Netflix reportedly also help revolutionize the business model of TV production by offering producers upfront contracts for 1-2 seasons (never done before) and develop shows with almost no input from Netflix.
This also allowed them to introduce the concept of "binge watching", or releasing an entire series/season at once for people to watch on demand. TV networks are now experimenting with less-traditional release schedules.
Unscripted shows generally earn around $300-400,000 per episode, paid upfront as a licensing fee, which content makers use to fund the production. Their profit margin is around 10%.
Discovery, at the forefront of unscripted TV distribution, recently changed the way they paid producers. Now, producers are required to self-fund production (in advance) and Discovery will only pay upon the delivery of a complete series.
Networks usually also wind up paying for any reshootsneeded, though Discovery's new model could cut this.
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