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Impasse Over Salaries Could Mean the End Is Near for ‘The Simpsons’

Oct 5, 2011  •  Post A Comment

The long-running animated Fox series "The Simpsons" may shut down next spring as the six actors who voice the program’s characters have reached a negotiating impasse over pay, reports the Daily Beast.

Fox is insisting that if the cast doesn’t take a 45% pay cut, "The Simpsons" will end production of new episodes, the piece notes.

In a statement, 20th Century Fox, the studio that produces the program, said: "We believe this brilliant series can and should continue, but we cannot produce future seasons under its current financial model. We are hopeful that we can reach an agreement with the voice cast that allows ‘The Simpsons’ to go on entertaining audiences with original episodes for many years to come."

The impasse comes after Fox turned down the actors’ proposal to take a 30% pay cut in exchange for a stake in the show’s back-end profits, the report notes.

The actors — Dan Castellaneta (Homer); Julie Kavner (Marge); Nancy Cartwright (Bart); Yeardley Smith (Lisa); Hank Azaria (Moe Szyslak); and Harry Shearer (Mr. Burns) — each earn about $8 million annually for 22 weeks of work, the article says. Under the studio’s planned pay cut, each would earn about $4 million per year, the piece says.

 

3 Comments

  1. Yes, the actors make good money, no doubt about it. However, the studio is crying poor as it continues to reap MILLIONS in syndication without offering any of this “back-end” money to those who are the show. Hmmmm. The big guy crying poor at the little guy’s expense. This is a totally different law of economics. Fox will earn BILLIONS so the actors should be compensated based on what the studio receives for their work. AMEN

  2. Fox may be being penny wise – but pound foolish. The prior comment is correct in that the back-end makes A LOT of money for Fox so if the actors aren’t getting a share of it and being expected to take a large pay cut, Fox is being hypocritical. Oh wait – we are talking about Fox…

  3. f*ck those greedy actors. i hope fox doesnt renew.

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