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    From: jmsatb5@aol.com (Jms at B5)
 Subject: Re: Need early B5 scripts for Captioning (re-send)
      To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated  
    Date: 6/11/2002 9:49:00 PM  

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>I wonder: is there money for writers in DVD releases like this, some
>kind of residual? Is there a residual for any of the original
>production people, the actors, directors, producers?

Writers, actors and directors get residuals on DVDs based on the VHS residuals
formula which was put into place a number of years ago before the videotape
boom and the Writers Guild didn't think there was any money in it.
Consequently, the studios got a deal wherein basically the writers get
something on the order of a penny a copy (or nothing, since it's based on net
profits).

The guild, gotta love 'em....

jms

(jmsatb5@aol.com)
(all message content (c) 2002 by synthetic worlds, ltd.,
permission to reprint specifically denied to SFX Magazine
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    From: jmsatb5@aol.com (Jms at B5)
 Subject: Re: Need early B5 scripts for Captioning (re-send)
      To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated  
    Date: 6/11/2002 9:51:00 PM  

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>Are other
>companies (such as Fox) paying people to do DVD commentaries? If so, it
>seems
>stupid that Warners doesn't do this, since they are part of that big AOL
>Time-Warner mega-corporation should have the money.

Many do, some don't, there's no industry standard on this. It's just one of
those things, I'm not (too) bugged about it.

jms

(jmsatb5@aol.com)
(all message content (c) 2002 by synthetic worlds, ltd.,
permission to reprint specifically denied to SFX Magazine
and don't send me story ideas)

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