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Date Posted: 17:25:40 07/30/07 Mon
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Subject: My two cents
In reply to: Lisa Everetts 's message, "Re: Lisa, if I may ask, how long has Joanna been living in Hawaii?" on 00:11:12 07/29/07 Sun

From memory:
I have communicated, at one time or another, most of the major parties involved (Joanna Cameron, though not after her communication with BCI, Joanna Pang and Andy Mangels).

I DO seem to remember that Mr. Mangles wanted to get together a group sometime last year to do a commentary. Due to budgetary constraints (I think), they were only able to use people who were "local" (i.e. in California) and had the time to do it. That's why there's no cast involvement in the commentary.

As for a "reunion", the only reunion I was aware of, which was planned WAY before a release date was ever announced (back in March of last year, if I recall), was the hope to get everyone together for ComiCon. I DON'T know whether they had money in the budget (or even knew at the time) for air fare/accomodations, let alone compensation for doing the panel. I know in my conversations with Joanna P., that she was willing to go to the Con (and, did) if they would at least pay her way out there. I'm sure they worked something out with the convention organisers.

Also, bear this in mind: BCI is a TINY label. The budget for these things is MICROSCOPIC compared to something from, say, Warner Bros. Mr. Mangels is a self-professed fan of this title, and all the extra work that went into locating the extras shows (compare this release to the other Filmation ones). I remember in one of my last e-mails with him before the project's "deadline", he said "the budget's shot."

AS FOR INTERVIEWS: Ronalda lives in California and Brian goes there on business from time-to-time, so those two were easy to work out. Andy was VERY afraid that he wasn't going to be able to do Joanna P's interview, because BCI couldn't afford to fly her out. Luckily, he had a friend who happens to be a videographer in the NY/NJ area, so they worked it out with Joanna to do the interview at her home. Andy told me he tried to make a similar arrangement with Joanna C.

I CAN CERTAINLY UNDERSTAND where Joanna C. is coming from: although the show's writers will be getting residuals from the DVD sales, since they have the Writer's Guild behind them, the actors get diddly squat. At the time of filming, it was customary for the studios to "buy out" the actors' residuals (as both Sid Haig and Francine York told me) and most actors took them up on it, as no-one thought this stuff would ever be seen again after the initial run (I think Sid said they were paid for "15 reruns" which he said was a very good deal).

Remember, even the original "Star Trek" people's residuals died out in the early '70s: it's just that Shatner and Nimoy hired powerful lawyers to get a slice of the pie years later.

But yes, I certainly feel for her. A role in this genre runs the risk of typecasting someone, and I'm sure that being Isis probably damaged her acting career. I'm also aware television if a cut-throat business that chews up and spits people out with little regard. Joanna was a good enough actress to have deserved far more than what came her way.

Maybe Joanna was thinking working with BCI would be like working with the convention people, who, I imagine, take really good care of you. I know she was also very impressed with the VH-1 people a few years back, so I guess they were probably able to give compensation (after all, if a TV network couldn't pay you, who would ever do it?).

HOWEVER, I also can understand why BCI wasn't able to offer compensation. It simply wasn't in the budget. There's a LOT of "volunteer" work in this project. Heck, I submitted a LOT of material (not the least of which was several bits of that "rare" footage). Wanna know what my compensation is? A complimentary DVD set, and an on-screen typed credit. I didn't do this for payola, just for the love of the material, and wanting to help get the best-possible product out there for the fans to enjoy. I'm sure that Andy would've LOVED to have been able to offer the cast some money, but BCI's budget all went into the content with very little left to spare.

Like many, it's frustrating thinking what "might have been", and I really wish that something could've been worked out, but at the same time, I can understand both viewpoints.

I wish Joanna P. well in all that she does, and hope the DVD experience hasn't soured her on getting out to conventions to meet the fans.

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