Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Comcast Takes Over Universal Studios and SyFy Channel
Universal Studios and SyFy Channel have a new corporate parent. Cable giant Comcast took over both incompetently managed entities yesterday. No doubt Comcast doesn't know yet the multitude of problems caused by Universal Studios and SyFy Channel they just inherited....And the brain dead management in Universal Studios and SyFy Channel they now have on their payroll. Comcast's only course of action is major house cleaning at both of their new subsidiaries in order to bring both Universal Studios and SyFy Channel into alignment with the rather radical notion of actually making money instead of doing endless, profit siphoning favors for Ronald D. Moore and his stupid ass programming ideas with the "Battlestar Galactica" brand name. This is just the tip of the iceberg as to what Comcast is facing with Universal Studios and SyFy Channel.
Universal Studios TV-DVD manufacturing wing is an absolute mess, all too frequently releasing seasons of classic television series (such as "Emergency!" starring Kevin Tighe and Randolph Mantooth) on DVD without bothering to digitally clean up the episodes beforehand. Season four of "Emergency!" in particular, looks like crappy ass UHF recordings off of an archaic 1979 era television set with rabbit ears, transferred to DVD. And then there is the issue of Universal Studios releasing only one season of a truly great series ("Dream On" starring Brian Benben), and not going any further in releasing the rest of the series.
Then there is the issue of the SyFyChannel's overall crappy ass schedule in general, highlighted by their stupid ass monster of the week type movies.
When justifiably criticizing Universal Studios and SyFy Channel, their unprecedented mismanagement of the "Battlestar Galactica" copyright can't be avoided. It is truly staggering and disgusting in scope. That the best they have ever had to offer is the crappy ass nonsense endlessly cranked out by Ronald D. Moore and his hoodlum entourage of fellow producers and scriptwriters.
Whether or not Comcast begins taking out the trash at Universal Studios and SyFy Channel is anyone's guess. They certainly have every justifiable, objective business related reason to do so. (It's only business, so its nothing personal if Bonnie Hammer, David Howe, and Mark Stern were to get shit-canned....as in....ordered to clean out their offices and vacate the premises.)
Posted by Languatron at 9:01 AM