Apparently, the NFL Network is sucking the creative life blood out of the once brilliant NFL Films.
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"People are afraid to leave because they don't know what they're going to do, but they're also afraid of what's happening right before their eyes," said former Films vice president Phil Tuckett, who spent 36 years with the company before resigning in 2007.
"They're destroying that company. It's a cold-blooded killing. Bornstein and Katz are just cold-eyed network killers. They don't care about what we represented. With every action spoken and unspoken since they got there, they've said, 'We're in charge now. We don't want to hear this nonsense anymore about the topcoat-maker making home movies of his kid.'
"Their approach is how much cheap crap can you turn out as quickly as possible so we can stick it on this godawful network that we've created.' "Great.
In short, the NFL Network, which still does not penetrate every cable outlet in America (Time Warner is a huge hold-out) and whose chief executive commands a staggering $8 million a year, has precipitated an NFL Films workforce reduction of over 80 hard working producers and editors and turned the company from a fine 5-Star Chef into a short order cook.
Excuse me. I need to go punch a wall, or throw up in my mouth.