SAG Residuals Hit New Nigh In ’90

Screen Actors Guild film and tv residuals set a record in 1990, for a total of $178,713,837, or 4% more than the residuals collected in 1989, the previous record-high residuals year.

That’s only half of the SAG residuals picture, however. Television commercials residuals, which are not figured into the film and tv numbers, now account for more than $250 million annually, making tv commercials residuals the single-largest source of residuals income for SAG members.

According to a report given recently to the SAG board, commercials residuals totaled more than $1 billion over the last five years. Numbers aren’t in yet for 1990, but they are expected to exceed the $255 million in tv commercials residuals collected in 1989.

According to the report, commercials residuals totaled $233.5 million in 1988, $222 million in 1987 and $215 million in 1986.

Film and tv residuals also continue to post impressive numbers for the guild.

According to SAG’s latest film and tv report – exclusive of commercials residuals – the $178.7 million collected last year pushed guild collections past the $1.5 billion mark.

Reruns still top source

The largest film and tv residuals category continues to be domestic reruns of tv programs, which generated $82,601,220 for SAG performers in 1990. Since SAG signed its first residuals contract in 1952, the guild has collected slightly more than $1 billion from domestic reruns of tv programs.

SAG’s second-largest film and tv residuals category covers theatrical films released to supplemental markets, such as homevideo, pay-tv, basic cable and in-flight use. Residuals from this area totaled $29,220,501 in 1990. Since SAG first began collecting supplemental market residuals in 1971, guild members have collected more than $155 million in this category.

SAG’s third-largest film and tv residuals category, covering films and tv shows made directly for pay-tv, basic cable and videocassettes, generated $26,083,378 in residuals last year. This residuals contract, born of a strike in 1980, has accounted for more than $69 million during the last 10 years.

In fourth place last year were residuals from theatrical films released to free tv, accounting for slightly less than $20 million in residuals. SAG, which won this residuals contract after a lengthy strike in 1960, has collected $181 million in residuals in this market during the last 30 years.

Foreign telecasts of SAG-covered tv shows paid guild members nearly $19 million last year. Since 1964, when SAG first began collecting these residuals, members have collected nearly $169 million.

SAG’s smallest residuals category continues to be tv programs released to supplemental markets, which accounted for nearly $2.5 million last year. Since 1971, when SAG first began collecting residuals from this market, its members have earned just over $11 million.

Last year, SAG processed more than 1 million residuals checks – the first time it has broken the million mark. Since 1952, the guild has processed nearly 10 million residuals checks.

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