That's really a shame.
Even Crispin Freeman was talking about it leading up to it.
Well, it's not like there's only a single organization that could do this kind of thing....Besides which, smgo.tv rates high on my "scam" senses.
To cut to the chase here, here's a reference to the meeting thing
, with tweets cited. Note that use the standard format where the date links directly to the tweet, and the tweet from Giancarlo Volpe (Executive Producer on Green Lantern: The Animated Series, which is Young Justice's brother-in-arms in the dropped-by-Cartoon-Network thing) links to the tweet itself, whereas the one by smgo.tv (which is the one that cites the April 11th meeting)...gets you a "page doesn't exist" message, in line with the deletion of a tweet. Outright purging of the reference does not exactly instil a sense of confidence....
And in general, smgo.tv's model...looks problematic, even if one assumes a lack of malicious intent.
- They created their own crowdfunding platform, because they would not accept a platform such as Kickstarter that charges a percentage fee on funding for a successful project.
- Their FAQ mentions they expect costs to be million dollars or more higher with such a fee. Kickstarter's fee is 5%, so they're expecting to need to raise $20 million dollars on average. For comparison, the frequently referenced Veronica Mars movie Kickstarter had a goal of $2 million (that was met in less than a day), and ended with a total of $5.7 million. (The Veronica Mars movie also "happened" to have been headed by the show's creator.)
- Their sole source of income is paid advertisements on streaming of the final produced shows on their site...to people who didn't fund the project.
- Since they also claim that the production studios retain their syndication rights (ie they can air the show on other networks), their advertising model appears to be "people who know enough about the show to watch it on smgo.tv, but didn't care enough to help fund its current season". Excluding people who are probably the show's preferred audience simply can't help with the targeted advertising the site claims is one of their key benefits for advertisers.
- A brief look through their twitter feed indicates they've tried to actively trigger a renewal effort on their site prior to the network's renewal decision.
- Not exactly a sign of good faith....And arousing suspicion in a cast member for a show you want to renew is never a good sign. (And the flow of tweets suggests, again, that smgo.tv deleted a tweet)
- Their presentation is disjointed. Their website doesn't have a link to their Twitter account, and a project update on their Facebook page hasn't been put on the website for that project.
- Disorganization when it comes to their own website, which they have full control over, raises concerns about how prudently they can act when other parties have a stake involved...like working out a contract for renewal of a show.
- Their "product", as they call it, has existed for 32 days. They currently have two of six shows that have passed their "voting" stage; they haven't opening a single thing up for fundraising yet.
- No track record and a bad first impression? Not a winning combo.
All in all, "rank incompetence" is the most charitable description I can go with.