Excerpt ("Clip") Payments  

SHORTCUTS

Residuals on excerpts;
Pension and Health

Making a payment

TV in TV

TV in Theatrical

Theatrical Excerpts

Compilation payments

Recap

Flashback

The use of any portion of one television or theatrical project in another television or theatrical project is called an excerpt.

If you are a writer and have seen an excerpt of your project used in another project, or if you represent a company planning to use an excerpt of an existing project in your TV or theatrical project, an excerpt payment may be due if the project the excerpt was taken from was produced under WGA jurisdiction.

If a project was produced under WGA jurisdiction, excerpt payments are due if excerpts are taken from the following:

a. All TV projects;
b. Theatrical projects produced after 1960; and
c. United Artist & Universal Theatrical projects produced after 1948

Excerpts payments are not due if excerpts are used in the following instances:

a. Promotional, trailer, news or review
b. Stock shots

PAYMENT INFORMATION

Payment is due to the Guild within 30 days of the use of the excerpt(s).
Clip and compilation payments are a one-time-only payment.
No residuals are due for the excerpt(s) once the project has been paid. 
No Pension & Health payments are due on excerpt fees.

Make checks payable to:
WRITERS GUILD OF AMERICA, WEST, INC.

Send to:
Writers Guild of America, West, Inc.
Rain Stewart, Excerpts and Collections Coordinator
7000 West 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90048-4329
(323) 782-4507
Fax (323) 782-4816
E-mail: Rain Stewart

Checks must be payable in U.S. dollars and drawn on a U.S. bank. Wire transfer information is available upon request.

Please include the following with all payments:

  • Title and type of project containing clip(s): TV series, feature film, TV documentary, etc.
  • List of clips used, including type of clip (Theatrical or TV) series title, episode title, and original airdate of comedy variety shows.
  • Total clip length of each episode or film from which the clips were taken (aggregate from the same episode or film).
  • Credited writers of clip(s), if known.
  • Running time of program using excerpt(s), if television.

Use of Excerpts
 

Rates & Usage Determination

Clip or Excerpt: Use of excerpts not subject to exception under other provisions and which comprise 50% or less of the entertainment portion of a program. TV includes basic cable, pay cable, video, and DVD.

Aggregate clips from a single TV episode or theatrical motion picture when used in one television or theatrical motion picture, to determine the appropriate clip rate for that motion picture or episode.

Effective May 2, 2011 through May 1, 2015

Length of Clip

Usage

MBA

$364.00

10 seconds or less

TV in TV

Art.15.B.10.dd

$1101.00

Over 10 seconds but less than 2 minutes

TV in TV

Art.15.B.10.dd

$1101.00

+$182.00

First two minutes

For each minute or portion over 2 minutes

TV in TV

Art.15.B.10.dd

Rerun fee

over 10 minutes

TV in TV

Art.15.B.10.dd

Effective May 2, 2011 through May 1, 2015

Length of Clip

Usage

MBA

$459.00

30 seconds or less

TV in Theatrical

Art.15.B.13.j.

$914.00

Over 30 seconds but less than 2 minutes

TV in Theatrical

Art.15.B.13.j.

$914.00

+$364.00

First 2 minutes

For each minute or portion over 2 minutes

TV in Theatrical

Art.15.B.13.j.

Effective May 2, 2011 through May 1, 2015

Length of Clip

Usage

MBA

$182.00

30 seconds or less

Theatrical in Theatrical or TV

Art.15.A.3.j.

$549.00

Over 30 seconds but less than 2 minutes

Theatrical in Theatrical or TV

Art.15.A.3.j.

$549.00

+$182.00

First 2 minutes

For each minute or portion over 2 minutes

Theatrical in Theatrical or TV

Art.15.A.3.j.

Compilation: Television excerpts or combination of film and television excerpts exceeding 50% of the entertainment portion of a television program. The Compilation rate is calculated by multiplying the applicable 30-minute minimum by 2.5 for each half-hour of broadcast time.

Effective May 2, 2011 through May 1, 2015

Length

Usage

MBA

$61,967.00

(Network Prime Time)

For each 30 minutes of program using episodic or combination of programs clips (deduct commercials from running time)

TV/Film in TV

Art.15.B.10.e.

Contact WGA

Compilation uses combination of WGA-covered and non-WGA covered clips

TV in TV

Art.15.B.10.e.

EXAMPLE: The rate for a 1-hour compilation program utilizing various clips is calculated as follows: $24,767 (NPT 30-min S&T) x 2.5 (multiplier) x 2 half hours = $123,967.00 (effective through May 1, 2015).

If there is any inconsistency between this schedule and the Basic Agreement, the Basic Agreement shall prevail.

Recap: Excerpt(s) used to recap story to date of a series.

Effective May 2, 2011 through May 1, 2015

Length of Clip

Usage

MBA

$205.00

First 90 seconds, no fee

For each minute or portion of minute in excess of 90 seconds

TV program of less than 60 minutes
 

Art.15.B.10.c.

$205.00

First 3 minutes, no fee

For each minute or portion of minute in excess of 3 minutes
 

TV program over 60 minutes or more
 

Art.15.B.10.c.

Flashback: Excerpt(s) used to inform of past developments to explain or advance current story.

Effective May 2, 2011 through May 1, 2015

Length of Clip

Usage

MBA

$205.00

First 30 seconds, no fee

For each minute or portion of minute over 30 seconds where such usage is less than 15% of the running time of show

TV program of 30 minutes or less

Art.15.B.10.d.

$205.00

First 30 seconds, no fee

For each minute or portion of minute over 30 seconds where such usage is less than 10% of the running time of show

TV program of over 30 minutes

Art.15.B.10.d.

Call WGA

Special flashback provisions apply

TV non-prime time serials

App.A.

Art.15.B.3.b.

Discounts

A 40% discount applies to the clip and compilation rates when excerpts are used in a local program broadcast in no more than one market. If the program is broadcast later in another market, the balance becomes payable. (Art.15.A.3.j. and Art.15.B.10.h.)

For further information, please contact Rain Stewart, Excerpts and Collections Coordinator, at (323) 782-4507.