If there’s one thing you do today, please hear, like and SHARE this appeal that is set to change the lives of South African actors.
With your support the South African Guild of Actors can enhance working conditions, compensation and benefits. The Guild is a powerful, unified voice on behalf of actors rights.
Through various channels, the South African Guild of Actors has been lobbying government and the Department of Trade and Industry to effect changes to the existing Performers Protection Act which dates back to 1967 and which fails to protect the rights of actors in today’s environment.
Jack Devnarain heads to Parliament to lodge an appeal to have amendments made to laws in respect to the entertainment industry.
This project is to ensure that actors can have a legal right to claim residual income from their work in television and film.
Actors from around the world have those rights and that’s how they build a long-term career with a sustainable income from their craft.
Residuals are royalties that are paid to the actors, film or television directors, and others involved in making TV shows and movies in cases of reruns, syndication, DVD release, or online streaming release. Residuals are calculated and administered by industry trade unions like SAGA and other trade organisations in South Africa.
The South African Guild of Actors are aiming to have laws in South Africa amended to support actor earnings.
Watch SAGA Chairman, Jack Devnarain’s announcement here
How does the residual income work?
In the case of the hit television series ‘Friends’ this 1994-2004 NBC sitcom ranks with or maybe above Cheers, Seinfeld, and Frasier as one of the most beloved and re-run television comedies of all time. (Never underestimate the drawing power of David Schwimmer, Marcel the monkey, and Gunther.)
By the end of the show, collective cast bargaining had boosted the salaries for all six friends on Friends to a very friendly $1 million per episode, each. The show’s reruns went into syndication in 1998, and they’ve never left, and the entire series went to Netflix in 2015, which has only served to feed the public’s insatiable need to watch Ross and Rachel break-up and make up. Basically, Friends is always on, and that translates into big residuals for the cast (well, the main cast—not the guy who plays Mr. Heckles.)
According to USA Today, Friends generates $1 billion a year for production company Warner Bros. Of that, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and Schwimmer are contractually entitled to 2 percent, which works out to about $20 million for each and every one of them.