FAQs about Rates

How does the flat rate of RM300 apply?
It applies to all commercial recordings of 20 seconds and unde, including re-recordings (which have a minimum rate of RM300 too). The blanket re-recording charge (of RM300 or 50% of the original cost, whichever higher) supersedes all other rates, except for re-recordings of less than 7 lines for long-format jobs.

How does the RM300 flat rate for research/demos/guide vo’s/stealomatics/ work and what happens if it becomes a real ad?
Regardless of duration or purpose, any recording that’s used for these purposes is charged at a flat rate of RM300. Re-recordings for research/demos/stealomatics are also charged at RM300. If the recording is eventually used commercially, it will be topped upto full recording payment. However, if the talent is called in to re-record the demo for full commercial release, then full commercial charges are charged in addition to the original charge for the research/demos/stealomatic.

The talent does a demo for a 45s TVC. He gets RM300 (flat rate).
If he is called in to re-record the demo, he gets to bill for another RM300 (still flat rate no matter the number of times re-recorded).
If he isn’t called to re-record, but the TVC eventually goes on air, he gets an additional RM600 ((RM20x45s)-RM300).
If he is called in to record for the real on-air version, then he gets the full payment of an additional RM900 on top of the original RM300 for the demo.

How much does it cost for a re-recording that’s 20 seconds long or less?
Re-recordings are RM300 or 50% of the original cost, whichever higher (including additional characters, but not including options). This means that a re-recording of a 30s, and part of the VO would be used for a 10s cutdown version, would be calculated as follows: –
[(RM20x30s)x50%]+RM300 (re-recordings for 10s are RM300) = RM300+RM300 = RM600.

How do tag-ons work?
Tag-ons are charged based on the length of the tag-on, with a minimum flat rate of RM300. For instance if there is a 20 second commercial with a 20-second tag-on (total 40-second commercial), the charge of the tag-on itself would be RM300. If the tag-on was 10-seconds instead, the charge would still remain the same.

What if the tag-on needs to be re-recorded twice?
Re-recordings which are charged at RM300 or 50% of the original recording, is applied here too. So, for every re-recording, the re-recording fee is applied.

What if a recording is rejected?
The full original fee is applied if the talent is not notified within 30 days from the recording date. If notified within 30 days from the recording date, Rejection Fee calculation kicks in, which is RM300 or 50% of the original cost, whichever higher.

What are options and variations?
Options and variations are terms the industry uses, for different versions of the VO for the same script, of which ONLY ONE will finally be used for broadcast/specific usage. They are usually requested for phrasing purposes, or for instance if a promotional date has yet to be confirmed. Because this is quite common, the first option will be free, whereas subsequent options will be charged at a flat rate of RM100/option. However, if the options eventually become separate commercials, the talent should be paid in full for both versions.

How do the rates apply to Underage Members (Child VO Artists)?
The rates are the same as the adult members.

What are re-recording inserts on long-format?
Sometimes in a long format recording, only a few lines need to be re-corded. As such, we have put in a clause that states that if there are less than 7 lines that need to be re-recorded, then the charge is only a flat rate of RM350, instead of 50% of the duration of the original recording. However, when the scripts that requires re-recording, is more than 7 lines, the usual re-recording fee kicks in.

What’s the difference between an Infomercial and a Corporate / Launch / Marketing Videos / Documentaries?
Infomercials are product-based long-format commercials shown on TV ONLY, and they are usually shown during specific air-time, e.g. midnight or special slots for infomercial. Corporate/Launch/Marketing Videos on the other hand, are usually for internal use, and not made for broadcast on mass media. Documentaries are basically any narrative not meant to promote a brand or product.

What qualifies as a Lipsync / Dub?
If there is any syncing to the character’s in pictures, it counts as a lipsync/ dub regardless of language. Meaning that even if you are re-recording English into a Malay drama, it is considered lipsync too. Some members of VGM do charge lipsync fee, while most don’t please do check with individual members.

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