Friday, March 23, 2007

One Angry TV Producer

Barney Rosenzweig, producer of Cagney and Lacey (a show I have to admit I'm not very familiar with), spent two years trying to get his show on DVD... only to find that, after the DVD set had been announced, it had to be pulled because the copyright owners hadn't negotiated the music rights.

This was announced on his blog and then on TV Shows on DVD, and that same day, everything was worked out:

Back to the Internet. Your response was instantaneous. Within a half hour of the posting on the East Coast, the intercom lines between MGM and FOX were already buzzing on the West Coast. Columnists on the Internet and at various major papers, including my own Miami Herald, dropped everything to jump onto what was a pretty interesting story of a pissed off producer and some clumsy handling of interior PR by a couple of major corporations.

Proving that the Internet is a great organizing tool for those of us who collect old television shows. For the other stuff, like saving the world and so on, maybe not, but the television shows thing -- we're organized.

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