Actors plan to make a scene over royalties

Actors in the UK are threatening to strike unless film producers start
paying them more royalties.

Equity, the actors’ union, met with producers last week to call for UK
actors to be paid royalties for appearing in DVDs, videos and films.

Equity spokesman Martin Brown said, "British performers don’t get a
percentage of the profits for appearing in videos or films, unlike their US

"In the UK, actors are paid a flat fee in advance for television
broadcasts of films, for videos and DVD sales."

Brown told Personnel Today that Equity is waiting to see what employers will
come up with in terms of payment. He said, "If the talks break down, the
council will have to review what action to take.

"We are telling members not to sign a new contract if talks with the
film producers break down."

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