How Remuneration Works

The scale of the issue facing audiovisual creators can be difficult to appreciate unless we understand how screenwriters and directors get paid. The co-authors of an audiovisual work assign their rights to a producer, which is necessary to market and distribute the work. But with a lack of fair payment for the reuse of previous work, making a living is difficult and negotiating for their best long-term interests often impossible.

THE CREATIVE STAGE

Several Years | Development of a creative idea occasionally leading to writing of a screenplay and composition of a team of authors.
IF THE WORK DOESN’T SPARK A SCREENPLAY – THE AUTHOR STARTS AGAIN

SEARCH FOR A PRODUCER

The screenplay is used to locate an appropriate producer and  generate funding for the project
IF THE WORK ISN'T PICKED UP BY A PRODUCER – THE AUTHOR STARTS AGAIN

CONTRACTS SIGNED

The producer acquires the rights from authors to use his work and negotiates a fee based on a best guess at the potential of the finished product.

Most authors receive a fixed sum – the only payment in the entire process.

PRE-PRODUCTION

1 – 6 Months | The team begins refining the work. Potential sources of production funding are investigated while the producer evaluates the commercial potential of the project, estimated budget and ROI.

PRODUCTION

1-6 Months | Shooting days with cast and crew.

POST PRODUCTION

1-6 Months | Editing, selection of music, integration of subtitles, special effects etc.

SALES & MARKETING

1-6 Months | The producer sells the rights to distributors who will use the film in different markets. Promotion begins and the authors are asked to support the launch at film festivals, on TV shows and in media interviews.

Without a legal requirement for payment, the majority of authors will not receive any share in the financial success of their work