Reality TV show payout?

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    daveydad
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    Just had about 8 seconds of a cue used in an episode of “Treasure King” a new series on ReelZ channel. Any idea how much something like this might pay? And will I get royalties each time it airs? Should I start shopping for a new Ferrari?? πŸ™‚

    #16342 Reply
    P-9
    Guest

    If you are with ASCAP or BMI the payout will be nothing. But if you are with SESAC you will make 5 cents for 1 prime time airing of 8 seconds.

    #16343 Reply
    daveydad
    Participant

    πŸ™ Well, guess I’ll keep my ’97 Olds! πŸ˜‰

    #16347 Reply
    MichaelL
    Participant

    In most cases, the person who served you the fast food burger that you just bought with your reality TV placement royalties, is making more money.

    Seriously. Both BMI and ASCAP spell out, what they pay for network, cable etc., during specific day parts (ASCAP is a little cryptic. You need a magic 8 Ball to figure it out). You can find the information and do the math.

    There should be a reality show about the “library” business.
    The streets are clearly not paved with gold on the micro level.

    #16356 Reply
    Advice
    Participant

    Start saving for a new cup holder for your Ferrari. 400 more placements like this and you can buy it!

    Seriously, placements on many smaller cable channels pay very little. There are many factors that include length of cue (8 secs ain’t much), time of day for broadcast, foreground vs. background (most placements like this are background), the particular channel, etc.

    With longer cues on shows that re-run a lot, it adds up but nothing spectacular. Some channels such as MTV get much better PRO payments.

    In the BG reality TV cue market, it’s definitely a numbers game. You need tons of cues out there working for you.

    #16357 Reply
    daveydad
    Participant

    A new cup holder would be nice!! πŸ™‚ In case you’re curious, here’s the clip starting right where my piece starts as they open the garage. Maybe the one-two punch at the end will let me buy seat covers for my Ferrari? πŸ™‚

    #16358 Reply
    gdomeier
    Participant

    For ascap it also depends on what time of day it played. One of my 10 second cues earned $1.75 for a single prime time airing. Another 10 second cue earned .64 for a single night time airing.

    #getrichquick

    #16362 Reply
    Jay
    Guest

    There should be a reality show about the “library” business.
    The streets are clearly not paved with gold on the micro level.

    agreed πŸ™‚ I’m about to hit 50 placements since late 2011 and thought I’d be making a lot more..I have had some good PRO payouts but not as of late and now with Tunesat I can see there’s plenty of placements i’m not making a dime on..but of course I trudge on hoping that the many songs I’ve written in the last 2 years start to catch fire…

    Congrats Davey…the first couple placements are special!
    and reality shows can pay…I had a $180.00 usage not too long ago of a song (but they used over a minute of it)

    #16363 Reply
    MichaelL
    Participant

    I trudge on hoping that the many songs I’ve written in the last 2 years start to catch fire…

    That is like hoping to win the lottery. Songs don’t really catch fire in the library world. It’s not like pop music where someone always has a “hit.”

    If you want to make $50,000? Then write 1,000 usable pieces of music and try to make $50 each…. some variation of this formula.

    #16364 Reply
    Alan
    Participant

    @ P-9
    Does ASCAP really pay nothing, as in zero for placements on the Reelz channel?

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