Friday, December 16, 2011

Our Fine Entertainment Conglomerates

... which rule everybody's lives. ...

Media Consolidation Infographic

Source: Frugal dad

Some years back I was working to organize a small animation studio.

The artist I was trying to convince to sign a representation card wasn't that interested. He said:

"Steve, I don't like working for big studios, not my bag. I enjoy the small places. I know I make less money and get worse benefits, but I'm okay trading that for working at a nice, Mom and Pop studio ...

At the time, his "Mom and Pop" studio was doing sub-contract work for Disney. I pointed out how, if he was going to work for a conglomerate anyway, even if indirectly, he should be better compensated for it.

He looked at me as though I'd just stepped off an interstellar starship from the Narbak star system.

We can all drift along, pretending that we have multiple decisions as entertainment workers about what which entity receives the fruits of our labor. But there are really only a handful of choices. At the end of the work week, most everybody who is not working for DreamWorks Animation is giving their brain and wrist power to one of the fine companies listed above.

(And how much longer will DreamWorks Animation remain independent? Even Pixar is part of the Big Company syndrome now, paying "Mom and Pop" wages still. Such a deal.)


Anonymous said...

Corporate Communism for ALL! Whether you like it or not. Whatever happened to the fantasy of a "free market?"

Anonymous said...

There is an error on the infograph. Disney no longer owns Miramax. They have sold it off along with its library of films.

Chris Sobieniak said...

Sad what it's turned into.

Anonymous said...

How similar is it now to how everything was in the 40's and 50's. Wasn't there just the big 3 networks on TV and the Hollywood studio system and that was it?

Or maybe not... with printed media and all that.

Anonymous said...

But those networks were independant, and were dedicated to JOURNALISM---you know, reporting the news. Something our far right conglomerate media today doesn't do.

Anonymous said...

How similar is it now to how everything was in the 40's and 50's.

The television networks were headquartered in New York and were independent of the Hollywood studios, which were in Hollywood. They were locked in a pitched battle for popularity. And in the 40's and 50's there were many more movie studios, each with their own distinct footprint.

And, as you noted, there was a very vital newpaper and magazine world, and lots of independent players. Some of the most influential were relatively small, and were not aligned with the major players. It couldn't be more different now.

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