“…Delay? Renumeration? Difference of opinion? Who knows. The nature of business is negotiation, that’s the whole point of why contracts require signing. On the other hand, great artists may be lousy businessmen, or negotiators, etc etc etc — There are always tons of different things to factor in.”
….comment by A Muppet Fan since 70s on August 1, 2017 at 9:16 PM.
I like your post, everyone should read it if they have not already. I really appreciate your perspective.
I think in these days and times everybody thinks everything is about deals that fall apart over money. What you need to know is that my fees were based upon a day rate, and were the same in 2015 as they were for twelve years before we were at Disney. Also we continued to use the Henson boilerplate agreement as the basic contract with Disney for hundreds of projects of every shape and size.
The point of staying consistent with fees and paperwork was so that all involved could be nimble in meeting the often overwhelming demand for Kermit with no surprises for anyone. Making deals with me is simple. We all know the terms because they’re the ones we used last week and for years before.
All we need to do is plug in the name of the project, slap on the proper union agreement required by SAG-AFTRA, and we’re good to go….if I have a negotiating style, that’s how simplistic it is.
This approach was supported by Debbie who is responsible for putting together budget proposals for projects, and far from being cited as a problem, it was a huge help for everyone. What it leaves no room for is regression of deal points. In other words, if a new executive decides to overturn the apple cart by changing the deal or taking away items with a long standing precedent in place, it presents an unnecessary impediment to getting the work done.
In a case like that I would, naturally, negotiate for terms to remain consistent. I don’t believe that to be unacceptable conduct in doing business.