Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 5/18/14

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are
by munchman

  • Andrew Chambliss (ONCE UPON A TIME) has a new overall deal with ABC studios, where he’ll continue writing-producing ONCE and develop new projects as well. (Congrats, Andrew. Although just between you and the munchy one, your talent is horribly wasted on that show. Hope you get to develop shows with style and substance soon!)
  • Spike Lee (Remember him?) is writing the pilot for a Showtime adaptation of his 1986 feature film classic, SHE’S GOTTA HAVE IT. (And this one really intrigues me cuz, well, the Spiker doesn’t seem to at all be the same writer-director now that he was then. A whole different attitude, y’know? So will he recapture the magic? Or continue coming off as kinda dickish? I’m looking forward to finding out.)
  • Rich Blumquist (THE DAILY SHOW) has a new overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV, where he’ll do the usual new project development thing. (Which I think is a shame cuz this guy is so damn funny we should be seeing the results of his crazed brainstem activity every day on a show that’s already on the air, like we used to. C’mon, Rich, entertain us before the powers that be decide you’re no longer hot.)
  • Ian Roberts & Jay Martel (KEY AND PEELE) are the showrunners of TV Land’s new TEACHERS, a comedy about a couple of nutcases who involve their students in various selfish personal shananigans. (In other words, this show has the potential of being the most accurate depiction of  Yer Friendly Neighborhood Munchman’s high school years ever – provided it actually gets on the air. Here’s hopin’.)

Why Spike Lee’s Kickstarter campaign is not the success you think it is

What? You didn’t think Spike Lee’s Kickstarter campaign was a success? You didn’t even know he had one.

Sheesh! Get with the program, kids. How else are you/we ever gonna be taken seriously as, you know, being in the biz?

Luckily for all concerned, The Bitter Script Reader’s been keeping his eye out for all of us:

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by The Bitter Script Reader

Spike Lee’s Kickstarter campaign ended this morning with him topping out at over $1.4 million dollars in donations.  He’s the third-highest film campaign in history after Veronica Mars ($5.7M) and Zach Braff’sWish I Was Here ($3.1M).  After Veronica Mars walked away with its windfall, there was no shortage of editorials proclaiming that this could be the start of a trend – for good and for ill.  Some hoped it would bring independent filmmakers more opportunities, while others feared that studios and the privileged would take advantage of their supporters by getting them to essentially pay for the movie.  So does Spike Lee’s success confirm any of that?

No.  In fact, I’d submit that when you stack up the number’s on Lee’s Kickstarter against Veronica Mars and Braff’s, you’ll find it hard to declare it a genuine success.

The website Mars Investigations has done a fantastic job of breaking down the numbers for all of the high-profile Kickstarters.  If you have any interest at all in crowdsourcing, you owe it to yourself to look at their charts.

First, let’s consider the average donation to the Kickstarters.  Veronica Mars had 91,585 donors and a total of over $5.7 M, which makes their average donation $62.36.  Even though Braff raised less, $3.1 M, his average donation was pretty close – $66.76.  Spike Lee’s average donation? $220.98

If you look at the “Pledges” chart, you see that Veronica Mars (36%) and Braff (40%) got a sizable number of their donations from the range of $100-$499.  Lee’s donations at that level come out to only 9.1%.  So what’s going on here?

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