Modern Family Production Halted Due to Salary Dispute, Cast Sues 20th Century Fox
3:40 pm, July 24th, 2012
Production on the fourth season of “Modern Family” has been delayed due to a salary standoff between several of the adult actors and the show’s producer, 20th Century Fox Television.
The cast was scheduled to sit down for its first table read on Tuesday, but the rehearsal was abruptly canceled after Ty Burrell, Julie Bowen, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet and Sofia Vergara rejected the producer’s latest offer of $150,000 per episode plus bonuses.
Soon after, the five actors filed a lawsuit in L.A. Superior Court to void their contracts.
The suit asks that their contacts be deemed illegal since they extend more than seven years, which is contrary to California law.
Burrell, Bowen, Ferguson, Stonestreet and Vergara were said to be making more than $60,000 per episode during season three, but are pushing for an increase which would garner much more than $150,000 per show for season four, and even higher salaries for the future seasons.
Ed O’Neill is not part of this particular dispute as he was already making more than $100,000 per episode last season, but he has opted to join his castmembers as a plaintiff in the suit out of solidarity.
O’Neill is also separately trying to renegotiate his contract for more money.
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