Think we’ve got a lot of names above our titles?
Last week, Mark Gordon and Hawk Koch, the Presidents of The Producers Guild (the Hollywood version of The Broadway League), called the 40+ names of Producers on The Butler “embarrassing for everyone within our community.”
A little harsh, wouldn’t you say, Mark and Hawk?
In their defense, they did go on to say that they understood why it happens in today’s “economic climate” (I would pay a lot of money to have that phrase removed from the current vernacular).
You can read a full report on this story here.
This discussion has officially bored me.
Here’s the bottom line:
Do I think it is aesthetically and logistically simpler to have just a handful or heaven forbid, just one name above a title?
But if that means that certain projects . . . like The Butler, which is a story that needs to be told, or Spring Awakening, which challenged our audiences with what type of stories could be musicalized, happens as opposed to not happens, then who the eff cares how many names are above a title? And putting the art aside for a moment, think about the jobs are created when any project gets done.
We’re artists. And entrepreneurs.
And the best ones make their projects happen. By any names necessary.
Congratulations to all the Producers on The Butler.
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