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2013 | 2003

2 items from 2013


Piece of the Revenue Pie Shrinking for Entertainment Creators

6 June 2013 3:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hollywood’s creative community is trying to figure out the following anomaly: While distributors of entertainment are carving out an ever bigger slice of the revenue pie, the creators of entertainment have an ever shrinking one.

If you’re skeptical about this, study the glowing earnings reports of the multinationals, then contrast the trends with random data on writers or actors. For example, writers of feature films earned 34% less in aggregate last year than they did five years ago (TV writers did only marginally better), according to the Writers Guild of America.

We all know that writers are chronic complainers, but at this moment in time they may actually have something to complain about. It’s getting tougher to make a living at the writing trade.

“Working as a feature film writer has gone from a poor career choice to a blood sport,” observes screenwriter John C. Richards.

Given this phenomenon, »

- Peter Bart

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Piece of the Revenue Pie Shrinking for Entertainment Creators

6 June 2013 3:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Hollywood’s creative community is trying to figure out the following anomaly: While distributors of entertainment are carving out an ever bigger slice of the revenue pie, the creators of entertainment have an ever shrinking one.

If you’re skeptical about this, study the glowing earnings reports of the multinationals, then contrast the trends with random data on writers or actors. For example, writers of feature films earned 34% less in aggregate last year than they did five years ago (TV writers did only marginally better), according to the Writers Guild of America.

We all know that writers are chronic complainers, but at this moment in time they may actually have something to complain about. It’s getting tougher to make a living at the writing trade.

“Working as a feature film writer has gone from a poor career choice to a blood sport,” observes screenwriter John C. Richards.

Given this phenomenon, »

- Peter Bart

Permalink | Report a problem


2013 | 2003

2 items from 2013


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