Barry Pearl (L) and Ryan Patrick Binder.
Barry Pearl has claimed that Oprah Winfrey’s production did not pay him for a movie clip they used on air.
Barry Pearl requested for a reasonable fee from Oprah’s production, Harpo, for using a movie clip that was on their show. The staff called his residuals “found money” and were reluctant to reimburse him. Barry Pearl makes his living from collecting fees from producers who play his movie clips.
When Pearl saw “Summer Nights” playing on a TV in John Travolta’s episode of Oprah’s show, he realized that it was aired without his consent. Barry Pearl asked Harpo for $7500 for himself and 3 other people involved in the clip.
Harpo productions bargained with Pearl with a very small amount. Barry Pearl has asked his lawyer to assist to resolve this case.