Jaime King Tries to Pull a Taylor Swift, Demands Studios to Pay Actors for Streaming
Though Taylor Swift earned praise when she stood up to Apple Music and called out their unfair treatment to musicians, her BFF Jaime King didn’t find much success when it came to protesting fair compensation for actors.
Following her gal pal’s footsteps, the actress penned an open letter on Monday (June 22, 2015) criticizing studios that don’t pay actors, directors, writers when their movies and TV shows are streamed on services like Netflix and Hulu.
Congrats and thank you Tay for supporting artistry and the support of artists big and small. I hope that these kinds of changes can be made in Hollywood- where actors are actually paid for the episodes watches on Netflix and Hulu etc. (except those shows that are original series for Netflix/Amazon/Hulu etc).
Hart of Dixie is one of the top watched shows on Hulu and helped us receive renewal many times- yet they say it’s not “quantifiable” so we don’t get paid. Period. Not one cent. Before streaming, actors, writers, producers & directors were paid residuals for every episode watched. Which is how those in our industry would live in between work. And people rarely watch live TV- or buy TV’s- they stream, so actors etc. do NOT receive any money for episodes watched in this format. It’s imperative that ALL artists are paid for their work and for the loving that they put into in whilst the corporations make hundreds of millions yet claim they no nothing. It’s a conflict, because we want you to watch our shows and are grateful for streaming because it allows people to discover new series. I LOVE Netflix and Hulu – yet, there must be a change of course from the studios that make direct deals with them and get the money directly yet do not pay the people making the shows come to life. Thank you for encouraging change @taylorswift and I really hope that one day that will cross over into our field. With gratitude- your friend, JK
However, what first seemed like a valiant effort on King’s part quickly fell flat when people realized that: 1) the TV industry is completely different to music industry; 2) Jaime King is not Taylor Swift and therefore does not hold the same gravitas.
Here’s just a sampling of what was said when people started questioning King’s poor line of argument.
According to one fan, King even started blocking commenters who didn’t agree with stance.
In defense, King argued that she’s “pregnant” and didn’t “want to be surrounded by negativity.”
King since deleted her initial Instagram post.
Her show, Hart of Dixie, was cancelled by The CW earlier this year. It had 76 episodes and never reached syndication.