Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How does the flat rate of RM300 apply?

It applies to all commercial recordings of 20 seconds and under except re-recordings (which have a minimum rate of RM150). The blanket re-recording charge of 50% supersedes all other rates, except for stealomatic/demo/research recordings and re-recordings of less than 7 lines for long-format jobs


How does the RM300 flat rate for research/demos/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 50s 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 RM450 ((RM15x50)-RM300).

If he is called in to re-record for the real on-air version, then he gets the full payment of an additional RM750 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 50% of the original cost (including additional characters, but not including options). This means that a re-recording of a 20s with lipsync would be calculated as follows: –

[(20xRM15)+50%]x50% = [RM450]x50% = RM225.


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 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 are charged at 50% of the original recording, so for an ad which you charged RM300, the first, 2nd, third and fourth re-recording will still cost RM150, The same applies to rejection fees.

What are options and variations?

Options and variations are different versions of the same ad, of which only one will be used for commercial purposes. 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. However, if the options eventually become separate commercials, the talent should be paid in full for both versions.



How much does it cost for a re-recording of a 20 second ad with 2 options /characters (original cost for ad is RM400)?

This depends on whether the talent has to re-record the options as well. If he does, then the charge is RM200. If not, then it will be only RM150. The same applies to characters.


How do the new rates apply to Potential Members (what’s the flat rate)?

Potential members have a blanket discount of 50% which applies to everything. As such, their flat-rate becomes RM150.

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 RM150, instead of 50% of the duration of the original recording.


What does it mean for Animation (depending on Character played)?

This means that while the minimum charge is RM500 per episode, this is subject to go higher depending on the number of characters played, and the frequency on lines within the script. This is to the talent’s own discretion.


What’s the difference between an Infomercial and a Corporate/Launch/Marketing Videos/Documentaries?

infomercials are product-based long-format commercials shown on TV. CorporateLaunch /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, lipsync charges still apply.


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