mandy moore may be a household name, but that doesn’t mean she’s making big bucks when fans stream her past work.
“The residual issue is a big problem,” said Moore, 39, The Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday, July 18, while participating in the Disney picket line in Burbank, California in support of the SAG-AFTRA strike. “We are in incredibly fortunate positions as active actors, having been on shows that have been tremendously successful in one way or another…
O These are U.S alum — who played Rebecca Pearson on the NBC drama from 2016 to 2022 — revealed that she received “very small checks, like 81 cents” from the streaming waste of the Emmy-winning series.
“I was talking to my business manager who said he got a residual for a dime and two cents,” Moore told the outlet.
In May 2017, Hulu acquired the streaming rights to These are U.S, outperforming Netflix and Amazon. Hulu has since had co-exclusive rights to any digital releases of the drama along with NBC, where the show initially aired.
The current SAG-AFTRA strike — which comes amid the Writer’s Guild of America (WGA) strike — is focused in part on achieving fair pay for actors, transparency for streaming waste, and guidelines for the use of artificial intelligence in media.
president SAG, Fran Drescherconfirmed on Thursday, July 13, that the union, made up of more than 160,000 TV and film stars, will strike alongside the WGA, which began its convening in May.
“It’s a very serious thing that affects thousands if not millions of people across this country and around the world,” Drescher, 65, told a news conference after the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) failed to agree to any one of the terms of the union. “Not just members of this union, but people who work in other industries who serve the people who work in this industry. … We had no choice. We are the victims here. We are being victimized by a very greedy entity.”
During the strike, union actors are prohibited from filming any stalled projects and cannot promote their work, including past, present or future shows and films.
Moore, meanwhile, was one of many actors who joined the crowd on the first day of the strike on Friday, July 14th. These are U.S Partners Chrissy Metz It is Jon Huertas.
“My family forever,” Moore captioned a photo with her former castmates via her Instagram story on Friday. Everyone held signs in support of the cause.
While Moore’s story of small streaming residues may surprise fans, she’s not the only actress who has spoken out about the issue.
Gilmore Girls alum Sean Gunnfor example, told THR on Friday that he “wanted to come out and protest Netflix” because the WB series “brought huge profits to Netflix” and that the money did not reach the original cast.
After Gunn’s initial interview with the channel was taken down, he clarified his remarks via Twitter.
“I did a picket interview on Netflix yesterday for The Hollywood Reporterand they withdrew the interview because apparently I didn’t notice that my residuals are not paid by Netflix but are actually paid by the production company Warner Bros. ,” said Gunn, 49, on Saturday, July 15.
The actor – who played Kirk in all seven seasons of Gilmore Girls and its subsequent Netflix revival, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life – pointed out that the blame still lies with streaming sites like Netflix.
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“The important thing is that the main point of my interview is that Netflix doesn’t pay actors anything, so there’s no sharing the success of a series with Netflix. True, they pay a licensing fee to Warner Bros. and then Warner Bros. “But when the show is a huge hit and they generate millions of dollars in revenue for Netflix, we don’t share any of that, largely because there’s no transparency with their numbers. But really, it’s about justice for all. We just want to make sure we have a fair deal. If a program is successful, we must participate in it. That seems totally reasonable.