As posted here:
Online television is creating new opportunities for the makers of television programs, creating new competition for broadcast networks and other content providers. Among the latest is Amazon Studios, the program development division of Amazon.com, which has announced that it is expanding into episodic comedies and children’s shows for prime time.
Independent TV writers and producers have been invited to upload series proposals that will be reviewed by the Amazon Studios team and, potentially, added to the company’s development slate. The best series will be distributed online via Amazon Instant Video.
Is this an actual threat? At the figures mentioned in the above article, the budgets surely are non-union all the way — not just actors, but everyone involved in a production. The buzz we’ve seen in the writer/director/producer community suggests that most consider Amazon’s terms pretty awful.
But this is something all the creative guilds must keep an eye on.