A contract dispute between the cast and producers of the ABC
series Modern Family was threatening a shutdown on the fourth season of the highly rated show, but has since been settled with a negotiation.
Sofia Vergara, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell all failed to show up for a “table read,” where the cast goes through the script for the show, last week. Ed O’Neil was the only cast member to report for the reading.
The no-show actors filed a lawsuit claiming that their contracts are illegal because they exceed the seven year limit on California employment agreements. The stars who had filed the suit were making about $65,000 per episode; reports say the settlement raises their checks to $175,000
While contract disputes are familiar territory, the fact that several actors collectively walked out was ominous. In the 1990s, the six stars of the NBC sitcom Friends banded together to renegotiate their deals to about $1 million per episode.
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Source: USA Today