- Budget and artistic (and even commercial) relevance are only weakly correlated, and
- Actors, mid ranking staff and all sorts of other people when working collaboratively in an atmosphere of trust can make fabulous decisions which add to the bottom line.
Channel Nine's brilliant head of entertainment, Peter Faiman, remembered that the hardest thing he ever did in his career was to try to tell Kerry he intended to resign to work for Rupert Murdoch. Packer kept demanding to know what Murdoch at Channel Ten could do for him that Channel Nine couldn't.At every excuse - more money, wanting to do something new, establishing his own business - Packer kept hammering away with just one powerful line: "I can fix it."Faiman felt more and more desperate until Packer, the master negotiator, finally brought the tense confrontation to a head."So son, what do you want to do now?""Oh, Kerry, please, I feel like shooting myself."Faiman will never forget the next moment. Packer reached into a drawer, pulled out a huge western-style six-shooter and slammed it down on the desk in front of him."Well, I can fix that, too," he smiled.