Q&A: Reruns very, very good for some

Reruns, residuals and revenue

How are casts and crews of TV shows compensated when an episode is repeated or the series goes into syndication? On a related matter, when a game show is repeated, do the contestants receive their winnings again?

Residuals are the payments that actors, directors, writers and some crew members receive when the TV show they worked on is rerun. According to the Screen Actors Guild, "Residuals begin once a show starts re-airing or is released to video/DVD, pay television, broadcast TV or basic cable. All residuals will continue to flow . . . as long as the TV or movie product continues to generate revenue for the producer."

The production company receives 80 percent of the fees generated by reruns, with 20 percent going to the performers and off-camera crew.

Some do much better than others with residuals. For instance, it has been reported that Jerry Seinfeld makes an estimated $60 million a year from residuals, royalties on Seinfeld DVDs, and stand-up appearances.

Then there's a guy like Marc Cherry. He earned a living writing Golden Girls episodes until that show ended. For the next 12 years he struggled to find another series, living off the modest residuals (which peaked at $75,000 one year) while he worked on other projects. One of those projects became Desperate Housewives in 2004. Without residuals, he told the Los Angeles Times, he might have been forced to "get a real job."

Game show hosts, producers and writers also collect residuals; the contestants do not.

Military mates are coming back

Will Army Wives be returning to Lifetime?

Yes. The fourth season begins April 11.

Snow has 'Dateline' engagement

Just curious as to whether you know what happened to Kate Snow. They announced on the Saturday edition of Good Morning America that she was leaving. Wondered if you know where she "landed."

Snow is joining NBC, where she will be a correspondent for Dateline.

So, how did 'Dirty Sexy' end?

The final episodes of Dirty Sexy Money seemed to be aired on obscure days. Can you please tell me who ultimately ended up killing the main character's father?

It's not surprising that you missed the end since ABC burned off final episodes of the series on Saturday nights in summer 2009. Still, each of its two seasons have been released on DVD. So if you want to see the conclusion for yourself (SPOILER ALERT!!), don't read the next sentence.

Okay, if you're determined to know, it turned out Nick's father was not dead and was scheming behind the scenes.

Q&A: Reruns very, very good for some 04/01/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 1:03pm]

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