You hit the nail on the head in terms of Lucas and agents...I think agents are driving up the costs of Hollywood and reducing the shareholder value for media companies. It's also notable that Hollywood hasn't learned from deals like the one I highlighted as it learned from the Lucas arrangement. The director really doesn't take a risk because, flop or not, he is doing something he loves and still getting paid for it. I have no idea what small amount he took upfront in exchange for the percentage of profits, but even if it was half a million, a lot of talented folks would be up for that even without the profit participation. Time Warner on the other hand has way more to lose, so much in fact it is scared to go it alone (i.e., Legendary Pictures).
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