How do TV shows make money

Paycheck: This is what you earn around television

It can also be worthwhile to write scripts. Even when the authors sign a "Buy Out" - as is customary on commercial television. This means that they sell all rights to a work for a one-off fee. An event movie on RTL can raise up to 65,000 euros. It should be 45,000 euros for a 90-minute film - recommend legal counsel for a private TV series such as "The Last Bull" Sat 1 scripts are remunerated at 20,000 to 30,000 euros per episode. Successful series like the one just mentioned are more likely to be rewarded at the top. Renegotiating further seasons is feasible.

The ARD- "crime scene“Classified. At 27,000 euros per 90-minute issue, the basic fee is higher than for a conventional television film of the same length (23,000 euros). But it will be nice for the scriptwriter if the first one pays him the same amount again when the thriller is repeated at prime time. If the "Tatort" runs at later broadcasting times, at least another 16,000 euros come into the account. If the plant descends into the ranks of the third programs, the cash register still rings: 9,000 euros. Maximum fees for the "Tatort" are 30,000 euros - but that should then be pieces like those from Münster, which are able to captivate more than ten million viewers on a regular basis. Scripts for other series in public law are remunerated for the first time with around 14,000 euros. But for each repetition, the same fee goes to the author. But this money is not easily earned - it can take months or years before the producer and broadcaster are satisfied with the work.

But if you think that television is the El Dorado, you will have to be disappointed here at the latest. There are also people here, the ranks of hard-working people (up to 60 hours per week occur again and again, according to the union ...) and still poorly paid. Even at the high-turnover Dickschiff RTL there are editors who earn around 30,000 euros at a young age. In the technical area, remuneration has even deteriorated significantly in the past decade: After two crises in the media industry, cutters no longer sit at the cutting area for 500 euros per day, but sometimes for less than 200 euros. Interns at small broadcasters or production companies often work for free - and for the sentence: "I'm on TV!"