Thursday 26 July 7:00 a.m.
The cast of "Modern Family" has banded together to try and get a better pay rise from producers. Things aren’t going their way so yesterday, five of the adult stars, Ty Burrell, Julie Bowen, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet and Sofia Vergara, filed a lawsuit, asking to have their contracts voided.
Those contracts have them locked in for four more seasons . . . but they want those scrapped in favour of more lucrative deals. Production on Season Four was supposed to begin yesterday, but the cast didn't show up, so it was cancelled.
ED O'NEILL has a higher pay scale than the other adult stars because he was the biggest "name" coming into the show. But in an act of solidarity, he's joined them in their holdout.
The six main cast members started out making between $20,000 and $60,000 per episode, with Ed on the higher end. They were given a complimentary raise this past season that bumped their salaries up to between $60,000 and $105,000 per episode.
They rejected the studio's latest offer, which was $200,000 per episode for Seasons Four and Five . . . $225,000 for Season Six . . . and escalating raises up to $325,000 per episode through Season Nine.
"Modern Family" brought in $164 million in ad revenue last season, and repeats of the show sell for $1.5 million per episode.