Modern Family Cast Members, 20th Century Fox TV Resolve Contract Dispute

Faster than an express Christmas, Modern Family’s contract renegotiation impasse is over.

The adult members of the ABC sitcom’s cast have settled their dispute with 20th Century Fox TV, and production of the Emmy-winning series’ Season 4 is back to normal.

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The first hint that the talent and the Powers That Be would come to terms happened at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills Friday. ABC President Paul Lee said he expected the comedy’s season would begin when it was scheduled to, despite a contract-voiding lawsuit filed earlier in the week by stars Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Eric Stonestreet, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Sofia Vergara and a hastily rescheduled table read (that, in the end, the entire cast attended). “We hopeful and optimistic that we’ll be able to resolve it,” Lee said.

All of the adults mentioned above will more than double their current $65,000-an-episode salaries (to roughly 170,000, per Deadline) and receive a piece of the show’s lucrative back end. The change will make their per-episode pay closer to that of co-star Ed O’Neill, who made roughly $105,000 an episode for Season 3 and whose deal entitles him to a larger cut of the back end than his peers. The actors agreed to drop their lawsuit and add a year onto their existing seven-year contracts.

With 14 nominations, Modern Family is the most-lauded scripted comedy series going into this year’s Emmys. The series returns for its new season on Wednesday, Sept. 26 (9/8c).



Comments (16)

  • Shocker (he says, sarcastically)!

    Comment by TV Gord – July 27, 2012 08:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yay they deserved every penny.

    Comment by nick1372 – July 27, 2012 08:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Just out of curiosity, why are some names bold?

    Comment by D'Arcy – July 27, 2012 09:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I could be wrong, but it’s most likely just an SEO tactic. Words that are bolded are given more weight to bots that search webpages, making search engines label this certain page as being a topic about that bolded term. In this case, if someone say searches for “Sofia Vergara,” a search engine is more likely to turn up this page. My second guess as to why only SOME are bolded is because they’re more searched for, or something.

      Comment by Just Me – July 27, 2012 10:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I have to give this one Ausiello. He didn’t think this as a big deal (despite many claiming that the MF cast were personally responisble for the GFC) and was sure it would be resolved by the end of the week, and he was right.

    Comment by quang – July 27, 2012 10:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It’s nice to know that when you sign a contract, it means nothing. Where’s your integrity, people? I’ve just lost a lot of respect for these folks.

    Comment by Mike – July 28, 2012 05:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • It doesn’t mean nothing when you sign a contract. It means nothing when you sign a contract and then find out later that the contract violated state law. In that case, the contract must be re-negotiated. And since the contract needs to be re-negotiated, why not ask for a raise since they won all kinds of Emmy’s and other awards and helped make the show what it is? I don’t understand what is so difficult to understand about this situation.

      Comment by John – July 30, 2012 10:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • WHAT A BUNCH OF GREEDY JERK’S. THEY COULD BE REPLACED BY MANY ACTORS. NO WONDER THE INDUSTRY IS SUCH A MESS WITH OVER PAID
    SALARIES GOING TO PEOPLE WITH LITTLE TALENT.

    Comment by jackie – July 28, 2012 05:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Um, they won Emmys . That’s not little talent. And I have trouble taking anything you post seriously on account of your bad grammar.

      Comment by nick1372 – July 28, 2012 08:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Give the kid that plays Luke a pay rise. He carries the whole damn show.

    Comment by Erin – July 28, 2012 06:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Agreed. The kids are the ones worth watching. Any of the adults could be replaced — and obviously should be. Greedy bastards…..

    Comment by ed yingling – July 29, 2012 10:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Great they should get more and Fox and other higher ups should stop being the greedy one’s. They would have nothing without the cast they have. With syndication already starting for the shows and the awards won they deserve it. Plus more money is coming in because syndication the cast should see that too.

    I think it’s hilarious to read some comments on here and sad that people are saying they are greedy because they are asking for their share because the person commenting doesn’t have as much.. What is wrong with people.. Attack the corporations for that not the actors making way less. Same with musicians getting ripped off by music labels to.. The wrong people are taking all the m

    Comment by M – July 30, 2012 01:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Great they should get more and Fox and other higher ups should stop being the greedy one’s. They would have nothing without the cast they have. With syndication already starting for the shows and the awards won they deserve it. Plus more money is coming in because syndication the cast should see that too.

    I think it’s hilarious to read some comments on here and sad that people are saying they are greedy because they are asking for their share because the person commenting doesn’t have as much.. What is wrong with people.. Attack the corporations for that not the actors making way less. Same with musicians getting ripped off by music labels to.. The wrong people are taking all the money from the true talent

    Comment by M – July 30, 2012 01:25 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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