Monday, December 26, 2016

It was the best of times...

2016 is predicted to be another record-setting year for movie-going. Animation Domination is part of the lingua franca ( even if it's a thing of the past. ) One of the top three cable channels from last year has 'cartoon' in its name. So things are good, right?

Well, then there's this. And also this. And if those things aren't so clear, try reading this and this too.

If you don't like clicking on links - let me summarize: streaming is the next big thing. New Media, SVOD, whatever you want to call it.

We have provisions in our contract for this category of work ( see page 99 ), but they are not on par with what has been established for film and television work. No artist I've talked to working under the New Media terms has been happy about the lower rates. "It's the same work, but lower pay" they tell me.

For 2018, the contract cycle has already started. (edit - and the DGA is back ) Do you think New Media is an economically viable medium? What if you had to work on a project under the terms of Sideletter N? Start reading and asking questions now. Please don't wait any longer, especially if this is all new to you.

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