James Flanigan, writing on Laurence Tisch and CBS ("Tisch May Be Good for What Is Ailing CBS," Sept. 12), reports on "the first and most obvious opportunities to cut costs and restore profitability." Reformers, he says, won't have to search far for the fat.
Flanigan cites a report in Forbes magazine, which pointed out that "a TV episode costing $150,000 with union crews could be shot by non-union crews for $89,000." That's a saving of 41%! Wow.
But before Flanigan stops applauding Forbes' sensational discovery, let me show him that they may not be going far enough. After all, better than a 41% saving is a 61% saving. N'est-ce pas ?
Well, that which a non-union crew can do for $89,000 an out-of-town non-union crew will willingly do for $58,500. You may not get that formerly out-of-town crew to do it a second time for that price, because with a little experience under its belt, the price is likely to go up.