Modern Family production comes to a halt over salary negotiations
PRODUCTION on the new series of popular comedy show ‘Modern Family’ has been halted on the first day of the new series – over stalled salary 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.
It is rumoured that Ed O’Neill, the only previously famous actor before the show began, makes $100,000(€82,000) per episode, while the rest of the cast make $60,000 (€49,000).
The six stars are now believed to be seeking an increase of their earnings to $200,000(€165,000) per episode.
As part of the action the cast have filed a Lawsuit in a Los Angeles court claiming that the initial contract they were signed on was illegal – as it locked them in for seven years. California has a law which bans contracts for services running for more than seven years.
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.