• Scriptnotes, Ep 253: Television Economics for Dummies — Transcript https://johnaugust.com/2016/scriptnotes-ep-253-television-economics-for-dummies-transcript

    …e. Like you’re into upfronts and they’re still trying to hammer out this deal. Jonathan: Absolutely. It happens really late and it’s the last piece of leverage that the networks have in negotiating with the studios. And the studios then have to decide whether they want to do it or not and whether it’s worth it to them to take on a co-producer. But, you know, all the studios are interacting with each other so well….

  • Scriptnotes, Ep. 27, Let’s run a studio! — Transcript https://johnaugust.com/2012/scriptnotes-ep-27-lets-run-a-studio-transcript

    …another link in the show notes, Asymco, which is a website that does statistics on things, took a look at maybe 50 years of studio data. And they looked at all of the studios’ outputs, and you realize that the top five studios have been the top five studios basically for the last 50 years. Craig: That’s right. John: And they have traded one and two for top position, occasionally, but it has basically been the same people running…

  • Scriptnotes Ep. 11: How movie money works — Transcript https://johnaugust.com/2011/scriptnotes-ep-11-how-movie-money-works-transcript

    …that box office is really a function of how many tickets were sold and at what prices. That’s the public figure that’s actually ever disclosed for a given movie. Privately, that’s not what really matters to studios. Studios are looking at what is called film rentals, which is, “How much of the money from the theaters is coming back to their pockets?” Craig: Right. John: That’s what is letting them know which…

  • Scriptnotes, Ep 98: Long movies, producer credits and price-fixing — Transcript https://johnaugust.com/2013/scriptnotes-ep-98-long-movies-producer-credits-and-price-fixing-transcript

    …o to set the price. And it’s conceivable that someone like an Amazon could come in and say, “Okay, we’ll buy your movie from the studio for $2 a copy, but we’re going to sell it for $1.” And the studios would not be delighted by that, at all. Craig: No. I think for awhile the studios were talking about a joint venture where they would have some sort of collective Netflix service that they would own and control….

  • Scriptnotes, Ep 48: Craig dreams of sushi — Transcript https://johnaugust.com/2012/scriptnotes-ep-48-craig-dreams-of-sushi-transcript

    …d like you, I helped them sort of phrase the questions and come up with the structure. Just running down the numbers really quickly, free rewrites is basically at disaster level. You’re looking at nearly 90% at smaller studios, major studios 86%. That’s approaching universal. Sweepstakes pitching and bake-offs where you have to compete with god knows how many other writers to get a job, maybe. And maybe somebody gets them, maybe they…

  • Scriptnotes, Ep 206: Everything but the dialogue — Transcript https://johnaugust.com/2015/scriptnotes-ep-206-everything-but-the-dialogue-transcript

    …okay. It’s a weird thing. I’ve always felt that the nature of the exhibition arrangement is one of the reasons why you see this remarkable permanency in Hollywood studio corporate history. You have these big five studios and they’ve always been the big five studios and they pretty much always will be because they’re the ones that have the libraries and the negotiation clout with the exhibitors. John: Yeah. It’s one…