Buzzfeed could cut together all the videos I made for them into a series, sell that series for millions of dollars – and not give me a penny or tell me about it.
This system especially hurts women, people of color, and LGBTQ people. There are limited job options in the entertainment industry for these groups. Though “diversity” is a big buzzword, in practice nearly 80% of show runners are white men. So for marginalized artists, a creative job writing, directing, or acting seems like a godsend. This amazing company is going to allow you to do something you love for money! A major reason companies can get away with one-sided agreements is because we don’t know our own worth.