'Simpson' Cast Signs New Deals
Apr. 03, 1998
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ ``The Simpsons'' won't be losing its voices next season.
Cast members of the animated Fox TV series who were pushing for raises have agreed to $50,000 per episode salaries, Daily Variety reported Friday.
Each actor will receive a $1 million bonus in the year 2005 as well, the trade paper said, quoting unidentified sources.
The deal also gives Fox the option to retain the actors who give voice to the Simpson clan for two years beyond next season, the show's 10th. The actors would receive $60,000 per episode in the 11th year and $70,000 in the 12th, Variety said.
Even with actors' salaries doubled and in some cases tripled, the final deal came in much closer to their original salaries than their demand of $150,000 per episode.
Production for next season began Thursday with a script reading attended by the entire cast, including Yeardley Smith (Lisa); Dan Castellaneta (Homer); Julie Kavner (Marge); Nancy Cartwright (Bart) and Hank Azaria and Harry Shearer (various characters).
Kavner had a previous deal already in place. Cartwright pulled away from the rest of the group early and signed her own $50,000 per episode deal last week.