Welcome to an interesting chat with Mandy Moore, who has many talents, as she talks about the interesting world of streaming residuals. Mandy Moore is a big name in the entertainment business because of how well she acts and how much people like her music. In this interview, she talks about how she sees digital media changing and what that means for artists and producers.
Join us as Mandy talks about the pros and cons of streaming platforms and shows how important it is to pay artists fairly and give them credit for the work they do to make our screens and ears more interesting.
Mandy Moore Discusses Streaming Residuals
Mandy Moore is erect, joining the other performers. The This is Us star shared one of the primary reasons she is taking a stand while joining the picket lines as part of the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) strike.
Walking alongside Scandal alum Katie Lowes on July 18, she told The Hollywood Reporter that “the residual issue is a huge issue.” “As working actors, we’re in a very privileged position, having been a part of series that, in one way or another, gained incredible popularity…However, a lot of actors in our situation in years past were able to live off of residuals or at the very least pay their expenses.
According to Moore’s own account, she has received “very tiny, like 81-cent checks” for This Is Us’ streaming residuals. “I was talking with my business manager,” she continued, “who said he’s received a residual for a penny and two pennies.”
This Is Us, which aired on NBC from 2016 until 2022, featured the actor Rebecca Pearson. However, a partnership was made in 2017 to enable the Emmy-winning series to be viewed on Hulu in addition to appearing on network TV. Hulu has not responded to E! News request for comment.
E! News shared a post on Twitter:
Mandy Moore Speaks Out About This Is Us Streaming Residuals https://t.co/IrLqTBs0Jx
— E! News (@enews) July 19, 2023
Since midnight on July 14, SAG-AFTRA members have been on strike since the union and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) were unable to reach a new contract agreement.
Moore later went on Instagram to expand on her response to the question of why she is striking, having just revealed in a SAG-AFTRA video that she has been a member since 1999.
In a post on July 19, she stated, “I want to bring a little more clarity to a really delicate problem. Striking isn’t enjoyable. Nobody wanted it to get to this point, and I know that everyone concerned is hoping for a quick conclusion so that people may resume their jobs.
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Already disastrous is the trickle-down effect experienced by so many industries. The A Walk to Remember alum really outlined a few of the main issues performers face with their new contract. There are several issues that are clogging the pipeline, she continued, “and I spoke about one that happened to be top of mind because of a conversation I’d been having while picketing (transparency with data, wage increases, residuals, ai, etc.).”
Finally, Moore stated her want for a resolution between the AMPTP and SAG-AFTRA. As an actor, she said, “I fully acknowledge the profoundly lucky and unique position I’m in at this time. It’s one I don’t take for granted, and I also don’t assume I’ll be in it forever.”
“Our industry is unstable, and throughout my career as a performer of more than 20 years, it has ebbed and flowed. I’ve experienced incredibly difficult times where I was unable to find employment, and those were precisely the times when performers in earlier times could rely on residuals from their previous work to support them.
I’m hoping we can come up with a workable answer going forward because the world and business have changed. She stated that she will continue to use her voice up to that time to support SAG-AFTRA and its strike.
I am one person—a tiny portion of our guild—and while I am pleased to comment on issues affecting my fellow members of the @sagaftra family from whatever platform my previous employment has provided, I am aware that my experience is only mine. “Let’s hope we get a fair contract soon so we can resume the work we all adore and sorely miss doing.”