I was recently approached to score a 13 part series for a very small cable release. But it is a 13 part series so they hope it will be licensed and integrated into a school curriculum due to the nature of the show content.
When we got around to discussing the payment they tossed out figure which is not a whole lot but not peanuts either but they expect 5-6 hours of music. They did say they wanted the music as a total buyout. I mentioned that because its a lower upfront fee I wanted a piece of the backend in publishing. They said they needed all the rights so they can market the show and the station needed to have everything totally cleared.
This strikes me as total BS as I have heard composers say that I should run away from a deal where they try and take royalties from me. I thought they only needed sync and master license to air the show wherever and for as long as they want? Its the classic dangling carrot. I can use the show as a calling card and they have other shows for me to work on if this goes well in the future.... blah blah blah. I have no experience scoring to picture and no credits anywhere, so I'm totally green. I also have to do some music editing as well for this.
What would be a fair publishing deal in this case if I can persuade them to do so?