You may remember that it was “clarified” at a Contract Extension Informational Meeting that RETURNING Digital “Dramatic” shows/series would continue to work under their old terms and would NOT be affected by SAG’s HISTORIC TV/Theatrical One Year Extension ! It was further “clarified” that only NEW Dramatic Digital shows/series on WB/UPN would be affected by the proposed extension. And under further questioning, it was revealed that NOT ONE SINGLE DIGITAL SHOW on WB and UPN’s schedule, at that time, would be affected by the much ballyhooed extension with the AMPTP.
Well, here is a GOOD NEWS update. That zero prediction has been upgraded! SAG’s Historic One year TV/Theatrical Contract will actually affect THREE “NEW” DRAMATIC “DIGITAL” SHOWS! Now, the last reported annual TV/Theatrical contract numbers totaled over ONE BILLION dollars in membership revenue. And the gains generated by these three NEW shows mean that there will be HUNDREDS, if not hundreds upon hundreds of dollars, added to SAG’s total revenue pool for members.
Sure, there are those among our membership that will probably try and belittle this infusion of hundreds, if not hundreds upon hundreds, of dollars into our total revenue pool! They will probably point out that by getting the worst contract in guild history, with the lowest minimum gains since 1985 and NO bump in DVD residuals, members will be losing out on an infusion of MILLIONS, if not millions upon millions, of dollars into our total revenue pool— and our total revenue could suffer accordingly.
Of course, we must never forget that those who point such things out are craven, malcontented, misanthropic embedded union busters who are doing it as some sort of publicity stunt.
Actually, the only unfortunate thing with this overwhelming addition of hundreds, if not hundreds upon hundreds, of dollars to our total revenue pool is that this Gravy Train stops at the end of the historic one year TV/Theatrical extension.
A.L. Miller SW’s Award Winning Editor & Chief