Rates of pay

The Agreement

Rates in the film and television production industry differ depending on where the production that you are working on is based. The main agreements are the FAA/PACT agreement which covers central London, The BBC Equity Agreement for all BBC jobs that are done in house, The ITV Equity Agreement and the Equity/PACT agreement which generally covers everything outside of the other three.

You then have commercials and some bespoke rates that can occur during transition periods between new agreements being settled.

 

Equity/PACT Agreement

Standard Day

 

A standard day is 10 hours including and unpaid meal break of one uninterrupted hour. Day rates apply between the hours of 0700 and midnight with overtime for any hours worked between 0400 and 0700. Night rates apply if work extends beyond midnight or commences before 0400.

 

Supplementary Payments

SP1: Creative Contribution includes things like speaking a few unimportant lines, impersonating an identifiable individual, or interacting with a cast member individually or as part of a member.

SP2: Includes skills such as; Swimming, Driving, Dancing, Horse Riding and Supervised use of Firearms.

SP3: Change of clothing (Own outfits only), Providing specialised clothing, Hair Cuts, Inclement Weather or wetting down and Provision of Vehicle.

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FAA/PACT Agreement

Standard Day is a work period of nine hours, including a one hour unpaid meal break, between the hours of 0700 and 2200. Any time worked earlier than 0700 or later than 2200 is payable at the night overtime rate.

Continuous Day is a work period of seven hours, on which there is no requirement for any meal breaks, between the hours of 0700 and 2200. Again, any time worked earlier than 0700 or later than 2200 is payable at the night overtime rate.

Shift Call is a work period of four hours, taking place between the hours of 0600 and 2300.

 

Broken Meal Payments

Late Lunch is paid if no break is given within 6 hours of the call time (or 0700, depending on which is later) on a Standard Day call.

Short Lunch (broken lunch) is paid if the meal break is less than an hour on a Standard Day call.

Late Supper (broken supper) is due if work continues after 13 hours without a 1 hour meal break.

Supplementary fees

 

Category A: Haircut (scissors or clippers applied to hair, sideburns, beard, eyebrows) Clothing change. (Unused clothing change at £6.25)

Category B: Doubling, Special clothing (eg evening wear), Sports equipment, Inclement weather/wetting down

Category C: Discharge of firearms, Swimming, Driving, Photographic stills, Minimal dialogue (up to 10 words), Specialised dancing, Handling domesticated animals 

Category D: Creative reaction, Provision of uniforms (police, paramedic, military etc), Specialised driving, Provision of car

Category E: Lookalike doubling, Stand-in, Dialogue (more than 10 scripted words)

Travel Allowances

ITV Rates

Walk-on 1: The artist is not required to give individual characterisation nor to speak any word or line of dialogue. Crowd noises shall not be deemed to be dialogue in this context. Night rates are one and a half times the day rates.

 

Walk-on 2: Non-speaking is not required to give individual characterisation but who is required to impersonate an identifiable individual subject under individual direction. Night rates are one and a half times the day rates.

Walk-on 3: Speaking, In addition to carrying out the functions set out in Walk-on 2 shall also be required to speak a very few unimportant words where the precise words spoken do not matter. Night rates are one and a half times the day rates.

Crowd Rates (41+): ITV productions will sometimes book a large crowd of over 41 people which reduces their rates to the crowd rates below.

Supplementary fees:

 

BBC Rates

Standard Day: A continuous period of 9 hours to include up to 8 Hours of Work and a meal break of not less than one hour. An aggregate of up to 30 minutes Travel Time may be scheduled over and above 9 hours without additional payment.

Continuous Day: Provided that agreement has been reached between the BBC and the Walk-On and Supporting Artist a continuous working period of seven hours without a meal break (‘Continuous Work Day’). Such continuous periods will normally take place between 07.00 hours and 19.00 hours, or 20.00 hours and 08.00 hours.

Supporting Artiste: The Supporting Artiste is not required to give individual characterisation in a role or speak dialogue other than crowd noise or reaction.

Walk-on Rates: Walk-on Artist is not required to give individual characterisation in a role but may be required to impersonate an identifiable individual, to accept individual direction and to speak a few unscripted unimportant words where the precise words spoken do not matter.

BBC Multi-episodic: When the artist appears in more than one episode that is recorded in the day, an additional 50 percent of the fee will be due.

 

Commercials

Commercials will be booked on the rates below unless a buyout is negotiated. Night shoots are usually negotiated on a job by job basis but for standard days we will usually operate on the rates below.

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