I heard from somebody that it costs $5,000,000 to produce one episode of Deadwood.
That is not tremendously high for an hour long show.
Ok, in reality it is. But that is because lots of different people are pocketing lots and lots of money. But relative to other shows production cost it is not out way out of league. It is a little high for the average, but not unheard of.
The amount of money it takes to do anything in ‘Hollywood’ is stupid though, so much back alley stuff going on.
The amazing thing is though, if you compare the production cost of other shows to say an amazing and well done show like Babylon 5. The budget for an average cost of one episode of Babylon 5 was $800,000. And 70% of that went to special effects. Where as during the same time period a show like Star Trek:DS9 had a production budget of $1,600,000. Twice the amount of money per show and less then half the special effects over all. There where some episodes of DS9 heavy on the effects, but by and large way fewer then B5 over the entire series.
So what did we learn from all of this? When a few key people are passionate about a show, they ca do an amazing show with top quality production for dirt cheap (by not taking lots of money…some could say illegally). But that for most shows there are a good bit of people making lots of money for doing nothing, except increasing the production cost.
And btw what that person told you was true, at least according to a bunch of different news articles I read.
It also makes me admire everybody that brought a show like B5 together.
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