If you live outside of the United States, I have a huge favor to ask.
I wrote all the music for a show called "Maximum Exposure." It started airing in Fall 2000 and has been really nice for me in ASCAP royalties. But I have yet to collect a dime in foreign royalties, even though Paramount told me they sold the heck out of the show internationally.
After trying to get ASCAP to look into this for me (for two years!), they're finally getting back to me to tell me the various foreign societies are saying the show has never aired, but if I can give specific stations/networks and dates, it may help change their tune.
Paramount gave me a list of foreign territories (but not specific stations) the show was definitely sold in. It includes virtually ALL countries in the world. So something's not adding up!
The show is still airing strong here in reruns, but I don't know if that's the case internationally.
From here, I have two options:
1. Try harder to get Paramount to take care of this. The problem with this is I would have to go over the heads of the incompetent contacts I already have there. Feathers would definitely get ruffled. But eventually, I may have to do this.
2. Find out on my own when and where (if at all) Maximum Exposure has aired outside the United States. That's where I'm asking anyone who can check some TV listings if they would help me out and see if you can find any airings of Maximum Exposure (sometimes called MaxEx).
The show (I'll describe it in case you've seen it, but didn't remember the title) is an hour long collection of home video clips of mostly guys getting hurt in funny ways (moron trying to jump a swimming pool on his bike, for instance), stupid criminals, car chases, etc. It's basically guy stuff (my wife hates it) and the narrator has a wisecracking, surfer-dude style.
By the way, I suspect I will have the same problem with another show called "Unexplained Mysteries" (different from UnSOLVED Mysteries) which started airing in Fall 2003. Same bunch of Paramount bozos, but too early for me to inquire at ASCAP. So if you could also take a peek for that show, I'd appreciate it.
I greatly appreciate any help anyone can offer here!
And if anyone can find a way to check BACK listings (to Fall 2000 or thereabouts) for any markets outside the U.S., that would be ultra cool. I will gladly pay for this kind of research. Email me and we can work something out.
Thanks very much for any help!
- Mike Greene