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Old May 15 2013, 07:40 PM   #36
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Re: George Takei and Second Two of TOS

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Roddenberry's attempt to dump Doohan after the second pilot
I'm not up to speed on this. What's this about, please?
Checking my records, it turns out I transcribed more memos about this than I had remembered. Happy to share them.

On April 11, 1966, not long after the series had been picked up, Gene Roddenberry sent the following to James Doohan:

According to Inside Star Trek: The Real Story:

Although the book claims that Wilkins closed the deal after one day, it appears that negotiations actually took a few weeks, and were finally settled on May 19, 1966, according to this memo from casting director Joe D'Agosta to business affairs attorney Ed Perlstein:

I never transcribed the terms of Doohan's original contract for the second pilot, but my speculation is that after Roddenberry made the mistake of declining his option, Doohan was able to re-negotiate for a more favorable per episode rate. Since the character was a success, his appearance in more shows was subsequently negotiated, as indicated by this memo from D'Agosta to Roddenberry on NOVEMBER 11, 1966:

I have negotiated another “handshake” agreement with Jim’s agent, Paul Wilkens, whereby we guarantee him five more shows at $850 for six days per show.

If we use Jim less than six days, we may hire him at the following rates: These shows, however, are not to be included in the guarantee.

One day 300.00
Two days 500.00
Three days 600.00
Four days 700.00

If he is originally scheduled to work one to four days and in fact works five or six days, he is to be paid a pro rata of the salary and the show will not be included in the guarantee.

By the end of the first season, the producers liked Doohan enough to sign him to an exclusive, four year contract, as indicated in this March 16, 1967 memo from D'Agosta to Perlstein:

I am happy to advise you that James Doohan has signed an exclusive contract with Desilu for the 1967/1968 broadcast season for three subsequent years after this year on a nine out of 13 of each 13 programs produced and pro rata for cycles of less than 13 shows terminable by Desilu at the end of any 13-program cycle.

The compensation which is for up to five consecutive days work per episode is:

First Year: $ 850
Second Year: $1,100
Third Year: $1,350
Fourth Year: $1,600

Billing is at Producer’s discretion.
Thanks for all of the wonderful historical details.

As noted, its funny that Doohan became so buddy-buddy with Roddenberry in the early 70s (and going on his "I hate Shatner" campaign), after GR nearly bumped him into acting oblivion.

Seems like desperate behavior. Or perhaps after his first brush with the boot, Doohan was jocking Roddenberry in the syndication hit years to guarantee he would have a place in any then-hypothetical ST revivals.

Very curious.
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