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Modern Family cast members suing to void contracts

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by fmowry, Jul 25, 2012.

  1. Jul 25, 2012 #1 of 111
    fmowry

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    jilter

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    That should be it for the show's glory days. Contempt and resentment do not make a positive work environment. These people are unbelievable. Many many people can not support their families in this country, and these actors are making gobs of money. Yeah, let's sue the people who enable us to ride in limousines and such. That's the ticket.
     
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    Cainebj

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    The "people" who allowed them to ride in limousines are going to be rolling in the dough since the show was just sold to syndication.

    It is ridiculous to be sure considering this is the kind of money ordinary people will never see -
    but they're just trying to get an equitable piece of the pie.
     
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    plateau10

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    And this is why networks love reality TV. Put a dozen or so people on and let them fight each other for half of what these actors make per episode. :)

    Edit: I didn't realize how little they were being paid right now. The above statement was based on the last few seasons of Friends. I think they need to cough up the dough for these actors, actually.
     
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    NatasNJ

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    You do realize their bosses are making even larger gobs of money? Why aren't they held to the same level of greed? These actors just want to be paid what stars of a HIT show typically get going forward. Nothing wrong with it.
     
  6. Jul 25, 2012 #6 of 111
    busyba

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    "The suit filed Tuesday ... argues that their contracts with 20th Century Fox Television violate a California law prohibiting personal service contracts from extending for more than seven years."

    Hasn't this argument been tried before and failed? Seven-year contracts for a new TV show are the industry standard (and if the show becomes a hit, typically there are renegotiations all around... it's just that in this instance, the renegotiations reached an impasse).

    I would have thought the question of the legality of the seven year contract would have been definitively resolved by now, since it's been in use for so long.
     
  7. Jul 25, 2012 #7 of 111
    Frylock

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    They were not forced to sign the contract in the first place. They chose to. If they didn't like the offer then, they should not have signed it.
     
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    BradJW

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    How little are they paid? From what I recently read, Sofia Vergara was one of the wealthiest women on TV Today.
     
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    plateau10

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    She is, but she does a lot of other stuff.

    The article I read said this:

     
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    busyba

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    And those numbers represent a raise. That's peanuts for a hit show. The leads on Friends were pulling in a million per episode by the end, IIRC.
     
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    Maui

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    It's hard to feel sympathy for any of them, actors or the show creators.

    I saw one article that said they were offered pay raises that would bump them from 65,000 an episode to 150,000 an episode. For a 22 episode season that is a jump from 1.43 million a year to 3.3 million a year.

    Obviously I don't know the other terms of the contracts but that seems like a nice bump to me.
     
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    Maui

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    This show is not the juggernaut Friends was.

    Even the main three actors of the Big Bang Theory only make about $200,000 per episode and it a higher rated show.
     
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    busyba

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    In a vacuum devoid of context, yes, it is.
     
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    busyba

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    I'm not saying they should get Friends money, I'm just providing some context.

    That's it? They need better agents. :)

    Seriously though... BBT is being syndicated all over the place right now. They must be getting a serious piece of that, one way or the other.
     
  15. Jul 25, 2012 #15 of 111
    BradJW

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    4.4 million for a season?
    They may deserve more (based on other shows) but 4.4 million for 22 episodes is not that shabby.
     
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    cheesesteak

    cheesesteak Meh.

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    Anybody who is calling them greedy would probably be doing the same thing they're doing if the shoe was on the other foot.
     
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    fmowry

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    My problem is while I like the show, aside from Sofia Vergara and Ty Burrell, the others are totally expendable.

    Julie Bowen can argue she should make more because of all the money she saves them in not using the food services.
     
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    busyba

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    HEY-OOOO! :D
     
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    fmowry

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    Did Sofia Vergara give money back for "Knights of Prosperity" or "Dirty Sexy Money"?

    I wonder how much the writers are getting?
     
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    busyba

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    And that's the reason why the initial contracts are for the industry minimum, and then renegotiated if the show becomes a hit.
     

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