Boxleitner and JMS in EON - ATTN JMS

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Thu Feb 1 04:23:36 EST 2001

From: James Bell <jamesb at>
Date: 31 Jan 2001 12:47:53 -0700
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Good question.  With musicians, they get a cut each time a song is played.
With TV actors, do they just get a cut based on airings?  Or do the ratings
have any relevance at all?


Rob Perkins wrote:

> Wouldn't his residual checks be a clue into that?
> Rob
> Tammy Smith <gkarfan at> wrote in message
> news:21107-3A7849C0-18 at
> > Boxleitner always seems to be making negative comments like that about
> > B5 these days.  Maybe someone needs to tell him how well B5 is doing on
> > the Sci-Fi Channel!  :)
> >
> > Tammy
> >
> >

From: jmsatb5 at (Jms at B5)
Date: 31 Jan 2001 15:33:13 -0700
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Actors and writers get residuals each time an episode is aired.  The amount of
that residual is not based on the ratings, so any actor can't tell how it's
doing based on that.

There are three different formulas used to compute ratings, one for network,
another for syndication, a third (and the crummiest) for cable.  Crummiest in
that the amount of the residual is tied to the amount paid for the rights to
show the series.  Consequently, many of the studios that own cable networks (as
Universal owns USA Network, for instance) sell the shows to themselves for the
smallest amount possible.

Hence, a residual that, for a third or fourth airing, might bring a couple
thousand bucks elsewhere, in that situation brings you literally about five

This is one of the issues being addressed in the current pre-strike


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