U.S. actors close to reaching deal on iPod residuals

Members of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) are likely to receive a residual payment of 2 cents every time their performance is downloaded or accessed on a cell phone, computer, or portable video device, according to a New York Post report, citing an unnamed industry source.

The Post report quoted a SAG spokesman, “Unions are seeking or are engaged with producers in serious conversations over what residual formula ought to be applied to new distribution platforms like downloads and mobile phones.”

The Post report said that an agreement between producers and the two unions regarding the new media is likely to be reached “within weeks.”

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  1. That’s not an iPod residual, it’s a “new media” residual, a royalty paid by the content owner to the SAG member. Calling it an iPod residual implies that they’re going to be paid on the sale of iPods.

  2. It seems odd that they would charge per actor, that would make My Dinner with Andre very cheap and Gladiator very expensive. It also seems that some actors are worth more than others so how do they calculate that. Also a cell phone download does not have the same valve as something you can watch on the TV.
    A better idea would be a percentage of the download fee goes to the actors and that percentage is divided.

  3. Some of these morons in Un-Holywood make tens of millions for pretending to be someone else and are idolized, while a CEO gets a multi million retirement after working for forty years and benefitting millions of workers and stockholders and gets castigated. Only in America.

  4. This has nothing to do with apple– rather this is strictly between the content owners and the actors. The content owners have been shafting the actors and not giving them proper royalties on online sales. Any royalty payments will come out of the 80% (or whatever) share that the content makers get per sale.

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