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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.”
Posted Friday 2/09/18 at 5:53AM EST
Ellen Pompeo was moved by the reaction to her stunningly frank discussion of her Grey’s Anatomy salary
Pompeo told Jimmy Kimmel she was initially “nervous” about The Hollywood Reporter article on becoming "TV's $20 Million Woman." Pompeo said she was worried she would get in trouble because “I have quite a big mouth and I’m honest to a fault, which in print can get you in trouble sometimes.” She added: “I’m grateful that it was received in the way in which I intended it to be, which was as an empowering story for woman and to also, you know, be very honest about my faults and my shortcomings.”
Posted Thursday 2/08/18 at 6:30PM EST
Catt Sadler may sue over her E! pay dispute
Sadler hinted she's contemplating legal action in an interview with fellow E! News alum Maria Menounos. “By the way," she said, "there is something called the equality — the pay act … it is unlawful to discriminate, it is sexual discrimination, so you better believe that people are going to say on record what protects them in a certain, particular instance,” she said.
Posted Monday 2/05/18 at 3:25PM EST
Maria Menounos on Catt Sadler: E! can’t pay everybody the same salary
Menounos, who has worked for E! News, Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood and Extra, cited LeBron James in defending E!'s unequal pay. "Sometimes there are those key players that are going to make more, who are seemingly doing the same thing, but have a bigger career, bigger name — a bigger name that they've built that is commanding of more money,” she tells the Associated Press. “So, there are going to be instances where it's not always equal.”
Posted Friday 2/02/18 at 3:15AM EST
Mo’Nique: Here’s a copy of Netflix's contract to prove I was offered $500,000 for a standup special
The Oscar winner posted a copy of the contract proposal on Instagram after rumors circulated that she had actually been offered $3 million. The proposal gave Netflix exclusivity over any future Mo’Nique comedy specials, at least for two years, while also restricting the use of her jokes.
Posted Wednesday 1/24/18 at 4:39PM EST
Jodie Whittaker made sure she got paid the same Doctor Who salary as Peter Capaldi
"It's an incredibly important time and the notion (of equal pay) should be supported,” the actress tell Digital Spy. "It's a bit of a shock that it's a surprise to everyone that it should be supported! I know I do not speak just on behalf of the women here, I speak on behalf of the men and the women.”
Posted Tuesday 1/23/18 at 9:15PM EST
TV actors and writers are using an anonymous Google database to compare their salaries
The separate databases, which include information about race and gender, aim to help improve salary equality. "Please help us achieve parity by sharing any info you are willing to. Thanks!!" reads the writers database, which is currently public. (The actors database is private.) Women in Film founder Melissa Silverstein, who shared the Google Doc on Tuesday, told The Hollywood Reporter earlier this month: "For women in Hollywood, the system was created to isolate them from each other and to pit them against one another. Women are taking back the power by sharing the information in a way that has never been done before."
Posted Monday 1/22/18 at 1:40PM EST
Wanda Sykes to Mo’Nique: “Netflix offered me less than half of your $500k”
Sykes tweeted in response to Monique’s claim that Netflix is “low balling women of color,” thanking her for speaking out. “I was offended but found another home. #EPIX,” she tweeted.
Posted Sunday 1/21/18 at 3:26AM EST
Tracee Ellis Ross: “There were never any threats” over equal pay and her Black-ish future
On Saturday night, the Black-ish star posted a statement on Twitter in response to reports of a Time’s Up meeting that extensively discussed her salary negotiation. In an article published last Thursday, unnamed sources told The Hollywood Reporter that "Ellis Ross feels that if she isn't brought up to (co-star Anthony) Anderson's (salary) level, she may opt to appear in fewer episodes to make up the disparity by guesting on another show.” In her statement, Ellis Ross writes that she “was in a renegotiation, like many actors find themselves in during a successful show. I wanted to be compensated in a way that matches my contribution to a show that I love for many reasons, including the opportunity it allows me to reshape what it is like to be a fully realized black woman on TV.” However, she wanted to make it clear that "the words and thoughts that were in the original article that started this public conversation were not mine; there were never any threats," and that she was never contacted by the reporter. “Having had my renegotiation become a public conversation was awkward,” she added, “but I’m grateful for the outpouring of support.”
Posted Friday 1/19/18 at 10:48PM EST
Mo’Nique calls for a Netflix boycott after she was offered a tiny fraction of what Amy Schumer made for a standup special
The Oscar winner wants Netflix to be boycotted "for gender and color bias” after she says she was offered $500,000 for a standup special. In an Instagram video, Mo’Nique argued that she deserved a deal closer to Schumer’s multimillion-dollar Netflix payday
Posted Thursday 1/18/18 at 9:48PM EST
Report: Tracee Ellis Ross is threatening to reduce her work on Black-ish if she doesn’t receive pay on par with Anthony Anderson
Ellis Ross earning significantly less than her co-star was discussed at a recent Time’s Up meeting, according to The Hollywood Reporter’s Tatiana Siegel. She reports that “with negotiations for the fifth season ongoing, sources say Ellis Ross feels that if she isn't brought up to Anderson's level, she may opt to appear in fewer episodes to make up the disparity by guesting on another show. The tactic has split opinions within Time's Up, with some worried that it's more a retreat than a forward-looking solution (fitting in extra work isn't always feasible, and often an actress wouldn't earn as much guesting as she would as a network star). A network source says a new deal will significantly increase her compensation and cautioned that Anderson and Ellis Ross' roles aren't equal given that he has been attached to Black-ish from the start and is an executive producer.” But as Siegel notes, this kind of discussion wouldn’t have happened without the recent discussion about equal pay.
Posted Wednesday 1/17/18 at 1:13PM EST
Thanks to Apple, Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman will each make about $1 million per episode for Big Little Lies Season 2
Witherspoon and Kidman made between $250,000 and $350,000 an episode for Season 1, but they weren’t signed on for Season 2 since Big Little Lies was originally a limited series. But since Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston are making “upward of $1.25 million per episode” for their new Apple television show, Kidman and Witherspoon’s have scored a big pay raise — “$1 million-an-episode ballpark” — to sign on for Season 2 of their HBO series, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “Those numbers skyrocketed for season two not only because of the show's success, but also because of the precedent of the massive payday Witherspoon scored from Apple,” says The Hollywood Reporter.
Posted Wednesday 1/17/18 at 10:38AM EST
Ellen Pompeo signs $20 million deal to stay with Grey’s Anatomy two more seasons, reveals how Patrick Dempsey affected past negotiations
Pompeo’s new deal will make her TV’s highest-paid drama actress and keep her on the ABC series for Seasons 15 and 16 while also making her a producer. According to The Hollywood Reporter, she’ll make “$575,000 per episode, along with a seven-figure signing bonus and two full backend equity points on the series, estimated to bring in another $6 million to $7 million. She also will get a producing fee plus backend on this spring's Grey's spinoff as well as put pilot commitments and office space for her Calamity Jane production company on Disney's Burbank lot.” In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter about her new deal, Pompeo recalled her past battles for pay: “For me, Patrick (Dempsey) leaving the show (in 2015) was a defining moment, deal-wise,” she said. “They could always use him as leverage against me — ‘We don't need you; we have Patrick’ — which they did for years. I don't know if they also did that to him, because he and I never discussed our deals. There were many times where I reached out about joining together to negotiate, but he was never interested in that. At one point, I asked for $5,000 more than him just on principle, because the show is Grey's Anatomy and I'm Meredith Grey. They wouldn't give it to me. And I could have walked away, so why didn't I? It's my show; I'm the number one. I'm sure I felt what a lot of these other actresses feel: Why should I walk away from a great part because of a guy? You feel conflicted but then you figure, ‘I’m not going to let a guy drive me out of my own house. So, what does it look like when he leaves the show? First, it looks like a ratings spike, and I had a nice chuckle about that. But the truth is, the ink wasn't even dry on his exit papers before they rushed in a new guy”: Martin Henderson.
Posted Wednesday 1/10/18 at 10:24PM EST
Mary Hart reveals she had her own Catt Sadler-like pay disparity dispute
The legendary former Entertainment Tonight host is speaking out after Catt Sadler’s E! News exit, saying that her pay dispute happened before ET. "I had one male counterpart who really wanted to make sure I knew he made a lot more money than me," says Hart. "But we didn't work together for long."
Posted Tuesday 1/09/18 at 6:45PM EST
E! boss says there’s a “lot of misinformation out there” about Catt Sadler’s pay
“Catt Sadler and Jason Kennedy had different roles and therefore different salaries.” E! boss Frances Berwick said at the TV press tour. “Catt was focused on daytime, Jason Kennedy is on prime evening news and the red carpet…Our employees’ salaries are based on their roles and their expertise, regardless of gender. So we wish Catt well, but I hope that sets the record straight.” ALSO: Pitch Perfect writer Kay Cannon says E! boss gave a “turdburger answer” about Sadler.