Discovery CEO David Zaslav
You may remember a few years ago about the campaign of Dave Rand and the VFX artists who were uncompensated for work that totaled $1.3 Million on Journey To The Center Of The Earth.
At the time I was angered that the eventual settlement for Discovery Communications, the studio that produced the film, would be to only pay 70% of what they owed to the artists.
Apparently the rewards don’t stop there for Discovery Communications CEO David Zaslav:
Discovery Communications CEO David Zaslav rode a surging stock price — it quadrupled since late 2008 — to boost his compensation last year to $42.6 million, nearly four times what he earned in 2009, according to a regulatory filing Monday.
I don’t know what makes me more angry, a company whose CEO rakes in $43 million and only has to pay 70% of what he stole from vfx artists or the shear apathy of vfx artists to not even be outraged about it.
If I had my way I’d greenlight a sequel called Journey To The Center Of David Zaslav’s Ass starring my size 12 boot. But all jokes aside, Dave Rand forwarded me a letter one of his colleagues wrote about his situation to the white house web page which I’ve posted below:
Dear President and Mrs. Obama,
It’s my opinion that you can’t fix the economy without fixing the rules of the game.
I was forced to move my family to Canada to work on a film, Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D because of foreign tax incentives that their government offers. Ironically the studio in Canada was owned by Discovery Communications, a US corporation.
Near the end of the project Meteor Studios closed it’s doors leaving several Americans stranded without a paycheck, and many Canadian artists and technicians broke at Christmas time.
Today I read in the paper that the CEO of Discovery Communications made $42.6 million dollars last year.
Where is the Justice? If this is happening to motion picture visual effects artists who are well educated and well represented I fear that the situation is worse for many many americans.
We need to put an end to unfair trade incentives that take our jobs overseas.
We need to stop the runaway executive compensation that is coming from all of our pockets in ways that aren’t even honest and shouldn’t be legal.
I’m sure you are aware of the many articles that document that the rich have gotten so much richer in recent years while the poor have lost everything. I don’t believe our country can get better until we address these trends.
Thank-you so much for your attention to this matter,
Visual Effects Artist, California