I think when you create a franchise that managed to capture the limited span of teenagers and the minds of people all across the globe, you are at least entitled to some compensation. But what do I know? I’m not Disney.
Hollywood has a funny idea of taking ideas from people, then completely distancing itself from those people, suing them, and claiming they were theirs all along. Somewhat similar to Lady Gaga. Somewhat. And that’s exactly what’s happening to the creators of Hannah Montana.
Miley Cyrus, for the moment, has become a global icon for tweens. They fill her coffers, she occasionally releases an album that they lap up, or a terrible movie, and everyone’s happy. Especially Disney. Except for the people who made Miley Cyrus and the Hannah Montana brand famous in the first place, Barry O’ Brien and Richard Correll. They created the show in 2005, and are filing suit, claiming that they are owed millions of dollars in back percentages by the giant studio. Disney makes billions of dollar a year, pumping out easy teen product. They can’t at least pay these guys what they’re owed? Shady.
And I don’t for a minute begrudge them for creating Hannah Montana. They need to milk that mouse for all he’s worth.