The Simpsons’ Money Dispute May End Show

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The longest running and most successful animated series in television history might not last forever. Fox Studios and the six man actors who lend their voices to the show’s characters are at war over pay. As of today, the network wants the actors to take a 45% pay cut (ouch).

Twentieth Century Fox Television stated to The Daily Beast, “23 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.”

The actors fighting over their paychecks have proposed a 30 percent pay cut on the grounds that they receive a small piece of the back-end profits, including revenue from syndication and branded items… something the actors have never received compensation for. Currently the voice actors are making around $8 million annually for 22 weeks’ worth of work, and with the pay cut proposed by the studio would make closer to $4.15 million.

Unfortunately for the show’s fans, the studio is dead set on this pay cut and according to a studio insider, “Now Fox is basically saying, ‘If you don’t take this deal, we’ll shut down the show,’ and they’ll continue to make a ton of money. They’re free to sell it to cable and a second round of syndication, and they figure that the cast has very little leverage.”

Sad indeed. Let’s hope that an solution that works for both parties can be found.

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