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Modern Family Cast Sues Studio Over Salary

The titular characters in ABC's sitcom Modern Family have always been dysfunctional, but now they're banding together to pick a fight with a common enemy: 20th Century Fox Television.

Six of the adults in the show's cast have banded together to demand an increase in salary. After salary negotiations broke down this week, Ty Burrell, Julie Bowen, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, Sofia Vergara, and Ed O'Neill are suing 20th Century Fox Television, hoping to void their contracts with the studio.

The cast had rejected an offer from the studio on Monday, which reportedly offered them $200,000 per episode in season 4, steadily increasing the salary each year. The offer also specified that their salaries would increase to $325,000 per episode if the series reaches nine seasons. The cast members want twice that figure if the series lasts nine seasons.

The sextet's lawsuit argues that their deals violate California's "Seven Year Rule," which states that contracts such as these cannot last for longer than seven years. The same tactic was used by the cast of Friends back in the 1990s.

The actors reportedly made around $65,000 an episode during the show's third season. save for O'Neill, who is estimated to have made around $105,000 per episode.

Ed O'Neill originally did not plan to sue alongside the other five cast members, as his salary is arranged differently than theirs, but joined the lawsuit as a plaintiff as an act of solidarity.

The lawsuit, if not settled quickly, could result in production delays for the show's upcoming fourth season; a table read Tuesday morning was cancelled because the cast members refused to show up.

As it is, Modern Family is expected to premiere on ABC this fall.


Details
Show:
- Modern Family
Person:
- Julie Bowen
- Sophia Vergara
- Ty Burrell
- Ed O'Neill
- Jesse Tyler Ferguson
- Eric Stonestreet
Network:
- ABC

Written by: mcpherson
Jul 24th, 2012, 6:21 am

tinalessia

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Since: 12/Oct/07
Message Posted On Jul 25th, 2012, 4:23 pm

sounds a little like sour grapes if you ask me.

 

Anonymous

Message Posted On Jul 25th, 2012, 12:43 pm
Haha, some of you people are real sheep. How does an acting job match up to any job that requires actual hard labour with risk to your body and health like many of us have. All they do is sit around all day waiting for all the other people there actually doing work like building scenes or behind the computer nowadays to finish up so they can mess having to remember a couple lines of text. Or do you think Ed Oneil is behind the camera when he's not in a scene and they have to use one of those 10 sec timers when it's a full cast shot. I bet some have not one but two assistants to help them sit around too. Scum is what they are and I hope they fire all of them, show ending or not. I love the show but this is nonsense.
K2

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Since: 13/Jun/10
Message Posted On Jul 25th, 2012, 9:52 am

It may seem greedy to us but maybe there is things we don't understand or know. All of the actors seem to be good people who love their jobs. They wouldn't put the show at risk for nothing. Let's not judge them.

 

Sebrioth
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Since: 26/Oct/05
Message Posted On Jul 25th, 2012, 7:10 am

well the alternative would be the production companies get it all, needs to be balance

tinalessia

Level 2 (66%)
Since: 12/Oct/07
Message Posted On Jul 24th, 2012, 2:21 pm

People think celebreties have it so good and that they barely work. They have no idea what kind of tediousness and long hours goes into a tv production. Give em what they want!

Anonymous

Message Posted On Jul 24th, 2012, 11:42 am
let them void the contracts and stop the show, that'll teach them
mcw

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Message Posted On Jul 24th, 2012, 10:52 am

Wow, they were getting 65k per episode last season with an offer of 200k per episode for this coming season, and they're still crying? Last season had 24 episodes!

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