Studios Unlock Trove of TV Reruns

By Barnes, Brooks | International New York Times, August 27, 2014 | Go to article overview

Studios Unlock Trove of TV Reruns


Barnes, Brooks, International New York Times


Thousands of hours of shows are becoming available after new residual agreements between studios and Hollywood's three largest guilds.

Thousands of hours of television programming are becoming available to rerun on digital networks and cable channels after new residual agreements between studios and Hollywood's three largest guilds.

The shows now freed from "residual gridlock" include old broadcast series like "Charlie's Angels" and "The Flying Nun" and newer made-for-cable programs like "Breaking Bad" and "Sons of Anarchy," according to John Weiser, president of United States distribution for Sony Pictures Television.

"When you add up all the extra money guilds and their members will make and the benefit to studios and to the acquiring networks, this is an important business breakthrough," Mr. Weiser said in a telephone interview on Monday. "The guilds were open to it because they fully understand how the TV landscape is evolving," he added. "They also know there are fans who want to see this material."

Mr. Weiser presented the residuals changes to the three organizations on behalf of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. The guilds are the Directors Guild of America, the Writers Guild of America and SAG-Aftra, which represents actors and other broadcast workers. The last of those three organizations, the Screen Actors Guild -- American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, approved the changes Friday as part of a three-year contract. …

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