"The Writers' Guild of America minimum for an hour-long teleplay is over $20,000; that sure beats many a playwriting commission, which can be less than half of that sum."
TheatreMania tells us more about the migration of playwrights to TV.
"Less than half"??? Try 10%! (if that)
- A Fox vice-president got her division behind her on the line: "I know where the best writers are. They're in New York and they're working Off-Broadway."
- "Getting notes like 'can you find a way to get the actresses naked this week?' can make you feel like you've sold your soul," says one dramatist.
- Catch Marsha Norman--head of Juilliard Playwriting Division by night, "Criminal Intent" writer by day--basically saying theatre is finished, on to TV.