A cable network that’s business model is based on ripping off young, naïve filmmakers who are willing to work for very little, while delivering high quality, innovative content. This model keeps Current’s production costs absurdly low, while the rates they charge for advertising are absurdly high. And while they do not share their multi-million dollar ad revenue with the young filmmakers who make it possible to charge those rates, they do give them the chance to “share their voice” while “democratizing television.”
Film School Graduate 1: “Yo man, Current TV paid me 500 dollars for exclusive rights to that short documentary I spent five months producing.”
Film School Graduate 2: “Wow, your voice is really gonna be heard when they air it in random rotation at some unknown point in the future!"
It's like YouTube, but nobody cares.
Person 1: Hey man, did you see that Pod on Current TV?
Person 2: Current? Never heard of it