Digital networks, or diginets as they’re increasingly referred to in the media, that specialize in classic television may soon be able to afford to purchase short-lived TV shows. The New York Times reported on Monday that a new agreement has been reached between the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers and three Hollywood guilds: the Directors Guild of America, the Writers Guild of America, and the recently combined Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Television and Radio Artists regarding residual fees paid for TV shows licensed to cable or
Under the new agreement, residuals will be paid on a percentage basis. According to the article, the previous fixed-fee licensing structure reportedly made it too expensive for cable channels or diginets to acquire even recent programs, let alone ones decades old. However, all of shows mentioned in the article — Gilligan’s Island, The Love Boat, Charlie’s Angels and The Flying Nun — are currently airing on one of the classic TV diginets, so they obviously weren’t too expensive to license.
The article directly references short-lived shows, calling them “broken shows, or series that are canceled after a few dozen episodes,” suggesting that under the new agreement they will be much more affordable. It’s too soon to say what impact this will have on diginets like Me-TV, Cozi TV or Antenna TV. TV Land once aired a wide variety of short-lived and less popular TV shows from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. Perhaps
Earlier today, Antenna TV announced that it will be adding 11 new shows to its schedule in 2015, including popular favorites like Mork & Mindy and Leave It To Beaver, as well as Dear John, Evening Shade and Small Wonder. Could some or all of them have been licensed under the new deal?