Britney Spears demanded her X Factor pay deal was higher than Jennifer Lopez's earnings for American Idol.
The "Toxic" singer eventually agreed to a $15 million payment for one season of the US version of the Simon Cowell-fronted talent show, $3 million more than the "On The Floor" hitmaker gained for her first season on the rival program.
"Britney's bottom line was no less than $13 million," a source said. However it is also believed she initially asked for as much as $20 million, before eventually settling on the final sum.
The deal is said to have made bosses on American Idol particularly nervous as they think Jennifer now may up her demands for the show despite ratings falling in the last season.
It is believed X Factor bosses were so desperate to sign up Britney for the second season of the show they gave her permission to do whatever she wanted, which she did at her first taping of the show in Austin, Texas when she walked out during four auditions: "Simon Cowell is a smart and shrewd businessman who knew Britney could make his show and he was willing to give her just about anything to come on board - and he did."
Should someone be thanking Britney Spears?
Not too long ago we were wondering if How I Met Your Mother was going to be renewed. Now CBS is rewarding the show’s cast members for sticking around.
As a thank you for boosting Monday night’s numbers, the network has just given all five actors - Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris and Alyson Hannigan - substantial raises. Their pay bumps, retroactive to the start of the season, amount to approximately 2-3 times their previous salaries. They will now reportedly rake in anywhere between $90,000-$120,000 per episode.
In addition to a larger check, the five will also have a longer stay. Their old seven-year contracts were extended to eight.
Read More | The Hollywood Reporter
From 90210 to Hawaii, salary issues are going on everywhere.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Matthew Fox and Evangeline Lilly are the latest stars currently asking for a pay increase. The two actors - whose jobs on Lost appear to be safe - have been quietly talking to the bosses about padding their $150,000 per episode paychecks.
As one would expect, news of these negotiations have since prompted others in the cast seek their own adjustments. Considering the majority of the islanders only receive somewhere in the $80,000-$90,000 range, could we blame them?
Will these financial matters ultimately result in a castaway’s early exit? Let’s hope not!
Read More | Hollywood Reporter
Tori Spelling may be willing to run her own Bed & Breakfast. She might even be willing to sell her own gourmet fries. But she apparently won’t do anything for money.
Although she was signed on to star in CW’s version of 90210, a paycheck dispute has forced the Tori & Dean star to drop out completely. This revelation comes after Spelling said she would be temporarily sitting on the bench to recover from her second pregnancy.
Earlier today, Deadline Hollywood Daily claimed the actress was actually holding out because of less than equal treatment. When Tori learned that her $10,000-$20,000 per episode number fell far below what Jennie Garth and Shannen Doherty were being offered (reportedly between $35,000-$50,000 per episode), she walked away.
Now the 35-year-old’s rep has confirmed to Us Magazine that Donna Martin won’t be seen anytime soon. “At this time, there are no plans for Tori to appear in the 90210 spinoff.”
I guess the record ratings Tori & Dean have been bringing to Oxygen aren’t really needed on the CW?
Read More | Us Weekly
Even though they didn’t get the amount they were hoping for, The Simpsons’ cast has finally returned to work. A settlement reached this weekend capped off months of salary negotiations between the show’s talent and 20th Century Fox TV.
The comedy’s lead players - Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Hank Azaria, Yeardley Smith, Nancy Cartwright and Harry Shearer - were reportedly seeking a $500,000 per episode paycheck. (That would have been up from around $360,000.) What they eventually settled on was a number closer to $400K. Although Shearer was still in the process of finalizing his deal, his co-workers were expected at a table read scheduled for Monday.
The new contract will lock up the actors at the new rate for four years and give fans their 20th year with the Simpsons clan. (FOX would have to specifically request additional installments.) Unfortunately, 2008-09 will still see less episodes than originally planned; two half-hours were shaved off due to the delayed negotiations.
Read More | Hollywood Reporter
Fans can usually come to expect at least one of two things from any long-running program:
- A constantly-changing list of cast members. (You can refer to the Law & Order franchise for examples.)
- Periodic contract negotiations.
So it should come as no surprise that America’s longest-running sitcom is once again dealing with matters of the financial kind.
Read More | Variety
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