Tough economy affects new TV pilot shows

Pilot season is feeling the economy's pain in more ways than one.

The mandate at the networks and studios this year is to cut costs by any means necessary -- from slashing above-the-line salaries to shooting far from Hollywood to secure tax breaks -- and to generally deliver as much or more than in past years but with smaller budgets.

The sharp downturn in the nation's economic fortunes also is directly influencing the premises of a number of projects for the 2009-10 season, particularly on the comedy side.


Film Business, Hollywood, TV

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