I guess States side is different. Here the minimum is 500, you can sell
by internet and as for the rest, Ms Leff has already done the digitizing
if I understand correctly. If she has the digital files then authoring
is a piece of cake for something simple. Michael could probably do it
for a reasonable cost. I have produced a few cd titles for my label and
it was very easy. DVD is not much harder. I could be wrong though.
Jack Theakston wrote:
> Unfortunately, it's not so easy. You have to consider the price of labwork/any restoration, telecine, stock/hard drives, authoring, packaging, server costs, shipping and storage, shelf space at B&Ms... not to mention all of the employees and overhead for all that stuff... all that to have your minimum pressing of 10,000 units sell 1,000 copies (if you're lucky) and then the rest dumped at a wholesaler for $3 a pop.
> Most people don't understand how not so easy it actually is.
> J. Theakston
> From: Shai Drori <[log in to unmask]>
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Sent: Thu, January 21, 2010 12:54:42 PM
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] A little off topic CBS benches Jack Benny
> Why don't they distribute themselves? With the internet it's so easy. They have the material already so it's just a matter of putting it on services like itunes or whatever. Making a DVD is just as easy. In not States side so I'm not familiar with the territory, but like the Bul Ives site that has all his recordings for slae. Those that like Jack benny would find them. A bit of press (Ms. Leff sounds like she know how to PR) and that's that.
> my 2c
> Michael Biel wrote:
>> There IS more to the story, but some of the things Stan Taffel's contact
>> at CBS told him were said out of self-admitted ignorance of the
>> situation. Last Sunday -- even before the web and press discussions
>> began -- I interviewed Laura Leff (a long time friend) on my regular
>> Sunday night (11:30PM Eastern) spot on YesterdayUSA.com about her
>> original message to her friends and members. Laura DID supervise the
>> transferring of NBC color programs at CBS because Laura paid for the
>> technical service of CBS to transfer the 2-inch quad tapes that are
>> owned by the Benny family. The Benny family owns the rights to those
>> NBC programs and fortunately had possession of the tapes. The Benny
>> family also owns the rights to the CBS films in questions and had sent
>> CBS written authorization for Laura to pay for the transfer of about 25
>> of the programs which CBS happened to have in its possession AFTER CBS
>> had given Laura the information that they had them and that they would
>> be available if she got the Benny family approval in writing -- which
>> she did. The family was and is enthusiastic about Laura's activities,
>> and her "fan club" is a 503C non-profit. She specifically asked CBS
>> during the year-long discussions on this if they would be acting faster
>> if she were a commercial operation instead of a non-profit, and they
>> said no. Laura and the family have also been trying to get a commercial
>> operation interested in distributing the programs like the Skelton and
>> Hope families have, but have not had any luck. If there is NOW a
>> company approaching CBS, they could have approached the Benny Family for
>> the past decade and gotten rights from them -- and that especially is
>> true for the color videotaped programs which fortunately are not
>> controlled by either NBC or CBS. Some of the comments on these message
>> boards approach libel.
>> Mike Biel [log in to unmask]
>> -------- Original Message --------
>> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] A little off topic CBS benches Jack Benny
>> From: "Richard L. Hess" <[log in to unmask]>
>> Date: Wed, January 20, 2010 7:08 pm
>> To: [log in to unmask]
>> Please see the thread about "The truth about Jack Benny Preservation"
>> http://lsv.uky.edu/scripts/wa.exe?A1=ind1001&L=amia-l#85 (but likely to change, I think.
>> It should always findable here:
>> http://lsv.uky.edu/scripts/wa.exe?A1=ind1001&L=amia-l )
>> There is more to this than Laura Leff makes it out to be.
>> There are other threads on the topic - look under "J" in the second
>> At 06:25 PM 2010-01-20, you wrote:
>> Richard L. Hess email: [log in to unmask]
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