply personal experience. Kim and fellow Five-0 star Grace Park recently left the series owing to a contractual dispute marked by their inability to gain salary parity with two other actors on the show, namely, Alex O'Loughlin and Scott Caan, respectively.
CBS executives strongly assert that Kim's and Park's contributions were highly valued and that the network strove mightily to keep them under contract. Reportedly, the contract deals offered came close, although they lacked what a recent article on the contractual matter called the "lucrative points on the show's backend" that O'Loughlin and Caan receive.
Kim professes no bitterness toward his former cast members or network executives. Indeed, the actor clearly goes out of his way to laud nearly everything about the show.
Still, he says, "it's possible to be grateful and respectful of colleagues and still maintain a steadfast sense of your self-worth."
On that point, Kim, Park and CBS weren't quite on the same page.