Friday, October 07, 2011

Our National Nightmare Could Well Be OVER

Maybe.

And a relieved sigh will be heard on Hollywood Way. Maybe.

It’s high noon for The Simpsons and it appears the voice cast has blinked.

The group of lead actors is close to agreeing to a new deal to keep TV’s longest running entertainment show on the air, according to a source." ...

While the cast is ready to agree to a pay cut from the $400,000 per episode they have been making since 2008, the source said that is not as deep as the 45% reduction in salary that Fox has demanded ...

The show’s top producers, according to reports, have already agreed to reduce their current compensation, but the big difference from the cast is that several of them have “back end” deals that pay them additional amounts based on profits from all the revenue sources related to the show – such as licensing, merchandising and syndication of reruns to local TV stations. ...

The high rollers can arm wrestle over the flood of millions they've been receiving for years. Assuming this report ends up accurate, and two new seasons get green-lit, then I'm delighted for the artistic staff.

They work hard on the show, and they deserve not be get cut off at the knees because the gazillionaires can't come to a final agreement.

Add On: And the Yellow Family, it appears, is good to go for two more years.

... After tense negotiations with the voice acting cast for a renewal, Fox announced Friday afternoon that the longest running comedy in history will return for a 24th and 25th season. ...

And The Simpson artists can now breathe that sigh of relief.

4 comments:

KC Johnson said...

The artists sigh a collective sigh of relief as we've heard word that the actors have signed for two more years!

Whether you love or hate the show, or are on or off the "gravy train," more seasons of animation jobs is good for everybody. :-)

Steve Hulett said...

You got there ahead of me.

Anonymous said...

This is wrong. The voice actors should've said "You're gonna cancel the show if we don't take a pay cut?? We have enough cash to be comfortable for the rest of our lives. Do it, a-holes!" and Fox would've blinked.

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