In the 1990’s, Hollywood’s film industry went through an indie boom. Filmmakers including the likes of Kevin Smith, Steven Soderbergh, Quentin Tarantino and Paul Thomas Anderson found their voice and came out of the era with established careers all because they figured they were better off just making movies rather than waiting to be told they could. Thanks to this revolution, the world of Hollywood was handed a generation of young talent that was bursting at the seams with ideas, and based on current trends and evolving technology, it’s very possible we could be entering that very same kind of revolution for television.
As Forbes writer Dorothy Pomerantz recently put it, “TV is becoming more risk averse.” In an age where networks push as hard as they can to own the content they air in order to exploit it in more than just the single, Nielsen driven way, while no-name and third-party production companies continue signing big name actors to projects that don’t have an airing home, the medium of television is quickly becoming an unsustainable industry. However, as we saw during the 90s, there are new business models being created for television that could prove to be the medium’s saving grace in the not too distant future.
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