Too Much TV: Your TV Talking Points For Thursday, September 28th, 2023

Written by 28 September, 2023
Here's everything you need to know about the world of television for Thursday, September 28h, 2023. PROMOTE YOUR STREAMING SHOW LIKE YOU'RE PETE BUTTIGIEGI was speaking with someone on social media earlier today and I mentioned that some writers would now have an incentive to be out self-promoting their streaming projects, in order to make the new 20% viewing threshold, which would qualify them for the new WGA performance-based bonus.And I quickly heard back for several showrunners reminding me they had already been doing that. As one person told me "I had to hire my own PR firm, because the…
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Survey From Ad-Supported TV Platform Finds That's What TV Viewers Prefer

Written by 26 September, 2023
Perhaps I am entirely too skeptical, but when I see the results of a study conducted by a company with a vested interest in the results, I naturally will suspect the final conclusion might be a bit skewed.So for what it's worth, a new study of Canadian TV viewers conducted by Roku's Advertising division has found TV streaming is now the most popular TV source, with 75% of Canadian internet users streaming video.On average, the survey found Canadian TV streamers have used/subscribed to 3.5 paid or free streaming services in their household in 2023, which is anticipated to increase to…

Too Much TV: Your TV Talking Points For Wednesday, September 27th, 2023

Written by 27 September, 2023
Here's everything you need to know about the world of television for Tuesday, September 26th, 2023. SOME THOUGHTS ABOUT THE TENTATIVE WGA MBA As I promised in last night's newsletter, I talked to a number of people today about the new WGA deal with AMPTP and a few things are becoming clear.The "Now we are going to be able to see how many people watch my show" narrative isn't accurate. But there is a reasonable framework in place to provide performance-based residual payments. There are also a lot of caveats, and I went through them in this piece I posted…
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WGA/SAG-AFTRA Strike 2023: Today's Best Links - Wednesday, September 27th

Written by 27 September, 2023
Here is a round-up of the best news coverage of the 2023 WGA/SAG-AFTRA Strike from Wednesday, September 27th, 2023. Links will be added and updated throughout the day:* WGA Leaders David Goodman, Chris Keyser And Meredith Stiehm On How the Deal Was Done: ‘We Got Something For Every Sector Of The Guild' (Variety)Goodman and Keyser, both past presidents of the WGA West, were co-chairs of the WGA’s 25-member negotiating committee. Stiehm was re-elected earlier this month to her second two-year term as WGA West president. All three are veteran showrunners who went into these momentous negotiations determined to shore up…

How Much Streaming Data Will Writers Receive Under The New WGA/AMPTP Deal?

Written by 27 September, 2023
Once the terms of the new tentative agreement between the WGA and AMPTP were released Tuesday evening, I heard from a number of writers who were excited about the increased streaming transparency included in the deal.However, despite the claims of "We'll finally get to see streaming numbers!," the truth is a lot less straight-forward. To be clear, I think the WGA negotiated a good deal when it comes to streaming performance bonuses. And I think that it's not a big surprise that the terms negotiated by the WGA align pretty closely with what Netflix has agreed to in other territories.…

Too Much TV: Your TV Talking Points For Tuesday, September 26th, 2023

Written by 26 September, 2023
Here's everything you need to know about the world of television for Tuesday, September 26th, 2023. THE WGA STRIKE IS OVERThe WGA reached a tentative agreement with the AMPTP over the weekend and on today, the WGA Negotiating Committee, WGAW Board, and WGAE Council all voted unanimously to recommend the agreement. The strike ends at 12:01 am tonight. It will now go to both guild memberships for a ratification vote, which will take place between October 2nd and 9th.Here is a link to the summary of the 2023 WGA MBA.Here is a link to the 94-page memorandum of agreement.Here is…
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