HBO is Notoriously Cheap.

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  1. Beths Arab

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    Who is Wiggy to call HBO cheap?

    I mean it's hardly an insult coming from the guy that brought you Shuli,The Wrap Up Show,Abe Whats His Name,Blaek on Blaek etc etc but just when i think Stern is the biggest hypocrite on the planet he always does himself one better!

    I dont recall seeing many Fresh Balls commercials on HBO either.
     
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    Howard is an Obama kinda guy.....he hires minorities and spreads the wealth to enrich the company..... :uscratch:
     
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    There is a difference between cheap and leverage. HBO has leverage. These producers want to get their shows on tv so they can are willing to give up money to get their shows produced. It hasn't hurt HBO's product with Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, Sex in the City, etc etc.

    Howard, on the other hand, won't even attempt to hire good talent. He simply employs interns that were working for free and pays them a few bucks so they have some gratitude. He'd rather pay them $100k then get top talent for $200k. That's cheap.
     
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    I'll defend Howard on this one.

    HBO has some terrific series and documentaries in which they pay thier actors very little money. They often get away with this because the people involved like the creative freedom.

    Howard doesn't have anyone worth paying shit. The difference is that unlike HBO, allure of being on Stern's channels these days is non existant. Things could have been much differernt. In 2006 when Bubba, Ferrell, Miserable Men, Jay Thomas, Bitter Half ect debuted it seemed like it was the beginning of something great that would continue to grow. Little did we know it was all down hill from there.

    Now anyone who may have fit in on the Stern channels instead does their own podcasts
     
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    Howard wouldn't open his mouth about a potential future employer unless they ruled that possibility out already. i bet he pitched them an idea and they agreed on everything except they couldn't agree on the price so the project didn't move forward, and HBO went with another personality willing to work for less.
     
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    yeah, the actors from True Blood (an HBO show) have said pretty much the same.

    I suspect it's true from all non-network shows (not just the pay channels -- AMC has the same problem).

    The major networks are owned by ridiculously wealthy corporations (Comcast, Disney and Universal).

    From freepress.net:
    CBS:
    NBC (owned by Comcast):
    ABC (owned by Disney):
     
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    Supposedly the FCC head is mulling relaxing restrictions on the amount of media one owner can control on the local level. Something like one company can own the only ISP, newspapers, 2 TV and 8 radio stations. Metro areas with populations in the few hundred thousand range would become media fiefdoms.
     
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    The FCC has been a failure since it allowed Rupert Murdoch to (continue to) own a radio station, a newspaper and a television station.

    Now, it's the same thing on steroids. Monopoly, monopoly, monopoly. All over the god damned place.
     
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    Wiggy spend his money keeping his secrets. Money for the wig maker, the bowling ally repairman, the young hispanic boys he gets double anal from, ect.
     
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    Wigward could complain, if HBO had one show and used that cast in 20 others shows with no additional compensation...:oy2:
     
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    I think I saw that dude in one of the Star Trek movies as the president of the Federation.
     
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    the money spent on whitewashing beth's past, cleaning up nasty things about beth from google search could have fed a third world country. the zoo za zoo google clean up cost peanuts by comparison.
     
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    Does Howard realize he is notoriously cheap or is he in denial?
     
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    How dare he hire blacks. Doesn't he know he is supposed to hire whites only?
     
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    dude thats the pastor of Obamas church
     
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    This, he's been preaching the "HBO is cheap" mantra for a few years now, for him to be that consistent about it something personal had to go down.
     
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    HBO is "cheap" to no-name actors and signs them to long-term contracts. Regular networks do that, too. You have seen that happen on everything from "Lost" to the old "Beverly Hills 90210"/"Melrose Place" shows. I'm sure nobody on "Girls" on HBO makes a lot of money.

    But HBO pays seriously big bucks when they need to. Shandling for "Larry Sanders". Gandolfini for "The Sopranos". Larry David for "Curb". They actually throw some serious money around at that network. The creators of their staple shows over the years made a fortune.
     
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    It's not really apples to apples, Stern has turned H100 into something just this side of cable access because he doesn't have the creativity or long term vision to create something sustainable other than his own show (at least at one time). I almost think he's more lazy than cheap, but they may go hand in hand.

    At least, HBO has some artistic merit with their strategy as cheap as it may be.
     
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    Howard wanted Adam Carolla to work for FREE.........nuff said.