Originally Posted by Mac The Knife
If you asked the content providers, I think they'd say that the film and record industry has a very long history of making certain that every production makes as little "profit" as possible by grossly overpaying sweetheart companies for services which then give them under-the-table kickbacks. Thus screwing anyone that is naive enough to agree to a percentage based deal.
Personally, I have a hard time criticizing any muscian demanding non-percentage based royalties when dealing with fat cats like Dick Clark Productions and especially when dealing with companies that have a reputation for screwing people out of royalties. It's a sad situation, but the production companies have no one to blame but themselves for it.
Sadly, I'm familiar with such stories... I've seen a movie or two, along the way, about this sort of thing -- primarily in the movie business... Movies where someone was promised a huge percentage of, say, NET profits, and the "fatcats" MADE SURE "NET" profits came to ZERO or even a NEGATIVE number, even though GROSS profits may have been THROUGH THE ROOF.
There could still be ways around that sort of thing, however. ASCAP/BMI, et al, could set up some sort of ombudsman that ensures EVERYONE gets a "fair share" of the GROSS PROFITS based on whatever deals are worked out, and the only way nobody would get paid would be if there weren't enough sales to cover the actual costs of PRODUCING the DVD/BDs, themselves. THOSE costs (editing "best of" clips together -- no sense to show every dance from every season, probably, producing a master, pressing, packaging, delivery to Amazon, Best Buy, etc.) can EASILY be monitored and accounted for.
I just either see no DESIRE on the part of DC Productions, et al to do this, or else they've "run the numbers" and don't think they would ever sell enough to make it a worthwhile venture (i.e. if they DID work out a "fair share" deal with all the composers/performers/labels and could still price the discs at a normal DVD/BD price, they'd never really sell enough to make any REAL money).
Most of US obviously disagree, but then LOOK where we are, lol -- and LOOK at how FEW of us there are in here in any given season (of course there are many other SYTYCD forums online, including on at FOX.com -- talk about rabid, CRAZY teen fans! I was THERE near the end of Season 4, before I found THIS forum -- ACK!!!).
Even on the tour they made changes in just a couple years I found depressing and disturbing. Season 4 tour -- they had an 8x10 for EVERY SINGLE dancer on the tour -- even the ALTERNATES I didn't know would BE there, like Chelsie Trail... Season 7? Only the Final 3 had 8x10 photos -- other than that, there was a "group" photo. And by the time I got up to the table, the only 8x10s left were of Robert, I think (well, I DID wait until AFTER the show -- wait's TOO LONG before and during intermission). But considering there WAS NO TOUR for Season 6, I felt it was downright disgraceful they didn't AT LEAST have pics of Russell and Kathryn to go with the Top 3 from Season 7!
Who knows? Maybe things were different in other cities. I can speak only for Charlotte. Also, as to DVD/BD, it's POSSIBLE that after enough seasons have passed and there's enough material -- and enough of it with artists/composers/labels who aren't too GREEDY -- that they MAY compile some sort of DVD/BD with "Best Ofs" that maybe aren't ALL "the best," but are all "the best" they could afford to put on video, lol.
Or maybe Dick Clark will finally FREEZE OUTRIGHT on New Year's Eve (anyone listen to him TALK the last couple of New Year's Eve's??? Sounds like he's gonna freeze up any moment... Man needed to know when to BOW OUT -- that stroke hit him HARD!). Anyway, maybe when Dick Clark Productions comes under new management/ownership some things will change (although I'm certainly not holding my breath for that, either).
Or, perhaps some of the folks like us who really enjoy the show, but have no scruples, will actually start making PIRATE videos from recordings they've made from TV and sell ENOUGH of them to both become A THREAT to DC Productions/Fox AND prove to them there IS a viable market for such a thing? I'm not encouraging such an illegal action, and anyone who does it should go to jail. But if it happens, and the end result is high-quality videos the rest of us can buy, that might be a good thing.