In today’s modern electronic market place, television sets, computers, tablets and handheld devices all have the ability to access television shows, past and present. More of the population would rather stay home and watch TV shows than go out to the movies. Working in the field of television requires training in film production and mass communications. Salaries for beginning television careers range around $50 thousand a year, but more established TV show Creators not only retain complete artistic control of their shows, they have unbelievable salaries:
1. Oprah Winfrey
Perhaps the most influential woman in the world, Oprah Winfrey completely molded the Talk Show genre with The Oprah Winfrey Show. Since 1986 she has accessed the homes and lives of the American public, promoting books, movies politicians, and celebrities, humanitarian and social issues. In 1985 she made her acting debut with Steven Spielberg’s film The Color Purple. Since then she has been an unstoppable force in almost every aspect of the media, culminating in the launch of her OWN network. Today Oprah is worth $2.7 billion dollars.
2. Aaron Spelling
In his lifetime, there wasn’t a Television producer more powerful than Aaron Spelling. He was responsible for producing over 200 TV shows but only won 2 primetime Emmys, one in 1993 for the made for television movie And the Band Played On about the beginning of the AIDS epidemic. Television producers typically make around $63,000 a year; before his death in 2006, Mr. Spelling was worth $600 million dollars.
3. J.J. Abrams
Listed in Entertainment Weekly as #29 of the 50 smartest people in Hollywood, J.J. Abrams can be created for creating action-packed blockbuster style television with shows like Lost (2004-2010), Alias (2001-206)and Fringe (2008-present). He also produced and directed Star Trek and Super 8. Back in his days working on the show Felicity, Abrams averaged around $9, 000 per episode, typical for your beginning screenwriter. Today he’s worth around $95 million.
4. Joss Whedon
He’s a pop-culture hero to the comic book enthusiast crowd, with hits like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, its spin-off Angel, and Firefly. During the Writer’s Guild Strike, his web-series Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along blog garnered over 3 million views and won 2 primetime Emmys. He’s also responsible for the scripts for Avengers and Avengers 2. Joss Whedon’s current earnings is $45 million dollars.
5. Ryan Murphy
Call him the multiple hit wonder. Currently you can catch three of his TV shows on your screen on any given night. Emmy nominated producer and director, Ryan Murphy’s repertoire is petty diverse in genre, with the musical theater-esque Glee, the horror show American Horror Story and his newest comedy The New Normal. So wanted is Mr. Murphy’s works that NBC, ABC and Fox were in a bidding war for it. Currently Ryan Murphy is worth $20 million dollars.
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