Posted by Charles on November 22, 1999 at 02:20:11:
In Reply to: How do they do it so easily? posted by RZetlin on November 20, 1999 at 19:37:14:
It's not so easy for them anymore. That's what I've been explaining all along.
Much of the early success of do it cheap type studios came from linking up with Asian animation studios. In the heyday of first-run syndication, bartering commercial time and deficit financing capabilities gave these studios a lot of lateral flexibility. One in particular made itself attractive to acquisition by a larger entertainment corporation that had the resources to cover production costs that network licensing fees couldn't cover. This made it possible for them to compete at the highest level.
Too much has changed since the days when the industry was ruled by these kind of operations. They made it hard for independent animators to play the game because they didn't want to see artists playing on the same field. Also, artists had no idea how to setup this kind of production. They were at a big disadvantage.
The current climate for independents is much improved. Technology has been making it possible to eliminate the pseudo-producer middle man from the equation and many artists are much wiser when it comes to structuring deals. That's one reason why these so-called studios are shrinking. They can't compete. Too much money from decreasing budgets has to go towards covering non-creative, executive management instead of production. The old system is failing and a new one is taking its place.
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