Cartoon Network is considering developing original content as apps and games first rather than as TV shows, in an effort to create its own digital brands to rival the likes of Angry Birds. ...
"I don't think everything has to be created as a show," said Stuart Snyder, president and chief operating officer of parent company Turner's Animation, Young Adults and Kids division. "Things can be developed as shorts, they can start as games, they can start as apps… That is the nature, more and more, of where the business needs to think of itself." ...
So the question I have, one-note Johnny that I am: where does that leave animation artists trying to add to the pension plan and, you know, get health coverage?
Because there is this two-tier system that's been developing awhile.
There is the old-line part of the business, things like live-action and animated television production and theatrical work, and much of those products are unionized. With quaint things like quality health care and pension benefits.
Then there is the "new" part of entertainment: digital effects, video games, phone and ipad applications, etc. etc.. All those things are non-union, and we're told how it's a brave new world now, and everyone needs to fend for themselves, save their own retirement money, suck up the lower pay and higher costs and buy an HMO or high-deductible health insurance policy. Learn to smile and enjoy it.
And when President Romney reaches the 100th day of his administration, and entitlements for the victims and parasites start getting down-sized, I'll be telling my kids to learn to live small and frugal, tucking away as much money as possible for their old age.
Because whatever stash they build up (along with the Wal-mart job) is what will be seeing them through their catfood years.