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Josh B
Thu, Dec 29, 2011, 12:21am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: The First Duty

The royalties thing is more complicated than just one payment that they screwed Moore & Shankar out of. The WGA has rules on "character payments" that basically say that if you write an episode with a particular character, and that character gets used again in future episodes, you are owed a fee for the use of your character. (Though, inexplicably, some shows like Grey's Anatomy got around this by declaring themselves soap operas, which are immune from that rule).

So if you follow that to its logical conclusion, if they had made kept the character as Locarno for Voyager, Moore & Shankar would have been paid residuals for every single episode of Voyager that featured the Locarno/Paris character. I agree it would have been cool, but I can also see why TPTB wouldn't have wanted to shell out all that residual money when instead they could just rename the character.
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Josh B
Fri, Oct 29, 2010, 7:46pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S3: The Best of Both Worlds, Part I

An interesting note: I read that Ron Jones was fired by Rick Berman for scores like this that were too 'bold' or 'bombastic'. That's a WTF moment, methinks.
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