Saturday 23 September 2017

Truce called as Modern Family cast return to work

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 29: The cast of 'Modern Family' pose in the press room with their Outstanding Performance By An Ensemble In A Comedy Series award for 'Modern Family' during the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 29: The cast of 'Modern Family' pose in the press room with their Outstanding Performance By An Ensemble In A Comedy Series award for 'Modern Family' during the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Independent.ie reporters

PRODUCTION of hit comedy show Modern Family has resumed, as the cast have agreed to do a table reading today as a good will gesture to producers.

The show’s production had been halted over a salary dispute - however the actors have agreed to do the table reading, despite the lack of progress in the negotiations.

All six adult members of the cast – Sofia Vergara, Ed O’Neill, Ty Burrell, Julie Bowen, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet – are demanding a large pay rise to return for the new series.

The six stars are believed to be seeking an increase of their earnings from $60,000 (€49,000) per episode to $200,000(€165,000) per episode.

Ed O’Neill, who plays grandfather Jay in the show, is not involved in the lawsuit as his contract is structured differently to the others, however he has joined his cast mates’ boycott of the show out of solidarity.

The comedy show has been a massive hit for network ABC during its three series, winning eight Emmys of the 21 it has been nominated for during its short run.

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