October 5, 2011

OCCUPY HOLLYWOOD & VINE! Reader Paul Schauder writes:

In this month’s Vanity Fair, Johnny Depp admits he’s overpaid. Roughly $300 MM from the Pirates series.

Coincidentally there’s a lawsuit being filed against a studio by unpaid interns for exploitation and breach of contract I think.

Anyway, maybe this is a good time to create a law stating that no-one involved with the making of a movie can make more than 10x the lowest person’s salary.

And that all participants must have an equal share of profits.

Maybe we should Occupy Hollywood and Vine.

I like it. Somebody needs to come up with a “worker-friendly” labor law reform package for the motion picture industry, and attach it to everything. It can go along with my list of Hollywood-related revenue-enhancement measures.

UPDATE: Reader Martin Kunert writes: “Big difference: Hollywood never asked for a bail-out.” My response: Yes they did — in the form of the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act and the DMCA. His reply: “That is true.”