Equity Distribution Services
At the time of writing, Equity’s in-house distribution team paid out more than £9.6m to more than 10,000 performers.
Taking over from British Equity Collecting Society (BECS), Equity Distribution Services (EDS) ensures that performers receive, amongst other payments, royalties and special usage payments owed to them through work undertaken on union contracts.
The services especially champion those working in film, TV and radio, seeing to it that they receive the money owed to them. It covers, but is not limited to: Equity cinema films and television; BBC, ITV and Channel Four on-demand services and European cable retransmissions; Sky catch-up services; BBC Radio 4 Extra archive programming and theatre cast album recordings.
Members now pay zero commission for cables monies, as opposed to the 8% previously paid under BECS. Angela Lyttle, head of Equity Distribution Services, said: “Sending out this much money to this many performers in our first few months was quite an achievement. By late summer, we’re aiming to pay out an additional £2m of collectively bargained funds for BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky on-demand services, as well as a significant amount of cinema film royalties and residuals.
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