The Goldilocks of funding question
What is the right relationship of funding to production?
If you overfund and underproduce then everyone is well paid but the work is disappointing. On the other hand, if you overproduce and underfund and then everyone is knackered. So I guess you're trying to get it just right.
It's not just an insider thing, somehow you can tell when you are in the audience as well, if the ratio of spend to production is right. It's quite important I think. A great example is Mission Impossible - "the money is on the screen" as they say. Even though we know nothing about those amounts of money, we can feel it. It feels right.
Having said that getting it just right sounds a bit boring and you can't afford to be boring. So perhaps you have to get it "just wrong" .