What is the process and what do I need to know? *
The core obligations for using a clip from USA Motion Pictures 1960 to the present (Universal and UA Films 1948 to present) and nearly all Television Programs* are as follows:
You're paying these because the Studio is a signatory to multiple guilds/unions and ultimately on the hook for any residuals for licensing you a clip. Your license has passed this obligation on to you. All guild fees of these nature are designed to be one time, buy out payments. Your use of the clip in your project as well as the licensor's guild obligations will be satisfied for the life of your project.
The following is a calculator you can use to see the potential fees due and payable with your licensing of a Motion Picture or Television Program Clip. These fees range dynamically depending on the length and nature of your use and apply to all USA Made Feature Films and Network Television Programs released on or after January 1, 1960. These rate also apply to many Universal and United Artists films released on or after January 1, 1948.
There are many exceptions to these fees and areas where lower fees may be available. Hire a professional, experienced rights and clearances expert to help you find these savings and do everything possible to mitigate your costs and stay in compliance with your license.
Do Not Wait - You should start your licensing, review and pre-clearances as soon as you know or anticipate the need for your production. The time it takes to complete all steps in this process is dependent on the clip itself, your usage, the number of actors and estates involved and underlying rights, if any. Some can take months to complete, others can go very quickly in a matter of days.