Driving A Competitive Environment
On a weekly basis I take this opportunity andlook at some of the main contributing factors that help or potentially break our film and TV industry.
Today I want to level up and address one of these key major obstacles, and I’ve already said a thing or two in the previous publication and that is the problem of “the ring leaders”. These are executive producers (EPs), and major decision makers in big institutions, (production houses, broadcast & funding houses) that possess a flawed interest in the development of this industry.
These individuals as we may very know have superior powers and I always argue strongly against this, especially EP’s who are not in the industry for the better of it. Having a production house and producing one or two series is not enough even though it keeps food on the table. We need people who are devoted and undoubtedly passionate about the development of this industry instead of gate keepers and employees who are just in their position to do their “jobs”.
Let me put in in a different context; a business founder like Colonel Sanders will hide the secret recipe he uses to make a KFC Street Wise Two since they will use to generate their products right?
What EP’s do is safeguard that ‘recipe’ like Colonel, from young potential producers like me and you. In this way, they are able to dominate if not monopolize the industry, shows come in and go — produced by same people over and over again and we wonder and ask: why is the industry is stagnant?
To the very extreme, producers don’t mentor other ‘potential producers’ — unless you are putting tangible TV series — something on the table, or if you are a high born, related to them in some way. This is according to my views.
“The Protégé Effect” simply does not exist and no one is looking out for anybody, especially if you are a potential — you’re so much of a threat, as to what I do not know to this day.
Broadcasters too play foul here that they don’t easily give young producers who are coming in a chance, or have structure that supports such — simply put; young producers are not given a chance to build their own work somehow. If it is happening, I don’t know of it and I might be wrong.
Mind you, we are still put in the work but hustling on your own without recognition drags the ‘process’ of being recognized longer, as opposed to showing someone who gives you the ropes.
But then, in the mist of it all, how do we do this? Building a sustainable industry that breeds creativity when broadcasters say you need to be a senior to get access to their budgets and when big time producers keep their office doors locked?
What producers and broadcasters are doing speaks to competition or here in the lack there of.
That’s the issue. Both parties here are killing, instead of breeding a competitive environment.
One producer can produce a series and follow up with another simply because he is known for that and not that he has a good product on paper. Lack of competition or a competitive platform between producers (lets blame broadcasters) is a serious problem. Broadcasters pick and choose between big time producers. Delivery capacity matters as much than anything so there is always a high chance that you, the young producer may not being selected.
Better safe than sorry.
Which means as a junior or an “upcoming” producer, writer developer you are screwed — oh, if you’re not even known or know someone who is well established to vouch for you, it’s over for you.
What needs to be done?
There must always be a room for new comers, and this must be strategically placed with that intention.
I can’t see how a new comer can go up against people who own big studios and have been industry for far too long. And if you have a good product on paper, your production capacity and experience will be questioned, to which will work against you.
On the other hand, the big time producers easily have it all since they have ticked all the right boxes.
The problem you can see is not that we don’t have a talent. The problem is the lack of “thinking’ in terms of developing an industry”. This translate to lack of structures that breeds a high creative workforce that can challenge mainstream producers. Or maybe hey, the reason for lack of this; “thinking in terms of developing a competitive industry” is there for a reason: to gate keep potential party crushers and new kids on the blog at bay.
High walls and fences have been built so that young do not interfere with what’s going on in the world of big time producers and broadcasters.