Caprica Season 2 kickstarter
Posted 08 April 2012 - 08:41 PM
A paradigm shift in financing and distribution is needed to save quality science fiction television such as Caprica.
Check this out. In a few days, a kickstarter for a scifi game, "Shadowrun Returns", passed it's one month funding goal of $400,000. Everyone who donates $15 gets a copy of the game when it's complete.
Kickstarter let's people donate money that is held in escrow and only kept if the goal is reached.
So how much would fans pay ahead of time to help produce a show they loved if they could download commercial-free episodes as they aired?
Would you pay a dollar or few per episode? I definitely would.
Posted 11 April 2012 - 06:10 AM
Posted 11 April 2012 - 07:55 AM
Theoretically, if everyone who signed the Caprica for Season 2 petition (currently 12,698) donated an average of $63 to having the show continue, Syfy would have $799,974 to work with.
Considering that Caprica episodes were rumored to cost around $2-$3 million each, the best we could hope for would be 1 episode considering the revenue from advertisers and subscribers.
I think fan contributions are best used for things like webisodes (kudos to Husbands), comic books or any other form of bonus material. Unfortunately, the best commodities for TV shows right now are viewers and word of mouth. Throw a lousy rating measurement system into the mix and we're left with the current state of TV.
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