TV studios often pack their production schedules to the brim, using the old tadpole theory of evolution--make a lot of them and hope a few survive. However, creating tadpoles is relatively inexpensive--a few ribbits, some amphibious flirting, and a kinky Heimlich maneuver. Television shows, on the other hand, can run into the millions of dollars to produce.
With costs of shows skyrocketing, ratings in decline, and Internet television on the horizon, studios are tapping their noggins to come up with new, cost-effective ways to fill their schedules with shows people will watch.
Last week, NBC tackled this quandary by signing a unique deal to give an outside producer a block of prime-time programming, reports The New York Times. The deal will see two hours of NBC's prime-time programming filled by shows from producer Thom Beers, the ...Read more