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Nov 18 2008, 12:21 AM
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I have a feeling DAYS pays their actors really well. Like "almost too good to be true" - that must be how everyone continues to come back even after they're a) fired and b) treated like shit. How can Y&R operate on a lesser budget and produce the show it does? They use their vets CONSTANTLY too.
- Nov 17 2008, 08:43 PM
- Nov 17 2008, 08:34 PM
- Nov 17 2008, 08:23 PM
OK, regarding DAYS' budget. When DAYS was renewed in 2003, the budget was $1.7 million a week for production costs. However, the terms of the deal were renegotiated in 2006 and DAYS' budget was slashed to $1.3 million a week, so that can't be how much the show costs to produce per week now. I'm guessing it's now in the $900,000 - $1,000,000 range now - a HUGE blow for a show like DAYS.
It's once again 1.7-1.8 million a week per Variety's article last week.
That was my question too. Why did they let the show become bloated again just to fire people again.
It's unclear whether NBC also negotiated a reduced license fee for the show. The Peacock was most recently shelling out $1.7 million-$1.8 million a week for the show.
As part of the renewal it's understood that the show, led by exec producer Ken Corday, will be making some onscreen changes as well, including some cast shuffles.
Variety seems to not know how much NBC is now shelling out in licensing fees for DAYS. I think they took their information from the 2003 renewal. They did say NBC was "recently" shelling out the $1.7-$1.8 million figure, so I think the budget is MUCH less now.
It just doesn't make sense for the budget to be that high and all this financial chaos is happening at one time with this show.
Both Y&R and GH cost $1.3 million a week to produce, and they function much more smoothly, use a lot of their popular characters, and they look better produced than DAYS.
All I have to say is, someone at DAYS is SEVERELY mismanaging the show's budget. I bet Corday's accountants are playing his ass and pocketing some serious dough or something.
It's just hard to believe DAYS still costs $1.7 million a week to produce, while other soaps with slightly lesser budgets are doing a lot more and looking a lot better than DAYS.
I would be willing to get the budget is about 1 mill now, given this info and recent developments. I'm horrible at math, but does anyone know how big the DAYS cast is right now in comparison to Y&R's?