Posted by Mako on October 17, 1999 at 09:39:14:
In Reply to: Re: American Animators: Your Tax Dollars at Work Putting You Out of Work posted by Eek on October 16, 1999 at 20:57:45:
the point is...is that PBS is a (US) public owned and operated organization. they constantly remind
their viewers about that. were any US studios invited to bid on that contract? probably not.
do you have any documention that you can share with us 'mr/ms Eek' concerning previous contracts
awarded to Nelvana that come close to the figures
of this contract?
concerning your statement that 'only a few board
artists, designers, and shareholders will benefit' (paraphrased),that deserves a response. despite the fact that animation will happen overseas, 40 million is not a small chunk of change. maybe to you, but that could keep a studio
like Nelvana running for at least a couple of years. your thinking is askew my friend, to suggest that only a small number will benefit from a contract such as this.
PBS shareholders are the american public, at least
that is what 'publicly owned' would imply. how many canadians contribute to those shows? and how much funding does the canadian government contribute to PBS? the point is Eek, that this example is a crystal clear indication of how topsy
turvy the current economically imbalanced situation is for US studios that are trying to compete for contracts that they ought to have a
fair shot at. that's all. is that a fair assessment?
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