As shows get older, above-the-line costs
He added that this is not good for any business, particularly networks which are spending more in above-the-line costs
, such as making expensive commitments to multiple episodes or high-priced development deals.
This applies to both local and foreign film and TV productions spending a minimum of $500,000 on qualified production expenditure such as equipment, services and labor as well as the above-the-line costs
The above-the-line costs
are increasingly difficult to manage.
In most productions, the below-the-line cost is not the problem; it's the above-the-line costs
that are way out of whack and there's going to have to be an adjustment in what people are getting paid.
That means a strong downward pressure on above-the-line costs
and the sort of inventive talent deals that allowed Affinity Intl.
According to Stacey Valenza, senior vp of Hearst Entertainment Distribution, the down side of making a MOW into a home video release "is that shooting those extra scenes costs a lot of money because it can significantly up the above-the-line costs
as actors insist on being paid more.
He specifically criticizes programs that include producer's above-the-line costs
, effectively subsidizing what are already multimillion-dollar wages for name actors.
Budgets are shrinking in all areas--visual effects, postproduction, above-the-line costs
, production days," Gordon says.
CEOs have long lamented the big hike in above-the-line costs
that began in the 1980s and accelerated in the go-go '90s.
But the states trying to lure film shoots with tax incentives that can reach 40% of above-the-line costs
will likely take a hit compared with the local soundstage option.
can only be reimbursed if the individual is paying tax in Hungary.