TV Residuals: “X-Files,” “Supernatural,” “Star Trek” & More

Collect residuals from such iconic TV series such as The X-Files, Supernatural, Charlie's Angels, 21 Jump Street, Baywatch, The Commish, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and more.


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Top Bid: theodoros z

Historic royalty income is no indication of future royalty income. Future royalty income is dependent upon future sales and licensing revenue generated by the sound recordings or compositions associated with this listing.

Starting Price: $300,000
Bidding Increment: $3,500
Closing Price: $506,500
End Date: Jun 09, 2021, 1:18 PM MDT
Dollar Age: 21.63 Years
Last 12 Months' Royalties: $68,751
Investment Term:

Perpetual (See Note Below)


Director's Guild of America

Rights Included:

Director's Guild Residuals

Interests Included:

Director (World)

First Distribution (paid 30 days from receipt): June 30, 2021
Distribution Frequency:

Varies (See Note Below)

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This is a rare and unique royalty stream that earns from a diverse collection of popular TV franchises. 

As the winning bidder, you will collect residuals (TV royalties) generated by nearly 300 episodes of various TV series dating from 1979 to 2008. These earnings are led by two of the longest-running sci-fi TV series of all time—Fox’s The X-Files and CW’s Supernatural—but also includes such classics as Charlie's Angels, 21 Jump Street, Baywatch, and Star Trek: The Next Generation.


Royalties for this asset are paid when the studios issue residuals to the Director’s Guild. This means they are not issued on a regular set schedule, but rather on an "as-it-happens" basis, which creates an irregular, fluctuating distribution schedule. As a result, we are unable to provide growth rate data in the Financials tab.

The top-earning series is The X-Files with 47% of the last 12 months’ residuals. Pay-TV is the highest-earning source of income with 28% of last year’s returns, followed by foreign free TV with 25%. 

Many of the episodes in this collection were released in the 1990s and early 2000s, with some dating back to the early 1980s. They continue to generate residuals from cable TV airings, on-demand streaming, and DVD/VHS sales, and other sources.  

Over the last five years, this asset has generated payments averaging about $64,000/every 12 months, with the highest-earning year totaling $73,000. 


This offering earns from some of the most popular and longest-running sci-fi TV series of all time including The X-Files, Supernatural, and Star Trek: The Next Generation

The Emmy and Golden Globe-winning The X-Files is the highest-earning series in this collection. The original series debuted in September 1993 and ran through May 2002, spanning nine seasons with 202 episodes. The hit Fox network show gained a cult following among fans before entering the mainstream zeitgeist as a conspiracy-theory cultural touchstone and remains a popular favorite on Amazon Prime. By the end of its run, it was the longest-running sci-fi series in US TV history.

That title has since been claimed by another TV series also available in this collection—the CW’s Supernatural.

Initially launched in September 2005, Supernatural racked up an impressive 15 seasons and 327 episodes before it ended in November 2020. According to Fansided, the show has one of the largest active fandoms on Tumblr. The series is available on many of the top streaming platforms including Netflix, Hulu, Prime, YouTube, Apple TV, and is airing in syndication on cable networks such as TNT. 

Other top-earning series with episodes that generate residuals: 

Click here for a list of series and episode titles

Key Drivers

Film Residuals. Royalties, in film and TV, go by the name “residuals” and are paid when a film or program is rebroadcast or distributed. Creatives are typically paid a large upfront fee for a film's theatrical release or a television show's first airing and are then paid residuals for any subsequent airing, including DVD release, broadcast TV syndication and new media use such as Netflix streaming.


The residuals included in this auction are collected and distributed by the Director’s Guild of America. The Guild, a collective bargaining organization, negotiates the residual rates with the various motion picture studios, who are required to account to the Guild’s members accordingly.

Like music royalties, TV/film residuals negotiated by the Guild do not depend on the profitability of the film. They are triggered by the subsequent rebroadcasts and uses. Different formulas apply depending on the nature of the film and where it is used.  Residuals can be based on gross receipts, telecasts, or the period of time a film is exhibited.


DGA residuals are not tied to the copyright in a film. They're negotiated by the Guild for their members and continue in perpetuity, passing to each member's successors and assigns.


The Directors Guild of America distributes residual checks to its members as the payments are received from the studios. This means they are not issued on a regular set schedule, but rather on an "as-it-happens basis," which creates an irregular distribution schedule and fluctuations. The winning bidder will receive all residual payments as they are paid. 

About the Royalty Distributor

The Directors Guild of America (DGA) is an entertainment guild that represents the interests of film and television directors and members of the directorial team in the United States motion picture industry and abroad. Founded as the Screen Directors Guild in 1936, the group merged with the Radio and Television Directors Guild in 1960 to become the modern Directors Guild of America — representing over 18,000 members worldwide. 

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