Bellic voice actor stiffed on GTA IV royalties

Wednesday, 21 May 2008 16:52 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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Michael Hollick, the voice of GTA IV’s Niko Bellic, has received approximately $100,000 in pay from Rockstar for 15 months work and will receive no royalties at all, according to this New York Times piece.

Says the paper, “Had this been a television program, a film, an album, a radio show or virtually any other sort of traditional recorded performance, Mr. Hollick and the other actors in the game would have made millions by now. As it stands, they get nothing beyond the standard Screen Actors Guild day rate they were originally paid.”

“Obviously I’m incredibly thankful to Rockstar for the opportunity to be in this game when I was just a nobody, an unknown quantity,” said the 35 year-old Hollick.

“But it’s tough, when you see Grand Theft Auto IV out there as the biggest thing going right now, when they’re making hundreds of millions of dollars, and we don’t see any of it. I don’t blame Rockstar. I blame our union for not having the agreements in place to protect the creative people who drive the sales of these games.

“Yes, the technology is important, but it’s the human performances within them that people really connect to, and I hope actors will get more respect for the work they do within those technologies.”

Much more through the link.

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