Sense Of Entitlement? TV Show Creator Wants A Cut Of Hulu IPO Proceeds
from the did-you-invest? dept
AdamR points us to yet another sickening example of the serious sense of entitlement held by entertainment industry execs. Steven Levitan, a Hollywood producer of various TV shows is apparently pissed off that Hulu might be going public. He apparently complained on Twitter about how unfair it was that the makers of the shows wouldn’t get a cut of any IPO proceeds:
“Some estimate Hulu IPO could bring in $2 billion. What do the content providers get? Zero. What is Hulu without content? An empty jukebox”
Yes, and where are those TV shows without Hulu? Most of them are shared online via unauthorized means where the content providers get nothing. When they’re on Hulu, at least they do make money. Hulu is going public because of the service it provides, not because of the content. If it does well in the IPO, then it has more money to invest in the service which, in theory (if they don’t muck it up — and there are signs that they are very much mucking it up), should help the content providers make more money. To claim that they shouldn’t go public without giving some of those proceeds to the content providers is totally missing the point, and shows a fundamental misunderstanding of how technology and capital markets work (from a Hollywood producer? what a shock…).
But, really, this is yet another example of the entitlement mentality. Yes, the content producers made the content. That’s great. But they didn’t build Hulu. They didn’t invest in Hulu. They didn’t pay the bandwidth costs or develop the interface. They didn’t pay the salaries or negotiate the licensing agreements. Yet now they just want money handed to them… even though the company already does, in fact, pay content providers for the content that it licenses? Pure entitlement. Levitan is asking for money he doesn’t deserve. Anyway, if he really wants to feel better, he should be happy to note that Wall Street doesn’t think much of the IPO idea.