'Modern Family' cast settles lawsuit, signs through eight seasons
The showdown between 20th Century Fox Television and the cast of its hit show Modern Family has already ended, less than a week after the six adults filed a lawsuit to terminate their seven-year contracts. Given that this is a common negotiating tactic on solid TV shows, we don't know exactly how contentious you can call it, but hey, more Modern Family!
Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet and Sofia Vergara will be getting a raise from $105,000 per episode for the third season to a little more than $170,000 or $175,000, including back-end bonuses, the Hollywood Reporter says. That's less than the $200,000 they wanted, but that's not shabby for a 22-episode season, mind you.
Previously only Ed O'Neill, who initially made more than the other five cast members, had a deal for residual profits, but he'll still be getting more of the back end than everyone else, even after joining the crew's lawsuit in an act of solidarity. That's one of the perks of seniority.
The cast also added one year to their contract, agreeing to an eight season at $350,000 per episode, but balked at a ninth, which Fox wanted to ensure they had the cast locked into the ABC hit until the rapture. The group had sued July 24 under the pretense that their contract violated California's laws prohibiting personal services contracts set for more than seven years. If suing under that law is so common, maybe the networks should start making contracts last six years, you know?
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