By Ray Pride Pride@moviecitynews.com

“As the networks, including Netflix, have to start writing the checks for their nine-figure whiz kids, is there going to be any money left to produce these shows at a professional standard? Somehow or other, if basic math disappears when it comes to decisions about much money we should hand to the geniuses at the top, it has a way of reasserting itself when it comes to questions of gaffers’ overtime. A koan for the entertainment industry: How cool is cool when cool wins a bidding war for $100 million?”

“As the networks have to start writing the checks for their nine-figure whiz kids, is there going to be any money left to produce these shows at a professional standard?  Somehow or other, if basic math disappears when it comes to decisions about much money we should hand to the geniuses at the top, it has a way of reasserting itself when it comes to questions of gaffers’ overtime. A koan for the entertainment industry: How cool is cool when cool wins a bidding war for $100 million?”

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