There are no upfront costs for joining ASDACS; we instead deduct fees when we distribute any royalties that are due to you. ASDACS is a not-for-profit organisation and the fees we collect go toward our running costs so we can continue to service our members.
If you’re a member of the ADG or DEGNZ, our 10% membership fee charged on royalties is waived.
Whilst we primarily represent Australian and New Zealand directors, ASDACS’ membership is open to all nationalities.
Dual membership with another collection society or guild, such as Directors UK, Directors Guild of America or the Directors Guild of Canada is possible; however you will have to specify the works you’d like us to collect for and the territories you would like us to collect from.
ASDACS distributes royalties once a year, commencing between July - December. This is for the previous year’s royalties and gives us a chance to prepare and check all of the data and associated income we receive.
We’ll contact you during our annual distribution with further instructions on what to do to collect.
We will provide a credits form to fill out when you join ASDACS. We will also contact you from time to time to update or verify your titles. However, if you have anything to add in the meantime, we ask our members to complete this credits form and return via email or post.
Currently directors do not have any rights within New Zealand, but the DEGNZ are campaigning to change this (with ASDACS' support).
Since 2005, directors have held retransmission rights (free to air broadcasts simultaneously retransmitted by another service, such as payTV), however these rights can be assigned to another party (such as a producer, broadcaster or distributor). We recommend you use this clause in your next director’s contract so we can register your work with Screenrights and ensure you receive your retransmission income.
If you have retained retransmission rights in your director’s contract, then you have the option of checking the ‘Voluntary Rights holder Scheme’ box on your membership form and ASDACS will then register your works with Screenrights.
If you’re already registered with Screenrights, then there’s a good chance you’re registered to collect the same rights that ASDACS would register you for – retransmission rights - so it’s best to check your registration before you request that ASDACS register your works with Screenrights on your behalf.
Yes ! Regardless of your domestic contractual arrangements, in many territories around the world, directors have rights that entitle you to receive royalties from the screening of your work, regardless of your contractual assignments.
ASDACS has partnerships with over 37 international collecting societies; we register your work with our partners and they send us claims lists of works that have screened in their territory. We research, verify and claim works on these lists, as well as receive data sheets along with your payment during the year.
The royalties we collect are due to the legal entitlements of a director – therefore you are only entitled to receive director’s royalties if you were attributed for your work. If you did not receive a credit for your work as a director (as per our list of eligible director credits), then we cannot distribute the associated royalties to you.
ASDACS invites all members to nominate for the board at its annual AGM in May. We will send notifications closer to the time and you’re welcome to apply.