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6 of the Modern Family cast members filed a suit against 20th Century Fox Television. Ty Burrell (Phil Dunphy), Julie Bowen (Claire Dunphy), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Mitchell Pritchett), Eric Stonestreet (Cameron Tucker) and the lovely Sofia Vergara. have petitioned the court to have their current contracts voided.
Apparently California has what they call a “7 Year Rule”. As part of the union they cannot have contracts regarding personal services for longer than seven years.
I know what you are thinking….didn’t they know that the contract was illegal when it was first drafted?
Good Question! Yes, however what if the show did terrible? They would have a nice salary for seven years, but now that the show is doing awesome, they say it’s illegal so they can re-negotiate. This tactic is common in Hollywood.
Ed O’Neill who’s salary was negotiated previously decided to join the suit as a sign of unity. He didn’t want to be the only adult cast member not included thus driving a wedge into the cast. You could imagine how difficult that could make working together. Very smart move.
20th Century Fox has been in the game long enough to know that it’s typical between the third and fourth season, to renegotiate contracts. Usually at this time the cast is offered more money to stay beyond seven years. It’s set up to be a win-win, but not this time. Currently the cast is making $65,000 per episode (Ed O’Neill is rumored to be around $100K) so Fox Television upped the ante’
They cracked their wallets and offered the following salary structure:
Season 4 Salary: $150,000 per episode plus a $50,000 per episode bonus
Season 5 salary: $200,000 per episode
Season 6 Salary: $225,000 per episode
If the show goes 9 seasons the cast will be paid over $300 per episode.
NOT GOOD ENOUGH
The cast is asking for much more money and to show they mean business they have decided not to show up for the first table read for the fourth season. They are no dummies, they know that Eva Longoria was getting $400K for Housewives!
HOW MUCH DOES 20TH CENTURY EARN FROM THE SHOW?
The show averages 13.1 million viewers weekly. They earned $164 million in ad revenue not to mention drawing in 13.1 million viewers allows you to have a built in audience for any show you want to play after as well as showing ads for other ABC shows. It’s the prime launching pad. Even more money will be made when the show hits syndication.
Do the math – STUDIO MAKES $164 Million – Pays Cast 225K Per Episode * 22 Episodes * 7 Cast members = 34.6 Million. Still leaves ABC with a healthy 127.6.
Somehow I think the cast will win this one, especially if they stick together. You can get rid of one person but you can’t get rid of them all.
A rep for 20th Century Fox Television declined to comment. (Wouldn’t You?)Read more...
One of the stars, Kathy Salem, says that she was forced to play the “bad’ girl. Salem says that she was a target as the show decided to film a night out at a club. When Salem decides to make friendly conversation with an engaged man the cast of the show started to go at her, “Bad Girls” style.
The verbal tirade escalated and she was verbally attacked, had drinks poured in her face and someone even tried to rip her top off.
Salem is suing Seacrest, his production company and TV station Bravo, demanding at least $100,000 in damages.
Bravo and head man in charge, Andy Cohen, are excited about the series.
’The series follows a group of young Persian-American friends – and this is a community that exists all over the place, but if you live in LA you know that the Persian-American community is really strong.’
‘It’s really family oriented. It’s really affluent. This is a really cool, fun, funny group of people you brought to us Ryan, and I’m hoping that this is going to be our next big docu-series, and something that we’re going to be doing for a while!’
‘They also spend a lot of money. You know its great because Bravo is always putting a spotlight on different affluent lifestyles. This is a group of people that doesn’t exist on television anywhere, and that is another reason that I’m excited to do the show. Its new, and different.’
I don’t know about you but I’m ready to watch it now! It sounds like it’s going to be hot, high fashion beyatches hating each other.
That’s my type of reality show.
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