I'm not sure we have clarity on what the creator economy is or what it is intended to accomplish. This makes it very difficult to figure out whether these statistics are good or bad.

Remember - the "creator economy" almost by definition has to consist of more than just creators.
As a number of people (including some IP theorists like @LinfordInfo) have discussed, "attention scarcity" is a thing. People only have so much time to consume media, so, on a global basis, only so much media is going to be consumed.
The "creator economy" results in creators having more *potential* direct access to consumers. There is less of the kind of pre-filtering that you get with print publishers, record labels, tv networks, and film studios. Consumers can go look for what they want.
But the flip side is that less pre-filtering means less visibility. If you're on the creator side of the "content economy" you have to get noticed and build your own audience. It's not handed to you the way it would have been with a 19:00 Wednesdays 30-minute sitcom slot.
The top creators are always going to have some advantage there - the more people get to know you, the more mouths may be spreading the word.

And that's before we get to audience factors - including the importance of community.
That's an area that I think is still a bit understudied in the context of creator economy platforms. Watching things together is more fun than watching them alone; being able to discuss what you've seen with others who have seen it is more fun.
The creator economy does allow for smaller communities/fandoms than would have been possible previously, which is excellent, but I suspect that there are a lot of people who'd rather watch something with 10,000 people than with 10.
So, on the whole, is it bad that the revenue spread is what it is, or is that a symptom of how people prefer to access and consume content?

I don't know, and I'm not sure there's good research on this yet.


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