The Business of ‘Glee’
How Tv’s hottest show (Sorry, “Idol”!) is rewriting the rules on how to make money (lots of it) as execs navigate the tricky waters of cast salaries, cranky musicians and shows that are sometimes just too sexy.
The note was practically a high “A-sharp”; the cacophony of voices blended perfectly to form an instantly recognizable tone, striking the right balance of volume and shrill while conveying contagious enthusiasm. There were big smiles, hearty applause and a collective pat on the back. Only this chorus wasn’t singing on the set of Glee; it was 16 cheering department heads seated around a conference table at the Los Angeles offices of 20th Century Fox Television, the studio that produces the hit Fox show. Piped in via video: another eight team members from Columbia Records in New York.
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