You will be redirected back to your article in seconds
Back to IndieWire

Fighting the Smithsonian/Showtime Deal

Fighting the Smithsonian/Showtime Deal

Scott Macaulay’s blog scooped the New York Times yesterday. On his FILMMAKER Magazine blog, Scott outlined the petition — signed by several high profile filmmakers (according to the Times today, they include Michael Moore, R. J. Cutler and Alex Gibney) — against Smithsonian’s recent pact with Showtime Networks to privatize their archives. Macaulay’s blog also includes portions of the letter:

“We ask that you take three actions today:
1. Disclose the terms of the contract with Showtime Networks and any other commercial agreements that limit access or use of the collections.
2. Annul the contract with Showtime Networks, as it was awarded without public comment and without a competitive procurement process.
3. Hold hearings to gather comment from a broad cross section of the public before undertaking any further actions that limit access to the collections for which the Smithsonian acts as guardian or limit access to the talented and highly capable staff of the Institution.”

And here is a downloadable PDF of a letter that you, too, can send to Lawrence Small, the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution.

Sign Up: Stay on top of the latest breaking film and TV news! Sign up for our Email Newsletters here.

This Article is related to: Uncategorized and tagged

Get The Latest IndieWire Alerts And Newsletters Delivered Directly To Your Inbox