Increasingly – TV Execs Negotiate With Themselves For Shows

Increasingly, American TV networks buying shows are the same people who produce the shows, and the complicated relationship is changing the rules of the business. “Such incestuous discussions are increasingly common in the industry, where a handful of giant companies occupy both sides of the negotiating table, produce much of the programming on the air and increasingly play financial hardball to offset their ratings losses. The squeeze is being felt not just by talent but also by the agents and managers who represent them. Independent producers, meanwhile, have been pushed to near-extinction. Only 11% of last year’s new prime-time programs came from companies other than major studios – and most of those were low-cost reality shows.”