Rupert and his minions could be staring at some seriously high mounds of cash in the not-distant future.
... While 20th Century Fox Television re-signed the longest-running comedy on television [The Simpsons] for two more seasons in October, it is unlikely the run will go any further given the tumultuous negotiations that took place with the voice actors.
And here’s why it will mean a windfall for the company within three years. The syndication agreement was signed years ago at a different time in the media landscape and only allowed Fox to sell the show to local affiliates.
Now, News Corp. could sell to cable stations such as TBS and Comedy Central and so-called over-the-top distributors like Netflix. ... [T]he company could easily get $1 million to $2 million per episode for the 500-plus episode library. ...
I'm sure that the News Corp. folks will be more than delighted to share a little of this windfall with the artists who have toiled on the show all these years.
Won't they? Won't they?!