July 24, 2012 at 12:17 pm #252400July 24, 2012 at 12:19 pm #252402
And so it begins . . . but I think it is funny that Ed O’Neill is pretty much staing in his lane and saying “y’all do you, and Ima do me”.July 24, 2012 at 1:04 pm #252403
Looks like O’Neill is joining in the fun.
“UPDATE: A source close to the negotiations tells THR that O’Neill has decided to join his castmembers as a plaintiff in the lawsuit out of solidarity. O’Neill has his own salary beef with 20th TV but he is paid on a different track and was thus not involved in the original plans to sue.”July 24, 2012 at 1:24 pm #252404
Get ready for Modern Family: Midseason. I actually like that ides b/c it allows more time to focus on fewer episodes. But they’ll probably just throw them each a million and be done with it. Good actors know how to milk it for what it’s worth.July 24, 2012 at 1:26 pm #252405
Well the cast are on a ratings juggernaut show, and if i read correctly were only getting paid 60,000 an episode, so wanting more money makes alot of sense.July 24, 2012 at 1:29 pm #252406
Wow. Looks like all of this award attention is starting to get to all of their heads. It will be interesting to see how this turns out.July 24, 2012 at 1:31 pm #252407
^^^It’s really not the awards. They’re making $60,000 an episode (apart from O’Neill who makes 105K) on a show that pulled in $164 million in advertising last year. They want what they earn. I have no problem with that.July 24, 2012 at 2:05 pm #252408
There’s no problem in asking for more money.
The cast of Friend’s did it around season 7 or 8 and each member got $1,000,000 an episode.
If it’s raking in that much dough what’s the harm in them raking in some of that too…July 24, 2012 at 2:58 pm #252409
I agree. The show is getting ready to start its fourth season. The ratings are stellar. It has critical acclaim and emmys up the wazooo. Why not renegotiatie now before the show gets sold into syndication, which is where the real money is anyway. These folks are worth more than just 60K per episode.July 24, 2012 at 3:02 pm #252410
On the relative Hollywood scale, I’d say they definitely are worth more money, so it’s hard to think that the Emmy voters would want to punish them for demanding it. But what voters may not be so keen on is that they aren’t at an actual point of contract negotiation.
It seems odd to me that they’re making this stand to renegotiate their contracts when they still have four years to go. If seven-year contracts are illegal, why do they exist, and get filed? They worked under that contract for three seasons. And sure, there are people getting paid that amount and more on shows that are doing nowhere near as well in terms of ad revenue, but given their track records, it’s hard to argue that they are the reasons for that. What kind of ratings was Julie Bowen pulling in on Ed? Or Jesse Tyler Ferguson on that hotel show on Fox with Jerry O’Connell and Niecy Nash? How many people watch Eric Stonestreet’s episodes of Scare Tactics? It’s just as easy for me to argue that they do deserve more money as it is for me to argue that they’re really fortunate to have gotten onto a show with a concept and writing that people have embraced and that their continued gainful employment is the reward for the fact that the show is doing well. Besides, $65K an episode isn’t great, but for them, it’s still over a million dollars a year. And wasn’t Sofia Vergara just announced as the highest paid woman in television for last season? Not great PR for the case they’re trying to make, as she wouldn’t be anywhere near the top of such a list without this show.
I’m not rooting against them, not at all, but I can see the arguments. I don’t know how commonly this sort of thing happens or how the industry feels about it.
But I would be really surprised if ABC let Modern Family wait until mid-season. Even if they still aired a full 22-episodes schedule (which they certainly could, 30 Rock did this season), they’d lose the ratings and revenue from the repeat episodes, which still fare better than a lot of scripted shows.July 24, 2012 at 3:08 pm #252411
I too am not sure I understand the reason for the lawsuit.
I agree that $65,000/ episode is too low, but how much is enough and how much is too much? I understand the benefit in negotiating all together, but I’m curious as to what everyone thinks. Are certain members of the ensemble more worthy or valuable to the show than others? But I tend to agree with EmmyLoser.
Also, I’m curious as to the advertising revenue of other popular shows on the air right now. Does anyone know numbers for comparison purposes? With regards to “Friends”, did that show end with a huge audience? As in the numbers remained high until the end so they could justify the salaries. How do they know that “Modern Family” won’t slip off ratings wise? It’s just interesting that in the past few weeks people have been a bit hard on the show here in the forum. But then again, as long as the ratings remain, the network will be satisfied.
With regards to Sofia Vergara, she was listed as the highest paid woman in television last week, but I didn’t gather that the majority of that revenue was from her “Modern Family” salary. At $65,000/ episode, 22 episodes would amass $1,400,000 for Vergara in
the past year. They had the money that she hauled in at about $19,000,000. Her bank is definitely from her other projects. They mentioned something about her owning a media company called LatinWE, her endorsements (like Pepsi) and a lucrative clothing line. Apparently Kmart has gotten behind her clothing line and her advance from them by the end of 2012 will be about $7,000,000. Her people would be smart to highlight this fact if they use that against her.
I found that list odd anyway considering that two of the Kardashian sisters were in the top 5 and that woman Bethany Frankel was too. It was just weird to have them placed on the list to begin with because the list was “Best Paid Actresses in Television”. So my thought was that the list would comprise completely of actresses. They should have been relegated to a “Highest Paid Reality Stars” list.July 24, 2012 at 3:33 pm #252412
Oh yes, I realize Sofia Vergara’s income for the period they counted was largely from other projects; I’m just saying it seems unlikely that she would have gotten most of those if not for the popularity she’s gained through Modern Family.July 24, 2012 at 3:35 pm #252413
Ah I see. I just re-read your post about her not being anywhere near the top of the list without “Modern Family”. My bad.July 24, 2012 at 3:43 pm #252414
It’s cool. Thanks for the additional info on where Sofia Vergara makes all that money.July 24, 2012 at 4:02 pm #252415
Yeah, obviously they are still making tons of money, but getting $65,000 an episode, considering how much this show is making for the studio/company (and how much of gazillion of dollars this show will make for decades to come), they deserve more money, absolutely.