WGA members picketing outside Netflix headquarters in Los Angeles Editor's note: Paul Young , the Emmy-winning producer and founder of management-production company Make Good Content, also co-founded Principato-Young Entertainment in 2000, while concurrently serving as chairman of the Groundlings Theater. The onetime Variety reporter and Paramount creative executive recently produced the Duke Johnson film The Actor and will next make the Ferris Bueller spinoff Sam and Victor's Day Off for Paramount. *** Katherine Young My name is Paul Young, and I own a management company called Make Good Content. I am writing to you because our entertainment community needs a leader. We need someone in power to take responsibility for making such a mess of things. We need a CEO who will seek to understand the writers' concerns, not refuse to acknowledge their proposals, and then do something about what he's learned. Quite simply, we need a rich guy to do the right thing. Even when it costs money. That's why we need you, Ted. Related Story Talent Agencies Start Belt-Tightening Amid Writers Strike You and I both know you're the right person. Netflix has a history of lifting up artists. In 2020 your company established a $150 million relief fund for workers impacted by Covid, and one year later a $100 million fund to support storytellers from underrepresented communities. And look, I know you've alienated some important people in our community with a few programming choices, but at least you took the heat yourself. Owning your sh*t like that is rare for a corporate suit. I won't go into the issues behind the strike. The writers have undeniable points across the board, and I know you know that. So I'm asking you to approach this negotiation with common sense and good faith. After all, Netflix disrupted the ecosystem where writers were fairly compensated, and you got rich in the process. In this new system they're getting completely screwed, and you're as much to blame as anyone. Every agreement should be rooted in a sense of fairness and mutual respect. It determines how people with divergent interests will collaborate […]
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