Modern Family Cast End Contract Negotiations, Drop Lawsuit
After weeks of complicated salary negotiations between the cast of Modern Family and the show's producers, culminating in a lawsuit the show's six principal actors filed against 20th Century Fox over contract violations, a compromise has finally been reached: The show's stars have negotiated salaries of about $170,000 per episode for the show's upcoming 22-episode season, as well as adding another year to their seven-season contracts — bringing their run on the show up to eight seasons. By that point, sources say, the stars will be paid as much as $350,000 per episode, The Hollywood Reporter says.
For Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, and Sofia Vergara — as well as Ed O'Neill, who was already the best-compensated of the cast due to his higher profile before the show's debut — the salary shift puts the cast in the same league as other stars who have famously renegotiated their contracts, like the stars of Friends and The Big Bang Theory.
And despite how messy the stalemate got, the show's creators don't seem to have any hard feelings about how things played out. "It's no surprise, but I'm of course thrilled and I cannot wait to get on stage Monday morning and start making the show again," co-creator Steve Levitan said. "I feel really good about it. I'm very happy for my friends on the cast for their success, I really am."