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Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by StacieH, Mar 20, 2017.
How 'bout I just buy some things on Amazon instead?
While a cute response, I am assuming it doesn’t help the actors as they then don’t get their royalties.
And they get it from an individual's Prime subscription (and as opposed to from a general Amazon purchase)? And will you likewise be sending a donation to the NBC News division if you watch the stellar "NBC Nightly News"?
If the team of actors on the show had a GoFundMe page, and/or if the Sherman-Palladinos did, or likewise Sam Phillips and Eric Gorfain (series music), I indeed might. In the meanwhile, the series distributor/producer/network Amazon determined to make the series available now for its own business reasons and considerations, and I am thankful and am not one to question that decision.
I highly doubt the actors contracts included a clause that they only get paid based upon viewership.
Agreed, and I didn’t say that.
what would a person obtaining a prime membership have to do with an actor getting paid?
Royalties on paid viewership of the show.
you have a reference on paid viewership pays more than unpaid? I can't see why it would matter, the residual system isn't really segregated by paid vs. public television so far as I can see.
No, I do not have direct access or knowledge of these contracts, but it is fairly common in most industries for the publisher/retailer to not pay royalties on versions/copies/viewings that they do not receive revenue for (considered a shared marketing expense).
Now, that is not to say that the show runners for TMMM didn't negotiate as part of their contract that Amazon must pay the full freight for all viewings (paid and promotional), but that would be unusual.
I will preface this by saying that I have a Prime sub. With that said, Amazon was nice enough to offer this series for free in hopes that more people will sign up for Prime as this is an example of the good shows they have. And I'm sure they will get some subs out of this. But, for some folks, it's just too expensive or whatever their reason is for not signing up. We get free previews of the Premium channels on DirecTV all the time. While I might watch or record a few movies, I've never been tempted to sign up for the channel, as I still have plenty to watch. Should I not be allowed to watch something they are giving me for free? (as an aside, I've always been surprised they let you record their content and have it available to watch way past the free weekend. I have movies saved from Showtime that I end up watching months later. But if this is allowed, why not take advantage of it?)
Why do you ask?