'Modern Family' Cast Reaches Deal To End Standoff: [ send to a friend ]
Following a week of intense salary negotiations, cancelled table reads and lawsuits, the 'Modern Family' salary negotiation drama has come to a conclusion.
The six adult actors on ABC's top-rated comedy have agreed in principle to new contracts with producer 20th Century Fox Television.
Series star's Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet and Sofia Vergara [photos] will receive substantial raises compared to their current salaries of about $65,000 per episode at about $170,000 or $175,000 an episode for the upcoming season.
The cast members had asked for as much as $200,000 per episode in their lawsuit. There are also reports that all the cast members will now receive a small cut of the show's back-end profits, which can add up to a significant sum for a syndicated comedy.
The cast has agreed to add one year to their existing seven-season contracts and to drop the lawsuit filed Tuesday in exchange for their increased salaries.
"We are pleased to report that we have closed new agreements with the six adult cast members of Modern Family," says a 20th TV spokesperson. "The lawsuit will be dropped as part of the agreement. Principal photography of season four episodes begins Monday as scheduled."
The agreement allows the fourth season to begin production right on schedule for its September 26 premiere. The comedy was recently nominated for 14 Emmy Awards, the most of any sitcom.