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Posted Wednesday 10/17/18 at 3:23PM EDT
Westworld's main stars score Season 3 raises
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, Ed Harris and Thandie Newton's salaries are being bumped to $250,000 an episode in advance of the third season, reports The Hollywood Reporter. Their previous salaries were in the $100,000 to $150,000-per-episode range. What is interesting is that James Marsden and Tessa Thompson are not among the actors getting raises, which could leave their Westworld future in doubt.
Posted Saturday 10/13/18 at 3:11AM EDT
Claire Foy reveals she was "deeply hurt" by The Crown pay gap revelation because it was a "big, fat, dirty secret"
Source: Page Six
“I was deeply hurt by it,” she tells Net-a-Porter magazine, “because I’d been working on that show for two years. I loved everybody on it. And then I realized, there’s been a big, fat, dirty secret that nobody’s ever talked about.” She adds: “But then there was also that thing (of being) an inadvertent spokesperson. Why did it have to be me? I could have said nothing. And I think everyone would have preferred that. But I thought, if I do that, I will be cheating myself and all the other women I know.”
Posted Wednesday 10/03/18 at 9:05PM EDT
Japanese anime fans are shocked to learn The Simpsons voice actors make a boatload of money
While each Simpsons actor brings home $6 million per season, the highest-paid voice actor in anime earns about $630,000 per gig, while other famous stars half of that salary. “I wish the Japanese anime industry could pay creators, the foundation the industry is built on, like the Simpsons cast gets paid,” one fan admitted.
Posted Tuesday 9/25/18 at 1:05PM EDT
This Is Us stars are set to earn $250,000 per episode after renegotiating their contracts for massive pay raises
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz and Justin Hartley will all see their salaries bumped up to $250,000 per episode, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The five central cast members started out earning separate pay checks, with Ventimiglia taking home $115,000 per episode, nearly triple Metz's $40,000 per episode. It's unclear if the show's other stars, including Susan Kelechi Watson and Chris Sullivan, earned raises.
Posted Friday 8/17/18 at 1:55PM EDT
Matt Smith's advice to his successor on The Crown: Make sure you have equal pay
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Smith alluded to the unequal pay controversy between him and co-star Claire Fox during a visit to James Corden's Late Late Show. Asked if he had any advice for Tobias Menzies, the new Prince Philip, Smith said: "God, make sure they pay you enough … and make sure it's even." ALSO: Terry Crews and Smith turn The Crown into a CBS cop show.
Posted Thursday 8/16/18 at 10:40PM EDT
13 Reasons Why stars score major pay raises for Season 3
The core eight stars of the Netflix high school drama will each get a raise as filming for Season 3 begins. Deadline reports Dylan Minnette will be the highest-paid actor, earning $200,000 per episode. The other seven core cast members will earn $135,000 an episode, with their salary going up to $150,000 if the show is renewed for Season 4.
Posted Thursday 8/09/18 at 2:00PM EDT
13 Reasons Why cast expected to receive major raises for Season 3
The first table read for the third season is scheduled today, and Deadline reports that negotiations with the eight core cast members were ongoing as of last night. Of all the cast members, Dylan Minnette is seeking the highest pay raise, to $200,000 per episode.
Posted Friday 7/27/18 at 1:14PM EDT
Claire Foy says she's received back pay for The Crown
Foy rebutted a Daily Mail report that claimed she was given £200,000 in back pay because of her lesser salary than co-star Matt Smith. "That was what was reported that I was back paid," she told Al-Arabiya English. "I’ve never mentioned anything about it and neither have the producers. The fact that that is 'fact' is...not quite correct."
Posted Thursday 7/26/18 at 1:45PM EDT
Lauren Cohan sheds light on her The Walking Dead contract negotiation
Source: Just Jared
“In a time of parity in our industry and in my show….it wasn’t actually that I was asking for more, it was that my contract finished,” she said in an interview on Andy Cohen's SiriusXM radio show. “So, it’s a pretty standard negotiation. But it’s also sort of time for me to explore comedy and happier fare. So the good news, which is good for me and I hope good news for fans, is that my Walking Dead story is open. It’s not finished, and a very good mentor of mine said to me last year ‘Stop trying to decide, you’re just going to do all of it.’” ALSO: Cohan insists Maggie's story is "not finished."
Posted Saturday 7/21/18 at 9:16PM EDT
Bristol Palin to earn $250,000 for her first season of Teen Mom OG
Source: Us Weekly
If she returns for a second season of the MTV reality show, her salary will be bumped up to $300,000 -- and $350,000 for Season 3, reports Us Weekly.
Posted Friday 7/13/18 at 11:36PM EDT
Iain Armitage's Young Sheldon salary revealed
The child actor, who turns 10 this month, was making $30,000 for each of Season 1's 22 episodes. For Season 2, that salary goes up to $31,200 per episode, which means he'll surpass $1 million in earnings next season.
Posted Wednesday 5/30/18 at 9:55PM EDT
Continuing Roseanne without Roseanne Barr is "a long shot" -- "possible but not probable"
Executive producer Tom Werner is expected to meet with showrunner Bruce Helford and Sara Gilbert in a few days after cooling off from the Tuesday's abrupt cancelation "to kick around possible ideas for continuing the show without Barr," according to Deadline. It makes sense for Carsey-Werner Television, which owns and produces Roseanne, to want to keep the series going since the stars are already under contract for next season and they love working together. "Still, there are a lot of hurdles, from coming up with a concept that will live up to the high creative bar set by the original series to changing the name of the show," reports Deadline's Nellie Andreeva, pointing out that ABC is not involved in any discussions to continue the series without Barr. She adds: "An informed source close to the situation said pulling off an offshoot series with the rest of the Roseanne cast is 'possible but not probable.' Another source called it 'a long shot.' If it comes together, Roseanne 2.0 would likely not be ready for fall. if it doesn’t, the focus will shift to who will get paid for the aborted Season 11. I hear there have been no conversations yet with the Roseanne cast, writers or crew about compensation but such talks should be forthcoming if the Hail Mary pass to salvage the show does not work." There is also the issue of Barr and her Twitter account. She's already attacked co-stars Michael Fishman and Gilbert. If Roseanne carries on without Barr, says Andreeva, her "shadow will be looming large in the background."
- ABC/Disney could be on the hook for "tens of millions of dollars" since Roseanne stars should get their full Season 2 paycheck -- but it's unclear if the writers will be paid
- Roseanne writer Bruce Rasmussen says "it was just brutal" being connected with the show: "It was hard for us once we started airing and we started to see some of the stuff that came out. It was just brutal: ‘How dare they give her a show? How dare they write for her?’ It was a certain amount of pressure. You’re the No. 1 show, and people are coming after you on the web and you’re getting attacked by 50 percent of the press.”
- A writer's assistant says Roseanne Barr was unlike her Twitter persona in the writers' room: pleasant and considerate
- Why Roseanne without Roseanne Barr won't work: "There’s a reason why the Roseanne reboot was so popular, for better or worse: Roseanne Barr," says Joel Keller. "Her unique stamp on her original show built up millions of fans over the nine years it was on the air the first time around, and the 25 years it was on in syndication." Plus, he adds, "without Barr, they’d likely see The Connor Family as just a bunch of 'snowflakes' complaining about not having healthcare. Given Roseanne‘s ratings decline from its premiere as the show went on, losing almost half of the premiere’s audience, ABC likely would have seen a further decline as people checked out the re-reboot and decided to switch to something else."
- Tom Arnold says Roseanne Barr "wanted" the cancelation to happen: "If it hadn’t happened yesterday, this season would have been so awful for everyone every day because she would have felt like she was (being) taken advantage (of), just like when I left the show."
- Jimmy Kimmel was criticized for defending Roseanne on Twitter: "What @TheRealRoseanne said is indefensible, but angrily attacking a woman who is obviously not well does no good for anyone," he tweeted. "Please take a breath and remember that mental health issues are real. The Roseanne I know could probably use some compassion and help right now."
- Why Sara Gilbert and Emma Kenney were "delusional," displaying "phony smarm," with their response to Roseanne's tweets
- Lecy Goranson tweets she's "devastated" by cancelation, "but more devastating are the effects of hate speech and racism on individuals and society"
- Former Trump campaign aide wants to hire Roseanne Barr for his new online streaming platform
- A TV critic regrets not taking Roseanne Barr's past tweets seriously enough in her positive reviews of the Roseanne revival
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar says "The Bad-Taste Joke defense just doesn’t work in this case": "You can’t have read a book or newspaper, watched a movie or a television show, or just lived in America for the past 200 years without knowing that any reference to an African-American and an ape is textbook racism. Also, her odd, inaccurate and deliberately inflammatory reference to the Muslim Brotherhood to her average Twitter follower will seem like a slam to all Muslims."
- TV Guide magazine's 1989 cover featuring Roseanne Barr and Bill Cosby goes viral
Posted Wednesday 5/30/18 at 2:14PM EDT
Norman Reedus is in talks for a $20 million Walking Dead deal as Andrew Lincoln exits
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Reedus is set to replace Lincoln as the face of The Walking Dead. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Reedus "is in the midst of negotiating a rich new deal that will pay him more than $20 million as he will become the new No. 1 on the call sheet." Reedus has already begun working on Season 9 amid the negotiations. Meanwhile, Lincoln will be phased out of the AMC series over six episodes, just like co-star Lauren Cohan. With Lincoln's exit, as Miles Surrey notes, "The Walking Dead has entered genuinely uncharted territory for the first time in its history. Leaning on Reedus to carry the load is sensible, but make no mistake: This will be a different show seven episodes from now. And while AMC has happily and unironically embraced the idea of continuing The Walking Dead for another 100 episodes, losing Rick could be the first time the show’s endgame is seriously considered. The Walking Dead has always been The Grimes Show, and now it’ll be forced to find a new way to tell a story. After seasons of drudgery, it’s hard not to look at that as a positive."
Posted Friday 5/25/18 at 10:33AM EDT
Poldark producer defends Aidan Turner making more money than co-star Eleanor Tomlinson
Source: Digital Spy
Tomlinson recently pointed out the unequal pay, telling Red magazine: "While at the beginning that might have been okay – he was a bigger star than me – now I don't think so," she said. "We're equal leads of the show, so I'd be pretty upset if the gap hadn't closed." Poldark producer Mammoth Screen defended its decision to pay Turner more, noting that Turner is playing the title character of Ross Poldark and he has "significantly more screen time than any other character."
Posted Thursday 5/17/18 at 9:56AM EDT
Arrested Development cast to get a pay bump for remixed Season 4 episodes
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Producer 20th Century Fox will compensate the actors for seven episodes. The remix expanded Season 4 from 15 to 22 episodes.