A dispute between 20th Century Fox and the voice talent of the famous Simpson characters are creating tension over a new contract…Will they get it together before it’s too late?
This upcoming Spring may be the last time we lay eyes on the popular family that has been around for a whopping 23 seasons.
Sources say, ”The show has made billions in profits over the years and will continue to do so as far as the eye can see down the road. The actors are willing to take a pay cut of roughly a third, but that’s not good enough for FOX.”
The source also goes on to add that FOX is asking the staff take a 45 percent cut in their salary. So let’s do the math. The main cast alone takes home about $400,000 an episode, with the 45 percent cut they will take home a little over $200,000. Hmmmm…I think that’s still a pretty good deal considering the fact that each season of the Simpsons consists of 20 episodes.
Another source reveals that the voice talent including Dan Castallaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Harry Shearer, and Hank Azaria tried to come to an agreement by trying to counter the offer with a 30 percent cut and a small percentage of backend profits from syndication and merchandise, but that offer was shot down immediately.
FOX released a statement saying, ”Twenty-three seasons in, ‘The Simpsons’ is as creatively vibrant as ever and beloved by millions around the world. We believe this brilliant series can and should continue, but we cannot produce future seasons under its current financial model. We are hopeful that we can reach an agreement with the voice cast that allows ‘The Simpsons’ to go on entertaining audiences with original episodes for many years to come.” Yea I hope so! If not, there are going to be a lot of unhappy campers out there…
A similar dispute happened back in 1998 over a new contract with the Simpsons, and the show ‘Futurama’. Luckily, they worked everything out and kept the shows on the air. Something that I hope happens with the current situation we have at hand..
What do you think?