Cancellation of MWC
Posted: Wed Mar 07, 2007 3:36 pm
I heard for a few times now that FOX acted very shamefully in the cancellation of MWC. Can anyone explain what actually happend?
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At that time 1,5$ have been very much email@example.com wrote:I just read, that FOX stated that 1,5 Million $ for 9 Million Viewers was too expensive. I think it's pretty cheap compared to some shows made today. Like on Friends, every one of the 6 main characters got 1 Million $ per episode. That's 6 Million $ for the cast alone. MWC costing 1,5 altogether really doesn't seem that much.
The DVD release of older shows has sometimes (less & less though) nothing to do with the Network that aired it, because the didn't produce it themselves. Since FOX was a pretty new Network back then they didn't produce too much themselves to cut down on the risk. They paid companies to produce most of their programming. MWC for example was produced by ELP Communications and distributed by Sony Pictures - Television. That might be another reason that they cancelled it, now that I think of it, because they pay 1,5 Million $ just for the right(s) to air it on their Network, but ELP & Sony are the ones that now make money of the DVD release and all foreign releases. That's why nowadays most Networks do a lot of their shows themselves, to cash in on the DVD Sales (That has become a vital factor but was of course non existent back in 97), and like I said all the foreign releases. Nowadays or better yet, for some time now, FOX tries to do as much as they can themselves. Like 24, Simpsons (That show was one of the earliest shows produced by FOX for their own Network back in '89), The X-Files and so on. But with MWC they could only make money with advertising during the station breaks. Even if they produced it themselves, I don't think they would have done it longer because in '97 the DVD Business just started in the US and was nowhere in Europe. (I know because I had a company that imported DVD's and Lasers back then). So they would have also quit. Maybe they would have released it sooner if they owned the rights, but I even doubt that, becauseyou check 'The Simpsons', the Show is now in Season 18 and they just released it up till Season 9.Dr. Trumaine wrote:I wouldn't give them too much credit. Its taken them 3 1/2 years to get half of the series out on DVD in the U.S.