Although there may not be union requirements or P&H contributions governing the employment of non-union talent, staying on top of the labor laws and established hiring practices can be more of a challenge. Our talent payroll team is a sought-after resource when it comes to state & federal labor laws, allocating lump-sum payments between session and use, and providing insight on projects that may cross over to union jurisdiction.
Originally, a “buyout” meant the performer agreed to let the employer use their image and performance in perpetuity. Such buyouts are very rare.
The ad industry typically uses ‘buyout’ to reference a non-union talent deal with a lump-sum payment for both the session (when the performer works) and use (continued use of their likeness and performance). However, the use often has terms that require tracking and renewals. To assist you in the proper hiring of non-union talent, The TEAM Companies provide:
The Union & Non-Union Challenge
Most producers hiring talent know that they cannot mix union and non-union performers on a shoot. Yet many producers run into problems trying to incorporate an element produced under union jurisdiction into their non-union production or vice-versa. Common situations include: