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Posted Monday 4/23/18 at 5:51AM EDT
The Crown's Matt Smith finally responds to Claire Foy pay-disparity controversy
"Claire is one of my best friends, and I believe that we should be paid equally and fairly and there should be equality for all," he told The Hollywood Reporter, adding: "I support her completely, and I'm pleased that it was resolved and they made amends for it because that what's needed to happen. Going forward, I think we should all bear in mind that we need to strive to make this better and a more even playing field for everyone involved — but not just in our industry, in all industries."
Posted Friday 4/20/18 at 1:48PM EDT
Evan Rachel Wood: "It only took 25 years" for me to have equal pay with my male co-stars
The Westworld star spoke to Jimmy Fallon about her recent salary bump that would pay her as much as her male co-stars. “I was just told that, you know, ‘Hey you’re, you’re getting equal pay.’ And I was like (gasp). And I almost got emotional,” Wood said. “I was like, ‘I have never been paid the same as my male counterparts … Never, never.’” She added: “I’ve been an actor since I was a kid, so it only took 25 years.” ALSO: Watch a Westworld Q&A abruptly end when a questioner asks Jonathan Nolan to read his screenplay.
Posted Monday 4/16/18 at 11:31PM EDT
Evan Rachel Wood: I'm now earning the same pay as my male Westworld co-stars
“I was just told that, you know, ‘Hey you’re, you’re getting equal pay,'" she tells The Wrap. "And I was like,” she said, miming a gasp. “And I almost got emotional. I was like, ‘I have never been paid the same as my male counterparts … Never, never.'”
Posted Monday 4/09/18 at 6:11PM EDT
HBO went back and corrected any gender-based pay disparities in response to the Time's Up movement
HBO programming chief Casey Bloys was asked about HBO salaries, particularly with regard to one of his executives' recent gaffe of using the word "raped" to describe the contract negotiations with the Big Little Lies cast for Season 2. Bloys says the pay raise "was 100 percent earned and well worth it." He also described one of the affects of working with Reese Witherspoon: "One of the things that’s come out of thinking about the movement and some conversations with Reese, who’s really at the forefront, is something we’ve done recently," he says. "We’ve proactively gone through all of our shows — in fact, we just finished our process where we went through and made sure that there were no inappropriate disparities in pay; and where there were, if we found any, we corrected it going forward. And that’s is a direct result of the Time's Up movement."
Posted Sunday 3/25/18 at 1:59AM EDT
Claire Foy responds to The Crown pay gap: It's odd to be at the center of a controversy you didn't ask for
“I’m surprised because I’m at the center of it, and anything that I’m at the center of like that is very very odd, and feels very very out of ordinary,” Foy tells EW. “But I’m not (surprised about the interest in the story) in the sense that it was a female-led drama. I’m not surprised that people saw (the story) and went, ‘Oh, that’s a bit odd.’ But I know that Matt feels the same that I do, that it’s odd to find yourself at the center (of a story) that you didn’t particularly ask for.”
Posted Friday 3/23/18 at 2:35PM EDT
The Crown alum Jared Harris calls Matt Smith-Claire Foy pay gap "an embarrassment"
"I think it's an embarrassment for Left Bank Pictures," says Harris, who played Elizabeth's father King George VI in Season 1 and who is the first The Crown cast member to speak about the equal pay controversy. Harris says Smith shouldn't be blamed.. "That's a function of the fact that, at the time when they made the deal, Matt Smith would have had a larger profile around the world (than Foy)," he says. "But they could've, at that point, paid her as much as him. That was their choice. And, right now, they're probably wishing they did."
Posted Thursday 3/22/18 at 1:53PM EDT
The Crown producers weren't responding to a "gotcha" question in revealing the Claire Foy-Matt Smith pay disparity
Deadline's Peter White, who moderated the INTV conference panel last week where Smith's higher pay than Foy was revealed, writes that he had met with executive producer Suzanne Mackie to discuss the #MeToo and Time's Up movements two days before she publicly admitted to the unequal pay.
Posted Tuesday 3/20/18 at 9:58AM EDT
The Crown producers apologize to Claire Foy and Matt Smith over equal pay controversy
Left Bank pictures, the production company behind the acclaimed Netflix series, released a lengthy statement offering its apology following the furor over the revelation that despite her leading role, Foy earns less than supporting actor Smith. But there was no talk about any further action. “We want to apologize to both Claire Foy and to Matt Smith, brilliant actors and friends, who have found themselves at the center of a media storm this week through no fault of their own. Claire and Matt are incredibly gifted actors who, along with the wider cast on The Crown have worked tirelessly to bring our characters to life with compassion and integrity,” Left Bank said. "As the producers of The Crown, we at Left Bank Pictures are responsible for budgets and salaries; the actors are not aware of who gets what, and cannot be held personally responsible for the pay of their colleagues.” Foy, Smith and Netflix haven't reacted publicly to last week's news, which has sparked a petition for Smith to donate some of his salary to Time's Up.
Posted Monday 3/19/18 at 12:37PM EDT
Martina Navratilova accuses BBC of paying John McEnroe 10 times her salary for their similar tennis pundit roles
"It was a shock because John McEnroe makes at least £150,000 ($210,000) ... I get about £15,000 ($21,000) for Wimbledon, and unless John McEnroe’s doing a whole bunch of stuff outside of Wimbledon he’s getting at least 10 times as much money," Navratilova said on the BBC Panorama documentary series episode devoted to "Britain's Equal Pay Scandal."
Posted Monday 3/19/18 at 12:37PM EDT
Petitioners urge The Crown's Matt Smith to donate the difference in his salary with Claire Foy to Time's Up
A Care2 petition urges Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and Smith to "show that they stand with women and do the right thing." Smith has yet to comment on last week's revelation that he is paid more than Foy, despite her leading role in The Crown.
Posted Thursday 3/15/18 at 9:45AM EDT
Could Claire Foy sue over her unequal pay on The Crown?
British employment law expert Sarah Calderwood thinks Foy has a case. "The Equality Act 2010 implies an 'equality clause' into every employment contract," she says in reaction to the pay disparity between Foy and co-star Matt Smith. "Where a woman is employed on 'like work,' 'work rated as equivalent' or 'work of equal value' to a man in the same employment, she is entitled to terms which are no less favorable than the man’s e.g. his salary. Claire Foy could bring her claim in the Employment Tribunal, however is has to be noted that there is a six-month time limit from the last day of employment and Claire could therefore be out of time to bring her claim." It's not clear when Foy stopped working on The Crown, since Season 2 premiered just three months ago. However, another employment law expert, Jennifer Pinder, suggests that Netflix's excuse that Smith was paid more because he was more famous holds up -- but only for the first season, before Foy racked up an Emmy nomination and a Golden Globe victory.
Posted Tuesday 3/13/18 at 4:57PM EDT
The Crown vows to change its pay structure after admitting Claire Foy earned less than Matt Smith
Smith came into The Crown as a former Doctor Who, which producer Suzanne Mackie said is why he earned more than co-star Foy, despite her playing the lead role of The Queen. Still, producers plan to make sure that doesn't happen for the next group of actors playing the Royals. “Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen," said Mackie at the INTV conference in Jerusalem. As TV Line's Dave Nemitz points out -- calling the revelation "embarrassing" -- Foy was hardly an unknown in joining the Netflix series. She starred in the NBC drama Crossbones and played Anne Boleyn on PBS' acclaimed Henry VIII miniseries Wolf Hall. Alan Sepinwall, meanwhile, wonders if this is why producers seem to be more interested in Prince Philip than Queen Elizabeth II. "Sure, he's more famous than she is," Sepinwall says of Matt Smith. "But if you find yourself in a situation where you have to pay him more than her, find another actor. This looks bad and is bad. And speaks to the weird myopia of a show whose creator is bored by its main character."
Posted Friday 3/02/18 at 5:52PM EST
Ex-E! producer: I was fired for allowing a Catt Sadler mention on E! Live from the Red Carpet
Amid Ryan Seacrest's sexual harassment scandal, E! Live from the Red Carpet is making more news 48 hours before its Oscars special. Aileen Gram-Moreno, who has worked as part-time producer for E! since 1990, filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Thursday, alleging she was fired after Eva Longoria said "We stand with you, Catt" at the end of an interview with Seacrest on the Golden Globes red carpet. It turns out, some of the red carpet interviews are pre-recorded, despite the show's title. And after Debra Messing criticized E! on the Globes red carpet over Sadler's allegation of unequal pay, E! instructed producers to flag any further mention of Sadler, according to Gram-Moreno. “They said, if there’s any mention of Catt in the preshow, make sure you flag it,” said Gram-Moreno. “You’re censoring celebrities; it’s just not a good idea in my humble opinion. But it wasn’t my decision.” Gram-Moreno says she listened to most of the Longoria clip, but missed the part about Sadler. E! president Adam Stotsky says there was no attempt to censor celebrities, pointing to the fact that mentions of Sadler were broadcast and that the clips are on E!'s website. He did admit, though, that E! wanted to know if Sadler's name would be mentioned ahead of time. An E! spokesperson says of Gram-Moreno: “She was asked not to return due to job performance issues. Ms. Gram-Moreno filed her legal claim after her request for a financial settlement was turned down.”
Posted Wednesday 2/28/18 at 10:47PM EST
Jennifer Lawrence detailed her problems with E! when Howard Stern brought up Ryan Seacrest
Lawrence seemed unaware of the sexual harassment allegations against Seacrest when Stern brought them up in an interview Wednesday morning, asking if she would shun him on the Oscars red carpet. “I can’t imagine him being sexual,” she said. When pressed, she added: "I don’t know. I mean there is a lot to think about with E!, you know?” Lawrence has supported Catt Sadler in the former E! News host's pay dispute with the entertainment network, and the two have reportedly teamed up for a #MeToo and Time's Up-themed TV docuseries. Speaking of Sadler, Lawrence said, "I have noticed that they keep cycling these women and I am going — that is just so you, is that so you don’t have to pay another women equally to Jason (Kennedy)? Is this just a way to still maintaining that you are not paying women equally?" Additionally, Lawrence said, "I have always had a problem with the Fashion Police. I don’t have a problem with talking about what women are wearing. There was a time there where, they were just mean, about people’s bodies, things you shouldn’t say.” Going back to the Seacrest allegations, Lawrence said, “I think it is scary, you know. He has not been to trial for anything. I am not a judge. I am not a jury, you know. I don’t know, that that, that is where this stuff gets tricky.”
Posted Friday 2/23/18 at 1:50AM EST
Dominic West: I should be paid less than The Affair co-star Ruth Wilson
Wilson said earlier this week that she was making less than her male co-stars. When asked about her comments, West told Channel 4: “In fact she should get paid more because she won a Golden Globe for the part. There was absolutely no reason for her to get paid less than me, and that’s part of what is being hopefully confronted now. You can’t get away with it anymore and there’s no reason why a producer should get away with that.”