The Simpsons To Be Axed Over Contract Dispute
October 5, 2011 by staff
The Simpsons To Be Axed Over Contract Dispute, Negotiations between the six central voice actors – Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria and Harry Shearer – and a study of twentieth Century Fox TV have led to a dispute after the company told them that must have a 45 percent wage cut.
The cast – currently takes home around 8 million each series – allegedly had offered a 30 percent reduction in exchange for a small percentage of the profits taken from global syndication of the show and its related products, which was rejected .
A source tells The Daily Beast: “Fox is taking the position that if it can not reduce the production costs very dramatically, they will pull the plug on new shows.
“The program has made billions in profits in recent years and will continue as far as the eye can see. The actors are willing to accept a pay cut of about a third, but that’s not good enough for Fox” .
A spokesman said the Fox Television show – created by Matt Groening and James L. Brooks – can not continue “in its current financial model,” but insisted that negotiations are ongoing.
The representative said: “We hope we can reach an agreement with the cast of voices that allows the Simpsons to go on entertaining the audience with original episodes for many years to come.”
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