Roger Ebert needs an influx of cash, and quickly.
The legendary film critic wrote in a blog post Nov. 6 that unless he can find someone willing to fund another season of "Ebert Presents: At the Movies," the show will end. "Unless we find an angel, our television program will go off the air at the end of its current season. There. I've said it," he writes.
Ebert says he and his wife, Chaz, have financed the show since day 1, and simply can't afford to do it anymore. "Since we went on the air in January 2011, 'Ebert Presents' has been almost entirely funded by Chaz and me, plus $25,000 in generous backing from the Kanbar Charitable Trust. We paid for the screen tests. We paid for the pilot. We paid for the titles. We paid for the set, the lighting, and all of the salaries (Chaz and I do not draw one)," he writes.
Then there's the rent for the offices, the director, the camera operators, assistant producers, interns, editors and editing suites, transmitting the show to American Public Television, catering and even designing and maintaining the show's website.
In short, Ebert and his wife need money or else the show will end. "American Public Television wants to know if they can tell their member stations we'll be back in 2012. We have to give them our answer this month. Unless we find underwriting, I'm afraid our answer will have to be 'no,'" he admits.
So, know anyone who can help?
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