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Date Posted: 00:39:42 08/01/07 Wed
Author: fletch
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Subject: Re: My two cents
In reply to: Site Administrator 's message, "My two cents" on 17:25:40 07/30/07 Mon

From a long time user (on and off) of this site (from 2001 at least)I can say over the years as I have read as much as I can about the background of these shows as it is rather fascinating to me (I love to know how things work). After reading some of these background stories, I tend to believe Andy etc. Why? Because read some of the comments from her co-stars and while they never say a bad word about her, it's what they don't say that makes you wonder. They always say things like they didn't know her, hang around her, stay in touch etc. That's the impression I came away with..and frankly it bothered me a bit because I always held on to my childhood memory of her being a super nice person etc. Of course things may not be like they seem as I have known co-workers like this who most thought were snobs but in truth they were simply scared to get too close to others for whatever reason. Perhaps if the DVD is a hit, there will be a second edition. If that happens I would offer we have a fund raiser to pay her expenses to fly to CA and shoot the interview. Come on ISIS, restore our child hood memories...Please!
I am glad to hear the DVD is out...now I just need to remind the other Andy to send back my scripts. I have not seen this DVD yet, but I have some of the others and they are extremely well done and I am really glad BCI is giving our memories the respect they deserve!!!

>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
>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
>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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