The Lockout Thread UPD 1/6 - framework of new CBA agreed to
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10-05-2012, 04:12 PM
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Our firm does some representation of Disney talent and I agree. Disney is terrible in some respects. We represent a few sports media personalities too, though I don't know enough to really comment.
ESPN is extremely selective on which talents it does and doesn't treat well. The MNF crew is treated and paid amazing, but others aren't. Why would Gruden go back to coaching? He gets paid better and works less hours. Goes with the politics of the business, like with all businesses.
I won't judge Disney/ESPN too harshly as I'm sure those wronged by ESPN/Disney might exaggerate a little. In the end, it's just business, and I've accepted it as a norm. If both companies were so terrible to work for, they'll bleed talent. They haven't lost anyone irreplaceable yet, so we'll see.
I will say though, anyone that's close to cutting a major deal with ESPN has probably made a deal with the devil a long time ago.
Like I've said it's just business, can't take things too personally either way.
What got me with Disney is that they used to go after "new" talent for their movies. Studio contract for five years or more at less than market to break in (50s and 60s). If the actor was successful they were stuck with the exclusivity and could usually expect to be used less. it was great in that they got a lot of new names and gave people a chance who would not have got the chance otherwise. But the scale and exclusivity was very extreme. They were actually splurging* grabbing mid-level names for lead roles on one-off deals. They were also fairly predatory in their dealings with cartoonists, pretty much sweatshop type.
Edit: By splurging I mean market level contracts, not huge megastar deals.
I knew a few that worked for different companies and by treatment, I saw few that just dropped their contracts rather than continue with Disney and went into other professions. I didn't see that drop out rate with other companies.
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