Nerds can negotiate apparently.
Warner Bros. ponied up the cash that Big Bang Theory stars Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, and Kaley Cuoco were seeking. After negotiations between the show and its stars stalled and delayed production of the show’s eighth season, the pressure eventually got to the distributors and they succumbed to the stars demanding $1 million per episode. They each signed three year deals for the amount that they were looking for. This is a significant raise from the $300,000 they were making prior to the new contracts. When all the perks are factored in — including signing bonuses and back-end fees — the actors will likely pocket north of $90 million over the three years.
With Parsons, Galecki and Cuoco on board, and co-stars Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik already signed, the show now focuses on signing new deals with Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar (who are currently fetching $125 and $75K per episode, respectively). The pair remain in active talks are are expected to close new pacts today so that production can start on Wednesday.
Back in March, CBS renewed Big Bang for three more seasons — through May 2017 — contingent on the cast’s contracts staying current. According to Deadline, the actors’ new contracts leave open the possibility of an 11th season.
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