French voice over rates

French voice over rates

French voice over rate sheet

This page sets out the voice over rates I offer, the different scales applied, and what is included in these rates. Being bilingual, I work in French and also in French-accented voice over - voice over rates are the same for both languages.

You would like a customised quote? Don't hesitate to get in touch.

Why is there such a rate disparity between voice talent?

Voice over rates vary widely. A professional voice over talent will offer you higher rates than an amateur who does voice over as a hobby. Expect different results! Fortunately, your ears - and those of your clients and the consumers - will easily tell the difference between the two.
We all know that voice-overs are an investment, not an expense. It's obvious: an investment of 10 that gives a return of 1 is a bad investment. An investment of 100 that gives a return of 10,000 is a good investment.
If you employ voice over talent for projects you're working on for your clients, investing in a competent and talented voice professional will ensure you deliver high-quality work with added value - and that your clients will return with other projects.

Voice over rates always depend on a number of factors

  • the type of work (TV spot and sponsorship bumpers, corporate film, web promo, network imaging, video game, documentary, cartoon, audiobook, museum audio guide, etc.)
  • use of recording depending on type of workvoice over rates

The units used to calculate these rates also vary according to the type of work:

  • session rate for any recording made in a commercial studio or from my studio - remote monitoring by the customer (generally applicable to TV & web advertising sessions / billboards...)
  • usage fee. They apply to all recordings broadcast excluding internal communications. They are calculated mainly as a percentage of the session rate, depending on the type of broadcast medias, the duration of the broadcast and the territories covered.
  • rate per word or per finished minute for corporate films for internal distribution, internal e-learning, audiobooks (finished minute = 150 words on average)
  • package for institutional films, motion designs and web promos
  • custom rates for other projects

PLEASE NOTE: my rates are negotiable depending on the volume, and recurrence if applicable.
These rates are not contractual. They are given for information only.

Session: 300 euros (1 hour is generally sufficient for 1 spot)
Usage fee : calculated as a percentage of the session rate, applied in addition to the session rate. This reference scale is a British scale drawn up in collaboration with Equity (actors' union) and covers international usage fee.

international distribution rights schedule

Example1-year broadcast, mainland France, national TV channels: 500%, i.e. €1,500

Worth noting The length of the spot or the number of words doesn't matter.
The rate is degressive depending on the length of the broadcast, the media and the territories targeted.

Main rights applicable in addition to the session price (calculated as a percentage of the session price)

  • TV mainland France, 1 year: 500% billed, i.e. €1,500 (add 100% or €300 to include DOM-TOM)
  • France Régionale TV rights: 200% billed, i.e. €600
  • Cinema in mainland France, 1 year: 500% billed, i.e. €1,500 (add 100% or €300 to include DOM-TOM)
  • Internet - free distribution, also known as organic distribution (no purchase of space):
    Client website, Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/Linkedin accounts, Youtube/Vimeo client channels: from 50% to 200% of rights) depending on the size of the advertiser, invoiced (low bracket for small structures, specialised sectors with a limited audience).
  • Internet rights with purchase of space AND free distribution:
    - Sponsored adverts on social networks, geotargeting France, 1 year PLUS free web distribution: 450% or €1350
  • YouTube pre-roll, geotargeting France, 1 year: 300% billed, i.e. €900

Discount for 'group purchase' (example: TV + cinema + internet): please contact me.
For coverage of territories not mentioned (e.g. Belgium, Switzerland, Quebec, French-speaking Africa, etc.): please contact me.

Session: 300 euros (1 hour is generally sufficient for 1 spot)
Usage fee (also known as neighbouring rights): calculated as a percentage of the session fee, applied in addition to the session fee.

Worth noting The length of the spot or the number of words doesn't matter.

  • Internet - free distribution, also known as organic distribution (no purchase of space):
    Customer website, Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/Linkedin/TikTok accounts, Youtube/Vimeo customer channels: from €450 (session rate plus 50% in rights) to €900 (session rate plus 200% in rights).
  • Internet with purchase of space AND free distribution:
    - Sponsored adverts on social networks, geotargeting France, 1 year PLUS free web distribution: from €900 (session rate plus 200% in rights) to €1650 (session rate plus 450% in rights)
  • YouTube pre-roll, geotargeting France, 1 year: 300% billed, i.e. €900

Rates vary according to the size of the advertiser - low band for small structures, specialised sectors with a limited audience

Tailor-made rates based on volume and recurrence

Session: scale depending on the duration of the booking

1000 euros

Strictly internal, with no web or offline distribution, no exhibition/trade show presentation, etc. - such as raising safety awareness in a factory, a film explaining a product's manufacturing processes to potential customers, shown at meetings or on the intranet, etc.
300 euros / 1000 words, decreasing scale (minimum: €300)

300 euros / 1000 words, decreasing scale (minimum: €300)

To be negotiated on a case-by-case basis, rate depending on volume and recurrence

30 euros per message. Minimum: 200 euros

Session: 200 euros / hr
Decreasing scale according to the duration of the booking

These voice over rates include:

  • script preparation
  • voice over recording
  • removal of bad takes), complete file cleaning
  • sync to pictures (if film supplied)
  • playback & quality control
  • WeTransfer the recording in the format of your choice. If none is specified, the voice over industry-standard format WAV mono 24-bit / 48000 Hz (24/48) will be sent
  • retakes (if these are the result of an error on my part)

These voice over rates do not include:

  • mix with music and SFX (on request)
  • cutting and file naming for more than 20 files (€1/file)

NOTES

  • The scripts provided to me must be the final version, validated by the Client This prevents the need for a new session, saving you time and money. In the event of script changes after recording, pickups will be charged based on their quantity (minimum 100 euros).

IMPORTANT: if you are working with pictures, please provide a QuickTime file in .mov format if possible.