Why sad? Because the people who create the show often get run over or left out in the cold by the business. Usually because they forget the business. They do it for the love or the art. It's nobel and it's a comforting mindset. But in the end, we're all basically share-croppers. And when the crops start to be less bountiful, the land owners cut off the workers.
"But who is going to grow your food now?"
"We'll figure out a cheaper way. Meanwhile, what you're earning isn't paying for the land I bought." Says the Land Baron.
"But isn't that because you paid twice what it was worth?" cries the serf.
"That's because I was lead to believe that there was pirate treasure underground." comes the reply. "And it's not there. Now, good-bye."
What does all this mean? It means that earlier this week, the London Company, Entertainment Rights, and its step-child Classic Media decided to lay off two thirds of the most profitable arm of their beleaguered empire, Big Idea, Inc.
No, the Overlords didn't make their decision for spite or save pork-barrel spending. Business is bad (and business decisions were poor). So who who pays the price? Yep. You guessed it.
It's not personal. It's just business.